Friday, May 21, 2021

The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax

 The Break-Up Book Club

About the Author
Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of sixteen novels and two novellas, including My Ex–Best Friend’s WeddingBest Beach EverOne Good ThingSunshine BeachA Week at the LakeWhile We Were Watching Downton AbbeyThe House on Mermaid PointOcean Beach, and Ten Beach Road. The mother of two grown sons, she has left the suburbs of Atlanta for an in-town high-rise, that is eerily similar to the fictional high-rise she created in her 2013 release, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.
Book Summary

Breakups, like book clubs, come in many shapes and sizes and can take us on unexpected journeys as four women discover in this funny and heartwarming exploration of friendship from the USA Today bestselling author of Ten Beach Road and My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding.

On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have little in common – they’re very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in an historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out like they expected.

Former tennis star Jazmine is a top sports agent balancing a career and single motherhood. Judith is an empty nester questioning her marriage and the supporting role she chose. Erin’s high school sweetheart and fiancé develops a bad case of cold feet, and Sara’s husband takes a job out of town saddling Sara with a difficult mother-in-law who believes her son could have done better – not exactly the roommate most women dream of.

With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.

My Thoughts

The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax is more than a book about women in a book club.  We get to meet a group of diverse women who are going through some challenges.  I thought the author created realistic characters going through true-to-life situations.  I loved Between the Covers bookstore where the book club meets each month (I want a bookstore like this in my area).  The Break-Up Book Club is a well-written with the story moving along at a steady pace.  The point-of-view changes between Erin, Sara, Judith, and Jazmine.  It is easy to keep track of each lady because their voices are unique.  I liked seeing the ladies grow as individuals and in their friendships.  Dorothy, Sara’s mother-in-law, is a character who shows us that you truly never know a person.  The book does contain foul language and intimate situations (just to let you know).  The Break-Up Book Club is an engaging and emotional story that had me staying up very late to finish it.  I liked getting to know this group of women who find comfort and a sense of belonging in the book club.  There is humor in the story as well.  I especially loved the names the people came up with for the book club.  There were some amusing suggestions.  I also loved all the wonderful books discussed and mentioned throughout the book.  The Break-Up Book Club is a great book to read while lounging by the pool or while on vacation.  The Break-Up Book Club is a pleasing tale about a louse of a spouse, firm friends, startling revelations, a composed mother-in-law, shocking secrets, and a bevy of books. 

The Break-Up Book Club is available from Amazon*.  You can find Wendy Wax's other novels here.  The authors photo was taken by Beth Kelly.  I appreciate you stopping by today and reading my review.  I am discussing Deceased and Desist by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson.  I am off to put together our new entertainment center.  Our old one is one its last legs.  So I acquired a new one with a barn door to go with our farmhouse style decor.  I can then set up the new television.  I made sure the new entertainment center had a shelf for the cable box.  Our cats have taken to sleeping on it because it is warm.  I do not think this is good for the life expectancy of the box (I do not want to lose my recordings).  I hope that you have a sunny day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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