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The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Kitchen House

Our book club loved it and felt it was one of our best reads. The characters really came to life in our discussion. An amazing first novel for the author. Her next book will be CROW MARY and our group looks forward to reading it. We also hope she writes a sequel to The Kitchen House. We would love to see what happened to some of the characters who escaped slavery and were freed of their indentured servitude.

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

Our book club enjoyed this book very much. It grabbed your attention from the start and held it throughout the entire story. A great book that generated much discussion around the controversy of woman pulling off the ultimate scheme of portraying a man in a monastery during the 9th century. Our hostess recommended watching the movie that was shown on REELZ and we were also honored to chat with the author, Donna Wolfolk Cross, during our meeting.

Night Road: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Night Road

This was a compelling and gripping story for all parents and their teens to read. The majority of our members enjoyed this book because it made us think about our own lives and similar experiences we had in raising our own teenagers and how we may have done things differently. The key takeaway from this story is how important is for us as parents to "Talk To Our Kids" through the dangerous years to help them understand that one bad decision can destroy friendships and lives changed forever. But most importantly, say what we mean and mean what we say.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

Very interesting to understand our successes are not necessarily where we attended college or where ranked in class, but more about our heritage, when we were born, and timing is more the key to our opportunities for success.

Waiting for White Horses by Nathan Jorgenson
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Dramatic
Waiting for White Horses by Nathan Jorgensen

Our book club truly enjoyed reading this book. Several of our husbands read and discussed it with us as some are duck hunters. They could relate to Grant and Will\\\'s love of the sport and outdoors as well as their little boy antics...we all laughed hysterically at those. While funny in some ways, it was also a bittersweet story of love, loss and redemption. We are all waiting for white horses at some point in our lives. Several of our members are in healthcare, so the medical and government bureaucracy in the story hit a nerve. We would highly recommend this book as an enjoyable read that lends itself to a lively discussion.

City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
Slow beginning but gets better

Our book club was very fortunate to win copies of this book and chat with the author. A very interesting and climatic ending!

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Great for book club discussion.

Our book club read this and loved it. The subject of death with dignity invoked difficult discussions on how we felt about assisted suicide and what we would choose if faced with a life-changing event. Loved each of these characters!

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Sisters Between: A Novel of the Beguines

Our book club loved this story of beguine life in the 14th century. We were most honored to have this rare opportunity to have Mary Connally at our meeting to discuss her research of beguine history & turning it into a beautiful and well written story of the different characters. Mrs. Connally\'s sister lives next door to one of our members. How lucky we were!! Mrs. Connally took her characters and made them so real that we could relate with their lives. I always gauge a good book by the way it pulls me in where I feel I am living the story to the point of feeling I am right there in the moment as a bystander. I could actually smell Mergriet bread baking her delicious bread for the poor. Our members had never heard of the independent beguines. We were so happy to learn about these courageous in that period and would highly recommend it as a book club selection!

Necessary Lies: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
Necessary Lies

Our book club had not heard of Diane Chamberlain prior to Necessary Lies, but fell in love with the authors writing style, especially in the way she brings the characters to life. I grew up in NC and remember the Eugenics program, but then we did not know this is what sterilization of the illiterate and poverty stricken was actually called. We just knew it happened. Upon reading this tough subject, we had no idea how prevalent it really was nor how deceptive. This novel is truly compelling! It will hook you from the first to the last as you read with tears and disbelief and rally hope for Ivy, Mary Ella and Jane! I loved the book so much that I immediately started The Silent Sister. Wow! Another great story by is author. Will be reading more from her!

Lifted by the Great Nothing by Karim Dimechkie
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Graphic, Dramatic
Difficult though educational opportunity

Honesty, Integrity, and Healthy Boundaries, common themes throughout this story, are very important values needed to develop a healthy, functional family, upon which, all were grossly lacking in the characters, with the probable exception of the Yang's (notwithstanding Robby). Without these values intact, everything fails, everyone loses. Is their Hope?...yes there is. In the end Max was lifted only to find hope and reconciliation through, of all things, the life cycle of a rare camukra flower. Our bookclub was surprised there were no reviews stating Max experienced a very "unhealthy" coming-of-age experience. We agreed Lifted By The Great Nothing was difficult and graphic at times but presented an opportunity for an educational discussion on child safety. We would caution readers to the controversial and illegal behaviors of some of the characters triggering emotions for some. We gave it a 3.0 due to the content.

The Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Romantic

Our book club loved it.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Adventurous
South of Jusrice

First of the Compass Crime Series. Mult-layered and suspense to the end!! Highly recommend this book.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Fabulous Debut Novel

Our book club loved this book. We rated it as one of top 5 historical fiction novels. Emotional and compelling!

When Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Graphic, Scary
Horrifying Reality

Our bookclub won this book through Goodreads and had a wonderful, yet horrifying insighful chat with the author, Paige Dearth about the reality of human trafficking. Be aware...this story is not for the faint of heart. It is graphic, unsettling and extremely sad. Have tissues ready! Paige did a great job in exposing the reality of a very real tragedy in the fate of many of our society's children.

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
The power of strength in human relationships

One of the best books books we have read this year. It will stay with you for a very long time. Try doing the immersion reading, the Southern accent of the narrator really draws you into the story.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring

One of the best books I've read and I have read some great books lately. Our book club loved it too! This story is filled with joy, sadness and anger. It is the type of story that you never want to end. It stayed with me for months on end and I couldn't stop talking about it. A must read!

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic

A fabulous book that will make you cry a thousand tears. Have your tissues ready for this one!

Rivers: A Novel by Michael Farris Smith
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Interesting, Dark
Dystopic Novel!

A very interesting story. What would you do to survive an apocalypse? Well written and thought provoking.

Difficult, Pointless, Boring

Not enjoyable.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Optimistic, Romantic
Endearing story of forgiveness and healing

Carol J Post writes a beautiful story of two damaged people who find each other through forgiveness and healing. It was so nice to read a sweet, clean, love story. Trust My Heart would be perfect for a Hallmark movie.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Slow, Insightful

My book club enjoyed this book because we were unaware of this true story. Periodically we will choose a book about the Holocaust and never fail to learn something new about this horrific time period. We loved that Antonina was able to utilize her calm "whisperer" demeanor to deal with the Nazis like she did with the animals to pull off hiding her "Guests" in plain sight. The story was good but we felt it was dry and boring at times.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Beautiful
Beautiful love story

My book club absolutely loved this story as well as a real history lesson on Cuba.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Addictive
Author hit a home run!

On our list as one of the best books of 2018.

The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Slow, Inspiring

A beautiful story.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Beautiful, Interesting
Ravages of Alzheimer’s

Memory is a double edge sword in this novel. Marina tries holding on to her memories of the cherished paintings in the Hermitage Museum during the Seige of Leningrad while the devastating disease, Alzheimer’s is robbing her of them.

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