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Cosy and inviting, 17 Feb 2008
By SJSmith (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Book Club (Paperback)
I took a chance on this book in a charity shop and I was so pleased I did. It was delightful. It is a cross between `Desperate Housewives' and `The Friday Night Knitting Club'. I genuinely expected to open it, begin reading and think hmmm maybe this isn't for me and I was surprised. I loved it from the outset.
The characters are easy to imagine and I agree with the other reviewer that Gabriella and Midge always seem to be hovering on the outside and yet Midge is one I wanted to follow in closer detail. Doris is the one we get to know the most about and possibly the one I liked the least. The chapters are a satisfactory length whereby you feel you've read sufficient if you want to put it down to do something else, however I'm certain you'll find yourself wanting to read more.
You may even find yourself reading the books they discuss or even just nodding in agreement with some of the points they make during their get-togethers. I did feel a touch disappointed at the end as I felt I could have read a little bit more about the five women I'd grown attached two over the space of a few nights.
An enjoyable read after a heavier book beforehand (`The Dante Trap') and therefore very welcome. The epilogue concludes the book nicely and is written in first person by one of the characters whereas the rest of the book is in third person; a nice touch that really brought everything to an end.