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The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Murders Daughters

I found the book hard to put down, although I really didn't like any of the characters. I still got hooked in the drama.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
The Shadow of the Wind

The adjective that was used by more than half of our members during our meeting was "rich." Definitely worth the time it will take, and every member that wasn't through with the book was encouraged to finish it. The book is set in the first half of the 20th century in Spain, which is not a time that anyone had studied or taught in school, even though there are multiple generations of teachers in the group. One member listened to an audio version, and said it was easier to get through the Spainish names and not get bogged down in the vividly descriptive prose.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
 
Dramatic, Beautiful, Inspiring
I Capture the Castle

Recommended by many outside the bookclub as one of the best books ever, but as a group we didn't think so. Only a couple group members finished it, and the overall consensus was that it wasn't good enough to finish. The characters were fun, but discussion drifted quickly to other topics besides the book.

Maine (Vintage Contemporaries) by J. Courtney Sullivan
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Beautiful, Unconvincing
Maine

Interesting summer read. One of the more thoroughly discussed books by our group, but no one will read it a second time. Characters not particularly likeable but we could identify with all of them.

Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
 
Shout Her Lovely Name

While very well written, the book jacket description wasn't very accurate. In my book club's opinion, it was a novelette with 3 random extra short stories thrown in. Club members hoped to be inspired or have their own mother daughter experiences validated. Definitely not the case here.

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