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The Secret Life of Book Club By Heather Woodhaven

 

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The Secret Life of Book Club
The Secret Life of Book Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOK CLUB BY HEATHER WOODHAVEN:

In The Secret Life of Book Club, four neighbors formed a book club two years ago. Living life day-to-day, same old, same old, Jeanine decides to mix things up.  Suggesting each week, rather than read about adventure, they should participate in an adventure.  Something each woman had wanted and never done.  So, Anne, Paula, Jeanine, and Kate set out on an adventure of renewal, discovery, and perhaps, deep lasting friendship.  But things will become complicated before long as family dynamics and relationships come into play.  My inspirational romance book reviews of The Secret Life Of Book Club follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Heather Woodhaven created an intensely introspective story in The Secret Life Of Book Club.  Each woman’s family, dreams, past, and problems, high-lighted skillfully by Woodhaven, made a book I could not put down.  The four find, although neighbors and members of the same neighborhood book club, they did not really know each other.  Whether single mothers, harassed mothers, divorced, or just plain taken for granted, each woman will find encouragement, renewal, and companionship.   They find the rut they’re stick in, is no more;  they learn to live life rather than exist day-to-day in the endless round of domesticity.

At times funny, I laughed out loud;  then other times in tears, as Woodhaven skillfully developed the story-line.  Heather Woodhaven aptly penned the rut we can all get into as we journey through marriage and friendship;  life can become dull, boring, and the same day after day as we battle through.  Woodhaven skillfully shows there is much more to life and we should live life to the fullest each day.  Live to the fullest, these ladies do, as they try things I never would have thought about.  But at home family dynamics came in to play;  drama, male mid-life crisis, taco trucks, police chases, decisions made that can not be unmade, and so much more.  Woodhaven skillfully matured and renewed the characters through it all as she packed this story with emotion;  revealing secrets, ambitions, and forming lasting bonds.

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The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

 

The Art Of Hiding
The Art Of Hiding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ART OF HIDING BY AMANDA PROWSE:

In The Art Of Hiding, Nina McCarrick, has the perfect life.  She has everything a woman could want, everything wealth could buy; a loving husband, two wonderful children, a mansion, luxury cars, and money for anything she wants.  When Finn, her husband, suddenly dies in an auto accident, her world comes tumbling down.  She finds her husband’s broke and she’s bankrupt, without a dime to her name.  All she owns will go towards paying 8 million pounds in debts; she and her boys stand on their lawn and watch the creditors and courts take everything. Thrown on the street, life as she knew it, is over forever.

Come along with Nina as she ends up back where she started, reconnects with her sister, holds on day by day, and finally must learn to stand up and take control of her and her boy’s lives.  My contemporary book review of The Art Of Hiding follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am afraid my review will not do justice to this book. However, I will try to tell you the wonder of this story and Prowse’s talent with prose, plotting, and development.  The Art Of Hiding’s a powerfully written story of grief, renewal, and second chances at life.  I can’t imagine the feelings of pain and fear this woman felt as she found her life’s destroyed.  Nothing would ever be the same again. She’s desperate, with two boys, in unimaginable debt, losing everything she thought mattered.

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