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Name : Donna A.

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Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A beautifully written book that informs us of a time in U.S. History where fear led to the mistreatment of Japanese-Americans.

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

Even though this book centers on the assassination of President Kennedy, it also takes readers back to hula hoops and candied Dots. One can remember their time growing up, while waiting for history to be changed. It keeps your interest and the events have you craving to finish a long book, while your inner voice is saying, "Oh dear, I remember that."

Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Interesting
Palisades Park

This book is well-written, with a storyline that many people during this time period may have experienced. I believe we many have become jaded in our reading, waiting for an explosive event in the story, which never comes in this book. It simply is what it is.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Boring
Lady Chatterley\'s Lover

This was our selection to read a Banned Book. Actually the sexual descriptions are not even close to what appears in books today. Lady Chatterley is married to an aristocratic who is injured in World War 1 and is confinded to a wheelchair. She leaves him in the hands of the housekeeper and heads for the woods to meet the gamekeeper. The Ladies in the book club didn\\\'t really like the book, but discussion was lively and exciting. When your table is the noisiest in the room, other people start to listen!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between Oceans

A wonderful story of love, compassion and values. Stedman takes readers to an island miles off the Australian coast to a lighthouse. Tom, a stoic man brings his bride Isabel, a woman of laughter to this desolate place. Saddened and anguished over miscarriages, Isabel uses Tom's love for her to force him to make a decision that leads them and others to heart ache.

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

An inspiring, but honest story about foster care. Each chapter draws the reader further into the lives of Victoria, Elizabeth, Catherine and Grant. The use of flowers to represent personalities adds another element to the story and makes one wonder what flower would be Elizabeth, or Grant or Meredith.

Dark, Slow, Interesting
Mixed feelings about The Goldfinch

The majority of the readers are former teachers, who found the story wordy and some story parts to descriptive. Others thought there were parts of the story that too much time was spent on, especially the drinking and drugs. Can\'t say the characters weren\'t well developed, perhaps summer is not the time to read this book.

Jewelweed: A Novel by David Rhodes
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Graphic

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Inspiring, Fantastic
The Story Keeper

The first of the Carolina Heirloom series. Finding a slush pile manuscript on her desk, has editor Jen being taken back to her Blue Ridge Mountain roots. This novel is a story within a story and will have you wondering how the story with bring you up to the present. Each novel in the series can stand on its own, but you would be missing a wonderful series, if you didn't read them all.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Insightful

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

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
Big Little Lies

This book will keep you wondering who is going to die, while you delve into the lives of the parents of a new class of kindergarteners. You will roll your eyes at how the characters in this book interact, but you\'ll find it addictive.

Interesting, Fun, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Dark
The Hand That Feeds You.

Once the reader gets passed page twenty, they will be wondering, "Who was this guy?" This is a psychotic thriller from beginning to end. The story does drag in the middle, but overall will keep you on the end of your seat.

Boring, Unconvincing
Daddy 3.0

Book club members were in agreement that Daddy 3.0 just wasn't for them. Characters weren't convincing in their roles. The comedy or humor just wasn't there.

Book Club Recommended
Scary, Addictive
Down the Dark Raod

The twists and turns in Linda Castillo new addition to the Kate Burkholder series has your brain working overtime on how will she solve this case, especially when at every turn she meets a deep end.

Inspiring, Beautiful, Difficult

Beautiful, Interesting, Addictive

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh
Addictive, Dramatic, Brilliant

Finding Dorothy: A Novel by Elizabeth Letts
Interesting, Fun, Informative

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Informative, Adventurous, Beautiful

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

The Farm: A Novel by Joanne Ramos
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing

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