Mary Alice Monroe – The Book Club

47. The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe (2000)
Length: 368 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 5 June 2012
Finished: 7 June 2012
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 April 2009
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Mary Alice Monroe is a new author for me.

On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is something infinitely more precious: a lifeline to hang on to and a chance to share their hopes, fears and triumphs. There is Eve, whose husband’s sudden death has turned her safe little world upside down; cheating her out of every security that she had assumed was hers. Annie is a brilliant attorney who at 43 decides to have a baby, but all the determination in the world cannot change the cold reality of nature.

Doris, forced to acknowledge her dying marriage, will find the ultimate freedom through her husband’s betrayal. Gabriella, the “perfect” wife, mother and friend, is afraid to ask for support for herself even as she offers such support to those around her. Finally, there is Midge – an artist who has always lived her life against the grain – but she suddenly feels like a stranger to the very people who should know her the best. These five women are women in transition and as they embrace the challenge of change, they will hold fast to the true magic of their book club – friendship.

Mareena was the one who found this book for me at our local library’s book sale. I was intrigued by the book’s plot because I love books that delve into people’s relationships and the intricacies of women’s friendships. This is the first time that I read The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe and I am delighted to discover that she has written more books. I give this book an A+! and am immediately going to put Mary Alice Monroe on my TBR pile.

A+! – (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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