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Name : Ruth A.

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The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Romantic, Fun, Beautiful
A Great Read!

Our book club members enjoyed this book immensely. For several members, this was an introduction to Nicholas Sparks. All agreed that Mr. Sparks writes a novel that relates to everyday living. The statement, "How far do you go in the name of true love," is a profound one that makes one take pause. One member made the statement, "As long as there's life there's hope". That sums it all.

The Innocent Man by John Grisham
Informative, Gloomy, Scary
A book not for the faint hearted

Our bookclub enjoyed this book grudgingly. One member said she didn't like it but couldn't put it down. Another said it made her so mad she wanted to throw the book across the room. So this book stirs up deep emotions, which I'm sure was John Grisham's intent. If you want a deep read about failures in the system, and the plight of a very sick man, this is your book.

Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
A good read

I enjoyed this book very much. It was an easy read and the story kept my interest. The lessons of making good choices and forgiveness ring loud and clear. Everything we do affects the future and everyone we care about. Our book club gave it high ratings and everyone enjoyed it.

Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Not for everyone

Our club members thought this book was a dull read. Most felt the first half was slow with too much character description. Only a few, including myself, enjoyed the book. I liked the colorful characters and thought the book had passages that brought a laugh. Everyone agreed that Ulna impacted everyone she met in a good way and all would like to live in a town like Elmwood Springs.

Where Are You Now?: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark
Dramatic, Brilliant, Interesting
A Book to Keep you Guessing

Our entire bookclub really enjoyed this book. As far as the villain of the book, no one really got it until right at the end. It is an easy, fast read and we expect nothing less from Mary Higgins Clark.

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
Inspiring, Insightful
A really good book!

The Scarlet Thread has become one of the favorites of our book club. The issues dealt with are ageless. Pride, the desire for better things, can sometimes reek havoc on a marriage and build barriers where there were none. This is a book recommended to couples in all stages of their life.

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
Romantic, Fun, Addictive
Print and Proper Book Club liked this book!

Our members all agreed that this book, though basically a fantasy, was a good book. It was easy to read and dealt with a lot of today's issues. There are a few twists that the reader doesn't see coming. Some questions are left unanswered, causing each reader to come up with their own answers. On a scale of 1-10, they rated this book from a 7 to a 10. All agreed it was definitely one of the top that we've read so far.

The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
An Intense Read

The members of our book club that read the book loved the plot and story line. The twists and turns keep the reader turning each page with expectation. Andrew Gross has a way with words and plot line that keeps you guessing. This is definitely an adult read as it contains a lot of strong language. Some in our group could not get past the profanity and stopped before finishing. Those of us that did finish it felt it was one of the best that we have read yet. Mr. Gross was generous enough to send, via email, a list of discussion questions for us. On giving him a summary of our meeting, which he requested, we did mention the use of language and he graciously replied that he had several emails concerning it and was going over the final draft of his new book to lighten it up. It is a great book for book clubs and makes for lively discussions. So if you like an intense mystery, and can tolerate some language, you won't be disappointed with The Dark Tide.

A Really Good Story!

I could not get my book club to read this book, so I read it on my own. I really enjoyed it, although it is a little involved in descriptions and such. The main character Veda Grenfell is a wonderful character who is a century beyond her time. She is a strong and determined woman, and very ardent about the things she loves. She has much adversity in this story but maintains her character and sanity. Anyone who loves this time period will certainly love this book.

Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
A Fast Read

Our book club on the whole liked this book. It wasn't one of our favorites, however. The story line is good, and it does lead to a good discussion. Some members felt the characters were too good to be true and their reactions to some of the situations they faced were not realistic. They either loved it or felt it was like reading a screen play.

Before The Storm by Diane Chamberlain
Another Hit!!

Our club loved this book almost as much as The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes, by Dianne Chamberlain also. Ms. Chamberlain has the ability to keep the reader guessing and usually not guessing correctly. One comment our club said was "Everyone in this book was a little crazy!" This is definitely a good discussion book.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
Needs more excitement!

Our book club on the whole liked the book. However, it wasn't nearly one of our favorites. The story line was good and the story on a train was intriguing. However, we felt the book didn't keep our interest. It was not one that you just couldn't put down. All felt that they were having to make themselves read it. I've read better Christmas stories and this one just left us wanting more romance and intrigue.

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