Redfield Farm by Judith Redline Coopey

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• At first I wasn’t very excited about reading this because I have read so much historical fiction about the pre civil war/civil war era. I then realized that this was about the underground railroad and the Quakers and became excited because I haven’t read much about that. Well, after completing it, I was pretty disappointed. While I liked the details surrounding the story, the wiring and actual story left me unfulfilled. – Danica
• I liked the description of the underground railroad, but I wish the author had focused more on the character development and story. – Kerry
• I enjoyed reading the book. It was quick and easy and I enjoyed the story. – Steph
• It was written poorly and the story was boring. The characters were bland and not fully developed. – Sarah

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

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• I liked the book. I really enjoyed her writing style and her character development. – Steph
• I enjoy Allende’s writing – the subtle humor, the characters. I liked the family closeness in the characters and the descriptions of life on the island. – Kerry
• As I began this book, I was reminded of how much I adore Allende’s language. Although I didn’t think this was her best story, I find her writing style to be far and away above other authors. – Marlo
• This was an easy read. The characters were well developed. I especially enjoyed as she looked back over her life. – Carrie
• I loved the writing and most of the book. I could have done without a few of the extraneous story points but on a whole, I liked it. – Danica

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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• I thought the story with the grandmother and her story was the best part. I had trouble connecting with the Sage character. – Kerry
• I really enjoyed the book. At times, it was hard to read and I wanted to cry, but I got through it. Minka’s tale of survival was inspirational. – Rachelle
• I have reservation about holocaust-related fiction and some aspects of the story seemed a little too Jodi Picoult rather than part of the narrative but it was an interesting subject with interesting characters. – Shannon
• I really enjoyed reading the book. It was very interesting hearing about the Holocaust and how the story came together. It was a really good storyline. – Tami
• Parts of the story felt disjointed. At the start of the book it was really focused on Sage and Joseph’s story which was interesting. The the story was completely taken over by Minka’s story. I think the author shouldn’t have left the story from the original perspective. – Sarah
• I really enjoyed the book. Several times I cried and was in shock of what happened. It kept my attention. – Nikki
• I enjoyed the book as fiction, but it was a little too far fetched for me as a Holocaust novel. It took bits and pieces from all the big Holocaust memoirs which made it even more unrealistic to me. I did like the concept of hearing the story from both sides. – Carrie
• There were bits that I really enjoyed and then others that were unrealistic and disjointed. I also was left feeling unsatisfied by its predictability and how much did end up tiring together too perfectly. – Danica
• I did not like this book. I had to put it down as soon as the FBI guy said one of the ways to prosecute was to have a witness. I have read Picoult before and I do not like the way she writes. I did not care about the characters and thought the story was contrived. – Steph
• Although I found points of the story nightmare-inducing, its important that these stories are known. However, even only halfway through, I’m not thoroughly engrossed in the plot. – Marlo

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

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• I haven’t finished the book but it’s so interesting and brings up many topics surrounding gender. I’m sure we’ll have a good discussion! – Steph
• I actually finished it! It was interesting. I really enjoyed learning about it. – Tami
• It was pretty good. I really liked the topic and it was easy to read. It was really interesting. – Sarah
• I enjoyed learning about the culture and practices of the hidden girls. I could do without the sociological study – made it feel like a book I would’ve read in college. – Carrie
• I enjoyed learning about Afghan society and this book made me think about gender and culture, even weeks after finishing it. – Danica

The Healing by Jonathan Odell

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• I liked the different angles of the story. It was a unique story set on a plantation. – Kerry
• I liked parts of this story. It was entertaining and quick. – Sarah
• I enjoyed this especially in concert with just having watched “12 Years a Slave” and was also able to relate it to My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. – Danica

December’s Book Club

13 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo, this time at Royal Delhi Palace. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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• I enjoyed reading about the different characters and their stories. – Kerry
• I couldn’t stop reading it because I wanted to know what happened, but I didn’t really like the characters and, in the end, I didn’t really like the story. – Steph
• I don’t finish many books, but I got pulled into this one. I was very interested, and really enjoyed reading about how the character were all connected. – Tami
• I didn’t like any of the characters nor did I care for their stories. Yes they were flawed but I found them very annoying. The best part was the prologue which had me thinking a few days later. – Danica
• I enjoyed reading about the three women and their lives. Lots of characters. – Vicki
• Fast read. Liked the Tess storyline but not so much the others. I have mixed feelings about the ending. – Sarah
• Fast read, engaging storyline. Liked how it all got intertwined. Didn’t love all the individual endings or wrap up. – Carrie
• I liked reading the book and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough not sure I liked the ending. Poor Cecilia. – Nikki

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

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• Interesting story idea but the characters were very similar and the end seemed a bit sudden. – Shannon
• I liked this book. I almost felt like a nosy neighbor. The stories were interesting/frustrating/depressing. I only wish we could have had a chapter of Maribel’s point of view. – Steph
• I thought it interesting to read this book right after Orphan Train as they both touch upon the immigrant experience during different periods in history. Other than that, I had trouble with the characters feeling flat. – Danica
• I started it, but like others, I did not have time to finish. I am really enjoying it. – Tami
• This was a really interesting and engaging read. I truly cared about the characters and was so sad at the outcome. However, I do appreciate the author giving us a sad ending, rather than taking the easier route of “all is well.” – Marlo
• I think the extra characters detracted from the story. I liked that it took place in Delaware, for a different perspective than the big-city. – Kerry
• I liked this book, but don’t think it needed all the extra short chapters. Relatable characters and an easy read. – Carrie

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