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Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
A journey through a full range of emotions

Excellent read!!! Funny in places, sad in places, heart-wrenching--really well- written. Expect a great discussion to follow.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
 
WONDERFUL!

The book is probably the most impressionable one that we read in our early years. Book club meeting this month was a celebration of the book, our club and the wonderful relationships that we've formed. THANKS, CARMELLA, for treating us to the play; THANKS, GISELLA, for the great-tasting chocolate-covered strawberries; and thanks to everyone for coming and making this ten-year celebration GREAT!

 
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The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope Series #4)
by Donna VanLiere

List Price: $14.95
Price: $10.17




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Book Description
Each Christmas we are given a promise from heaven. And each year on earth we make promises to each other. This is a story about how a promise from one person to another shows us the true meaning of faith, remembrance, and love.Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Whether it's a young mother who can't pay her electric bill or a family who needs some extra food, Gloria always finds a way. Miriam is a thorn in Gloria's side. Miriam is a constantly critical, disapproving neighbor who looks with suspicion at all the good things Gloria does. When a twist of fate makes them roommates instead of neighbors, it's the ultimate test of patience and faith.Chaz has a good job as head of security at Wilson's Department Store, but each night he returns home to an empty apartment. He longs for a wife and family of his own but realizes that the life choices he's made have alienated him. He befriends a young boy whose mother has fallen on hard times, giving him a chance to have a life he thought impossible.In The Christmas Promise, the lives of these characters collide and we learn that even as we move ahead, the past is never far behind. And when we are forgiven much, we love much. In this warmly humorous and deeply poignant story, we are reminded that the Christmas Promise is the promise of second chances.

 
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The story of a young girl captured into slavery and her unique journey

Exceptionally good book! It was serious reading, but very valuable history-wise. I'm glad we read this.

Aphrodite by Russell Andrews
 
A former homicide detective is lured back from his self-imposed abondonment of challenging police work after a series of homicides, which are related to a very strange project.

I enjoyed the book. It was a suspenseful, fast-moving mystery-type book; different from our usual read.

 
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
A life lesson is taught when the heroine tries to complete a list of goals of a passenger in her car who died while the heroine was driving. In completing the list, the heroine discovers herself.

The book was very good. It was well written and flowed freely. The story was compelling. It caused laughter at points and tears at others. I recommend it as a book that fosters much discussion.

Life is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
 
Boring, Pointless, Unconvincing
SOARERS did not enjoy LISBW

The club did not enjoy it and was frustrated at how "dumb" the characters were.

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