Just after finding out her husband is having an affair, he is killed in a freak accident in the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade, and Helen Fairchild finds her life forever changed. She tries to mourn her husband, but finds that her investment-banker husband has blown their money and she and her son are left on the verge of bankruptcy. Faced with losing the opulent lifestyle they created among the high society residents of Pasadena, Helen must sell her home, juggle her son’s private school tuition and find a job. Surrounded by wonderful friends and finding a job in a museum that fits her interests from her education–before she dropped out to get married–Helen’s life changes in unexpected ways. Dolan writes characters that are believable and easy to relate to and allows us to see them evolve as circumstances demand. Filled with humor and smart, loyal and likeable friends, Helen of Pasadena is a charming story about starting over and finding passion in life. Another equally entertaining book by Dolan is Elizabeth the First Wife.