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a culinary mystery . Hannah a cookie/bakery shop owner turned P.I.

I really like to check into Flukes culinary mysteries, she an easy read you grow close to the characters, I would not recommend her series for a book club due to limited discussion capabilities, but shes fun, easy, and has some great recipes tucked inside each novel.

Fun, Interesting, Insightful
The MIssing years of Jesus as descibed by his best friend biff.

I absolutely love Christopher Moore, he is quirky, but if you have sensitivity issues in the matter of faith, this book may not be for you, This book takes you through the life of Jesus as a young boy the trials and tribulations he must face as he hides that he is the chosen one, how he meets Mary,and his Journeys with Biff, who narrates the story. Moore writes books that are really out of the box. You have to be open minded or you will be offended. Regardless of if you like him or hate him I consider him a great author as he makes you think, and that is why he is one of my top 5 favorite authors. way out there, fun, makes you say wow, where did that come from!

Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews
Fun book with twists and turns, page turner.

Read any Mary Kay Andrews book and you'll not want to put it down, fun, sassy, and she even leaves you a little surprise in each book.

Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
Something for everyone.

I could not understand how anyone reading this could not lose a little piece of their own hearts to the wonderful characters in this novel. This is one of the rare finds that make you want to cry when you get to the last page, because its over. Lorna Landvik is an exceptional writer! I would be dumbfounded for anyone to tell me they did not enjoy this book.

The Woods by Harlan Coben
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
known for his many last chapter shockers.

great writer but I don't think his books were meant for book discussions. As this being a mystery, You'd be Limited on discussion questions.But Harlan Coben is an excellent author all the same. He's great to read on your own and recommend to friends.

You hear stories about people living underground, John Saul makes you feel like you're there!

Excellent book forcing you to realize not everyone has the luxury of living like you do, and what can go on behind closed doors when you have power and money. A wicked reality check, John Saul's best I've read since his early first novels. I feel this book would be a perfect book discussion choice.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Romantic, Beautiful, Fantastic
The true meaning of "soul Mates"

One of the best books ever written. Somethings wrong if this book does not bring a tear to your eye. It is hope in a world full of seemingly endless tales of giving up, that it is possible to find true and everlasting love. It is one of the best love stories ever made.

One of the Best ones yet

Just when you think she can't get any funnier, she does. I enjoyed this book so much, I was actually taking my time to try and make it last. You will not be disappointed!

The Quickie by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Pointless, Unconvincing, Interesting
A story with to many far fetched plots.

This story could have been written in less than 150 pages. It was such a disappointment especially since it was James Patterson's novel. The majority of the club rated it a 6 or 7 out of 10 Me and another member would rate it about a 4 or 5. The story line started out decent enough, but it just got to the point that it was way over the top, and just hard to believe.
The best part of this book was its ending, it was the most viable part of the story, which is great because who likes a bad ending. In my opinion the ending completely saved me from rating this book a 1 or a 2. I think Patterson is an excellent writer, perhaps he should just stick to writing his books alone. They are much better that way.

The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
Do some homework and this book is an excellent Book Club read.

I liked this book, and I think it makes an excellent book club read, simply because of the history entailed in the story lines. I personally did not know much about Pagan religions, I went online and did some background research for myself. This research led to some very interesting discoveries about the Vestal Virgins. It also opened my eyes to facts which contradict modern beliefs. Such as the first Voting rights for women started as early as the 2nd century. This book was Interesting and easy to follow once I had a clearer concept on Pagan and Christian religions. The other very interesting part of the book of course was the topic of reincarnation, overall I do not know how anyone could not have a great discussion with this book, it has history, mystery, interesting characters with hidden lives but mostly it leaves you with the notions of interesting and debateable the topic is. However; This book is one that requires concentration, to keep up with it.

Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
If you don't have a list of things to do before you die I suspect after reading this you will!

This book gives so much possibility for discussion that it would amaze me for anyone to say differently. The book has charm and is a genuine look at the life of June who chooses to accomplish a list of things to do for a complete stranger she happens to give a ride home from at a weight watchers meeting.
While on their way June swerves to miss something that falls off a vehicle in front of them causing an accident in which the girl passes away. In trying to accomplish the list by the deadline which is the girls 25th birthday, June learns more about herself and the meaning of her own life and what life is really about.
I will make my own list after reading this really great story. Bravo Jill Smolinski for making anyone who reads it think about how short life can be, and will I make the most of the life I am given.

Good discussion book but rather on the boring side.

Though this was one of the hardest books I ever tried to read, as I found myself falling asleep through it. I found it much easier to listen to on CD. This could have been such a good book, if it had been edited better. The story was all over the place, the Characters were interesting but there were just too many of them. There was a lot of unnecessary Gibberish like 10 different kinds of rain...
The things we all agreed upon: we all liked the old wives tales in the story and we all thought this could have been a really good book if edited better.I only recommended this because regardless of its down falls we had an excellent book discussion about it.

The Gift by Richard Paul Evans
Makes you ask yourself why someone you love is blessed with a gift to help others, but at what cost?

I found Richard Paul Evans years ago and simply fell in love with almost every novel I have read by him. His genuine faith just pours into everything he writes, people compare him to Sparks, I personally prefer him, he never disappoints. In this novel a child who has leukemia is blessed with the power to heal others, but at a cost. This book will almost guarantee an extensive group conversation, It is very sad, but a truly inspiring book that makes you glad for the chance to ponder the possibilities and a prayer that you never have to.

Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic

Adventurous, Romantic, Dramatic
Three friends held together for life who release a demon as kids.

Though I thought the book was good, and I will read the follow ups as they come along. I really found this book to be a dud as far as having a book discussion on it. You are really limited except for the basic questions like
"Did you like it"? or "would you stay in this town knowing what will happen"?. The story centers around 3 male friends who sneak out and go camping and do a blood brother ritual which ends up releasing a bad spirit. Then three more characters enter the story (females) they are all linked thru a type of reincarnate life. This being the 21st year since their meeting as children, but previously every 7 years bad things have happened, murder and mayhem... The story was interesting as far as the false witch accusations made against people in the 1600's but overall not a great discussion book.

18 Seconds: A Novel by George D. Shuman
This book contains the good the bad and the ugly. A great ending!

This was a really good book, the story line was really interesting and it was definitely a page turner, I will most definitely read this series. I do not really feel that it was a very good book club choice, it was a Mystery but you know who the bad guy was pretty much from the beginning, the end has a fabulous twist, which I love. The book is excellent and the author is very talented, but this is just not a book that will allow for a great discussion.
The basic plot is a blind girl who has the ability to see the last 18 seconds of the deceased persons life before their death, just by touching them. This interweaves with the life of a police lt. Kelly O'shaunessy, and a mentally challenged young man (a good guy), a serial killer and a few other characters. Who all come together and are linked indirectly to each other. Great book- not a real lively discussion.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
Hokey and Far Fetched is the best description for lack of better words!

This book was recommended for me by a friend, so much for that idea. This was one of the biggest waste of my time ever. I could not believe such a noted best selling author could even justify writing this book, What was he thinking?, perhaps he needed some extra funds to tide him over? I think this book was one of the worst I've ever read!

Finding Laura by Kay Hooper
Twists and Turns-A good Mystery Book club discussion book

This book started strong. But keeps you guessing through the whole story. Generally Mysteries do not make good discussion books, but this one is also a story of history and reincarnation, that stems around mirrors and mazes. I will not disclose the story itself, as it is a mystery story, and who wants to read it if they know the mystery? so give it a try, our book club loved it.

Before The Cradle Falls by James F. David
This is a book for anyone who loves mystery, time travel, murder-mayhem, but still is a great discussion book

This book has it all. A twisted story plot with characters from the future coming to the present to help save the past confusing to explain but a great read the stories start with the story of the love of a father for his deceased daughter in pursuit of finding a means of bringing her back. But in the interim there are many story lines interwoven together to create an unforgettable read.

Bride Island by Alexandra Enders
Polly gives up her daughter due to drinking addiction so she has a better life then doubts her decision later on in life

I found this book to be rather depressing, but as far as a group discussion book, the book is a great choice. There are so many characters in one family but they are all interesting topics of discussion. This book delves into alcoholism, sibling incest (this was the only part I thought was rather repulsive) dysfunctionality over and above the norm, divorce, and many other topics. Overall
the story was good but a little dark. However; it also shows how strong people have to be to give up the things they love the most. Good discussion book, most of the people in the book said it started off slow, but got better a little into the book.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
If you can get past the first 100 pages or so, It ends up being a good discussion book

This book was a reach for our club. I fell asleep everytime I picked it up for the first 100 pages or so, but when Margaret finally arrives at Vida Winter's house and starts telling her story is when the book becomes good and after a few chapters from that point, becomes a series of twists and turns, even sherlock holmes would have a hard time figuring out. I think if the author used less decriptions of words on words then perhaps this would have been a better read from the beginning of the book. This is definitly a good book discussion book. For any club considering using this book for their book group, if you go to the the authors website, there is a list of book discussion questions. Overall the story was worth the wait and boredom of the first 100 pages. It has story's within stories and mystery aplenty so it ended up being a good choice overall.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Boring & Far Fetched

I read this book a second time, after someone suggested it, to perhaps give it a second chance. But I think I disliked it even more. If you like books with the feel of a depressing Victorian ambience, then this is the perfect book. This was a depressing book about incest and the destruction put upon a family because of it. Yes it has twists and turns, but it was just to dark and depressing, the whole feel of the book is dark and grey. Though it did open the floor for discussion, It was so depressing I had no longing to finish it even though I did. I hate books about incest, The topic is sickening. The only thing I did like was the interaction between Margaret and Vida. Just not my cup of tea. It also has over descriptive dialog, how many ways can you say Old and Dreary? I thought since I fell asleep thru most of my first attempt perhaps I missed something, based on all these reviews saying this book was excellent? so I guess I can only say-It does have a decent story thats if you can get thru the first 150 pages or so. good luck

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