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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A well written, fun read that pulled you into the lives and experiences of many colorful/interesting and well-developed characters. Although serious in subject (the life altering effects of the German occupation on the people of Guernsey), the authors interject humor, romance, historical fact and more. The story pulls you in. The letter format filled the book with "first-hand account" detail that made the story even more interesting.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
The Time Traveler's Wife

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

The author immediately pulls you in with a tale of mystery that makes the reader eager for more.

Cold Rock River by J. L. Miles
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Inspiring, Unconvincing
Cold Rock River

We really enjoyed the story of Adie, and especially Tempe's, triumphs through difficult life events. Tempe's optimism and perseverance were inspiring, and J.L. Miles often left you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next chapter's events. However, we all believed that Miles' use of broken dialect in Tempe's journal was degrading, distracting and inconsistent with the description of how Tempe learned to read and write from classic literature.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Confusing
Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
The Next Thing on My List: A Novel

It was a fun read.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help

A beautifully written story with well developed characters. I didn't want to put it down and genuinely cared about what happened to the characters. I wanted to hug Aibileen, protect Minny, and slap Hilly :-)

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

This was a very fun read, with a good story, interesting characters, and intriguing plot twists. An intelligently written novel.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room is a must read!

This book is gripping. It took me a little while to become absorbed, but once I got into the story, I was hooked. The characters and story were well-developed. Very interesting perspective from the voice of the 5 year old.

 
Pointless, Poorly Written, Fun
Don't waste your time

Although the premise has potential, the book falls flat. The writing is poor, the characters are undeveloped and the end just peters out. It is also very repetitive in its description of certain characters and circumstances - guess the author had to stretch the text to meet a minimum page requirement.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
One of my very favorites!

Excellent book. The author takes you into another world, another time... characters are well developed, the story is gripping, poignant, romantic. I highly recommend it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Great read!

Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Cutting for Stone

A beautiful story about relationships, love, and the consequences brough about by our choices. This book is so well written. The charachters are wonderful, even is not always likeable and the story builds in lots of suspense as it unfolds.

I found myself trying to describe the book to a friend, but in relaying the premise, felt I fell short of really captureing all of the emotion and feeling that the author builds in. You must read it to really get it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Thought provoking

I enjoyed this book very much. I took it for what it is, an incredible story about an event that occurred in a little boy's life as interpreted by his family. I enjoyed hearing about the boy's visit to Heaven and the beautiful picture that he paints. I also enjoyed the comparisons of those events to scripture and found myself learning a few things I didn't know. I choose to believe because that works for me and because, someday far into the future, I hope to go there too. Beautiful.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
A story of unconditional love

This is a nice story with built in suspense as the story unravels. The author take a few convenient liberties with the storyline as it comes together in the end, but overall, I think it was enjoyable. A beautiful message of forgiveness and unconditional love.

An Uncommon Grace by Serena B Miller
 
Romantic, Optimistic, Interesting
A light read, but nothing to write home about

This book had some interesting characters and information about the Amish. I liked reading about a subject I know little about. I also liked the book\\\'s optimism, focus on the good in humankind, religious faith and strong family relationships. However, the story was not believable. The author included details and plot lines that were unnecessary, distracting and overly contrived. Her use of italic text to call out text written in Pennsylvania Dutch was a bit annoying.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Beautifully written and full of great characters

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great story and so well written. I found it hard to put down. I really enjoyed the focus on the strong protagonist and the fun Manhattan social setting that allowed her character to thrive.

 
Adventurous, Romantic, Unconvincing
Unlikeable characters, unconvincing story

Unlikeable characters, unconvincing story

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