The Hopefuls is written by Jennifer Close, and I loved her two other novels, Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One, and since this one is written by an author I love and it is set in DC, it was pretty much a no-brainer that The Hopefuls would be on my TBR list.
Beth and her husband Matt have just moved to DC from New York City. Beth had to give up her job for the move, which is helping advance Matt's career. There's not much she likes about DC at first, especially because she is lonely. When they meet Ashleigh and Jimmy at a party, the two women instantly click. They become a foursome, eating together, going out together, talking many times each day.
Washington, D.C., is full of ambitious people, and both Jimmy and Matt have career goals that may get in the way of their friendship and even their marriages.
Close has written another winner. This novel is all about the characters, as Close has an expert eye for relaying minute details about people's thoughts and actions and weaving them into her characters. She's perfectly captured the waxing and waning of a friendship as well as what life in D.C. is like. I loved this one, and was only sad when I turned the last page.