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Once a month I attend Book Club with some of my neighbor friends. We are all very different, but always bond on this night away from our obligations to discuss our latest read while sipping some wine & having some appetizers. Here are a few we have recently read or have on our list for the next few months.

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Girl, Wash your face – Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about who You are So You Can Become who You Were Meant to be.

This book is relatable to ANY woman out there. It just passed the million-sold mark. The author Rachel Hollis doesn’t hold back, describing the suicide of her brother when she was a child, her tense childhood as the daughter of a preacher in a small town and the sometimes debilitating anxiety that has plagued her throughout her life. Each Chapter is titled with a “lie” she has told herself at some point in her life. Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living life to its fullest, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. This is a must read!!!

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Family dynamics, small-town politics, and power struggles make this a page turner. This book shows what it means to be a mother. I love Celeste Ng’s writing style with descriptions that are detailed but not over the top. This is a great story with flawed, relatable characters.

The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain

A complicated, multilayered story with lots of family drama and secrets. Chamberlain has a gift for telling stories about families whose good intentions go awry in difficult circumstances.

The Wife – Alafair Burke

This is a cleverly plotted mystery that deals with a sadly very current topic – sexual predators & numerous men that are found not guilty. It’s a great thriller that has a surprise ending.

 

The Shimmer – Carsten Stroud

The Guilty Wife – Elle Croft

Bethany Reston, finds out her lover has been killed. She has to keep her grief to herself, but that’s not the worst of it, because soon enough all the evidence starts to point in her direction. As her life starts to unravel, she struggles to work out who to trust and so do we, the readers.

Beartown – Fredrik Blackman

Beartown is about a small town with a big dream and the price required to make it come true. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago. The ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. The reason for this is because junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a big burden for these boys. The semi-final match is the reason behind a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in distress. Accusations are made, leaving no resident unaffected.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

All We Ever Wanted – Emily Griffin

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