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Name : Karen K.

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Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Slow, Fun
A new Southern classic

This is a great southern novel. The story of "the boy" (Porter Osborne Jr.) is simple, honest, raw, lively, humorous, and at times heart-breaking. Sams uses great word pictures to describe the characters. Our club had a good discussion of themes like unconditional love, coming of age, race and race relations. Recommended reading!

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Beautiful
Masterful and captivating!

Powerful and heartwrenching; once you get started you will not want to put this book down!!! Recommend reading the Old Testament book of Hosea in the Bible first.

The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic
A must read book!

My new favorite by Elizabeth Musser! Beautifully written Christian historical fiction set in 1930s depression-era Atlanta, centering on two teenage girls who form an unlikely bond of friendship. Key themes include survival, provision, faith, redemption and hope. It's emotion-packed and full of historical tidbits, lightened by a bit of romance, and interwoven with mystery and family secrets. A must read!!

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Not a fan

Our members didn't like this one overall: though the writing style was appreciated by some, we all agreed that it was very depressing and negative to the point of being monotonous. The characters were not engaging and the storylines were too discordant and uncompelling.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Compelling and emotional read

Sarah's story is an engrossing read; Julia's story is less so. This novel has a lot of good discussion potential for a group.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting

If you love to get caught up in a good book, this novel is for you! Excellent historical fiction interwoven with a southern coming-of-age story full of emotion. Definitely recommend! This was our book club's first selection in 2009 so it has a special place in our hearts. After reading it, we visited the real Swan House (now part of the Atlanta History Center).

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
Not your average Holmes, but different can be good!

King doesn't attempt to re-write Sherlock Holmes in "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" so don't go looking for the world Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created. The story she weaves together is a plausible extension of the character we know and love mixed in with the intelligence and wit of the teenage Mary Russell, and that's why our book club thought it worked. It moves slowly at first and there are a few sections in the middle that drag, but overall it's an engaging and intruiguing read that kept our interest to the exciting finish.

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