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The Blue Bottle Club

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,478 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Four friends gathered in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact.

"Our dreams for the future," they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a shimmering blue bottle.

But that event happened in 1929, and it is decades later when local news reporter Brenna Delaney stumbles upon that bottle . . . and into the most meaningful story of her career.

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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published May 6th 1999 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1992)
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Do our childhood dreams always come true? That is what Brenna is challenged to discover when a blue bottle is discovered in the attic of a soon to be demolished home. Brenna, a reporter, is at a crossroad in her own life and is drawn to find the 4 women whose notes are in the bottle. When 4 friends place their slips of paper defining their dreams for the future in a blue bottle Christmas Day 1929 they are full of hope and expectations. Soon to follow is the stock market crash, and their worlds a ...more
I Hated this book. The author was very preachy and contributed/blamed/related any character action to God. I don't appreciate that much theology! I also didn't like the simplicity of the story. She talked about the women's dreams over and over like a broken record. It was too contrived and not very thought provoking as though a child wrote it, not an adult woman. I noticed the author also has written a book very similarly about three women putting their wishes into a wishing well - same song...s ...more
4 teenagers in the 30's put their dreams for the future in a blue bottle and hide it in the rafters of one of the girl's houses. Sixty-five years later it is discovered and a reporter searches out the 4 women to see if they achieved their dreams. Good book for thinking about life.
Karen Jett
Aug 27, 2010 Karen Jett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who loved The Secret Life of Bees
Recommended to Karen by: my book club
This lovely book appears to be about the 4 dreams of 4 teenage girls. In reality it is about faith and how life transforms our dreams over time into something that is different but can also be so much better if we are open to it.
This was a wonderful story and a very enjoyable book to read. Took me back to my childhood when we all put our wishes in a bottle. I wish I could see what I wrote way back then.
This is a great book, I started reading it on Sunday and I read over half of it in one sitting!! I can't wait to go home and finish it tonight!
Amy B
Excellent Read!!! Loved it from start to finish.
A friend was getting rid of some books and gave me a stack. I wasn't expecting to find a treasure, but I did. I'm teaching Sunday School today on Proverbs 16:9 "A man's heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps." and James 4:15, "We ought to say, 'If the Lord wills we shall live and do this or that.'" These two scriptures summarize the theme of this book. Brandon Delaney, was a television reporter who wanted--who needed--more. She needed a purpose, hope and a dream. She summarized her j ...more
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I really liked this book. It is the story of 4 girls, best friends, who on Christmas Day in 1929 meet in an attic and share their dreams for life. They put these dreams on paper into a blue bottle and hide the bottle in the rafters of the attic. 65 years later, Brenden,a local reporter, is given the bottle when the old house is being demolished. She is intrigued by the notes and decides to track down the 4 women and see where their lives have led them. It is fascinating the see how their stories ...more
Georgia Herod
I read this several years ago, but recalled being caught up in the plot line and the individual characters. The theme of women's friendships and how they play out over a lifetime is significant to me because I am part of a group of women who became good friends in college and have remained connected. We have experienced both hardship and joy--and have been encouragers to one another through it all: death of a spouse, divorce, disease, disappointment, loss of one to Alzheimers.

The characters in
Kelly  Schuknecht
First of all, I really enjoyed this book and I want to make sure that statement is clear before you read anything else.

That said, there are a lot of grammatical errors in the book. Not just a few here or there, but a LOT. Missing punctuation and typos are very distracting to me when I'm reading, but I enjoyed the story so much that once I was into it, I happened to notice those issues less often - not that they were occurring any less often, they just didn't distract me as much from the story.
On the eve of the Depression, four teen-age friends put their wishes into a blue bottle. Sixty-five years later, a reporter finds the bottle, and decides it is her purpose in life to find out what happened to these girls. The story moves and it is intriguing to read what happens and how these women lived their lives. Did all these wishes come true?

I kept reading to find out just why the reporter found so much fulfillment from tracking these stories -- why was this such a mission? I wasn't quite
My favorite book of this year! In 1929, 4 best friend teenage girls write their hopes and dreams for their lives on paper and place the paper in a blue bottle. The bottle is hidden in the attic and is not discovered for 65 years, when the house is being demolished. A TV reporter covering the demolition of the house is presented this bottle by a construction worker. The book travels back in time as the reporter locates each of the girls (now elderly women) and discovers if their lives took the co ...more
Four teenage friends gather in an attic one Christmas day to declare and place their life-dreams in a cobalt blue bottle while they pledged their eternal friendship, love, and support. They hide the bottle where no one else will find it, sure their futures are bright. Sixty-five years later the bottle is found, and a search for the stories of each of the four begins. This is a very sweet story and a pleasant, easy read. I was sure as I read it that I have seen a Hallmark movie made from this boo ...more
Cute story that follows a reporter as she finds a blue bottle in an attic of an old house that is being torn down. In the bottle she finds 4 papers of dreams written by 4 friends and seeks out these friends to see if they got their dreams. The first is Tish who's father deals with investments and is well off in society and embarrassed of her mother. Shortly after the bottle is hid Tish's father kills himself as the market crashes and he lost everything they had as well as that of others. Tish's ...more
Rebecca Chapman Dann
I have always had difficulty with fiction books specifically written for “inspiration” and this was of that genre so you can guess my reluctance. My reasons for staying shy of the genre are the usual, contrived plot, controlled vocabulary, too predictable etc. That is not to say I never recommend them or say they are bad, just not my cup-of-tea.

That being said, this was better than most of the genre that I have tasted. On Christmas Eve in 1929 four young girls place written dreams and plans for
This is a story of 4 teenagers who put their dreams for the future in a blue bottle and hide it in the rafters. The story begins at the start of the stock market crash and the depression and spans the lifetime of each of these women.

The story is told one character at a time after the bottle is found. A reporter searches for these women and tells their story. Of course, none of their lives turn out as they had wished as teenagers, This s an uplifting book showing how these women found joy and liv
The book has an interesting premise and engaging characters, but the writing was fairly juvenile. It's a Hallmark movie in book form. I liked the structure of the book, telling each woman's story and looking at how their lives changed from what they'd hoped from their girlhoods then reuniting them 60 years later. And I believed that the journalist could become intrigued by the story and that it could affect her own search for happiness. But the speed at which the depth of these new friendships a ...more
In 1929, four little girls write on paper the dreams for their lives and seal them in a bottle and hide it in an old mansion. Many years later the house is about to be demolished and it is found. It is so much fun to find out about the girls lives You HAVE to read this
I was disappointed as I have read other books by the same author. This book is shallow. It is packed with platitudes and clichés.
It is the story of four young girls who swear to remain friends forever but when hardship comes they fall apart. One is forced to care for her mother and the others never go see her or attempt to help because "they know she is busy." Another leaves town without telling anyone, including her "best" friend.
Additionally, it is about life dreams, none of which come true
Ken Bickley
There seems to be an insatiable demand for Christian fiction, and much of it is hastily and poorly written, with implausible plot schemes. This is not the case with novels by Penelope J. Stokes. Case in point: "The Blue Bottle Club", in which 4 teenage girls write their life dreams on slips of paper and hide them in an old ornate blue glass bottle, on Christmas Day, 1929. Sixty-five years later, when TV journalist Brenna Delaney finds the bottle, she begins a search for the four and makes some s ...more
I read this years ago and liked it and now I had to read it again for a work book club. I honestly didn't remember a thing about it and probably because it is not a profound book or a wildly unique book and therefore not particularly memorable. However, despite the fact that, like with a lot of Christian fiction, things tend to be tidied up too neatly and things are so easily made clear which doesn't always happen in real life, I found a lot of inspiration in this book. It is a joy to hear how T ...more
I read this book for a book club (not something I'd normally choose) and enjoyed it more than I expected.
This was an amazing story about 4 friends and their dreams for life. The book starts out with 4 teenage girls on Christmas 1929 sealing their written down dreams in a blue bottle and hiding it in the rafters of one of the girls houses. Unfortunately for them the timing is right at the beginning of the depression and their plans are drastically altered from lives of privilege.

Fast forward to present day. A local TV reporter is sent out on the human interest story of a historical mansion being dem
The premise of this book was engaging. Finding a bottle with the dreams of teenagers just before the stock market crash Brendan Delany tracks down their stories and on the way learns a lot about herself.

What I liked: Dreams come true but not always in the shape you originally hoped for.

What I didn't like: Four stories were one too many. I liked the first three women and the last one as well, but by then I'd grown a bit weary of the idea.

I'd recommend it for a beach read, rainy day or just becaus
I happened upon this book at the public library, and remembered that a friend had recommended it. I liked the premise of the story very much: four young friends write their dreams for the future and put them all in a bottle which is then nestled in the rafters of an attic. 65 years later, the bottle is discovered by a reporter and she takes it as her personal journey to find out what became of each woman.

The reporter, Brendan, fell completely flat for me. I had no sympathy for her and related
Kate Birgel
This is a decent read when your brain is tired. My mother gave me this book to read, and she insisted that I read it in its entirety. I had difficulty fulfilling her request for several reasons. FIrst of all, she asked me to read THE SHACk, and I loathed it. Second of all, I am one of those readers who puts down the book that does not captivate her within the first few chapters. I now see my mother's purpose, for this book is based on the following plot: 4 girls in the 1920s get together in the ...more
Bookclub selection for June.

Sweet story about four teenage friends who jot down their dreams and place them inside a blue bottle. The bottle was hidden in the rafters of one of the girls' homes. When the home is demolished 65 years later, the bottle is located and put into the hands of a local TV reporter, who is intrigued with the potential story. She spends the next several months locating and contacting all four women to find out if they were able to achieve their teenage goals. Through this
While hardly a fast-paced or thrilling novel, I found this nonetheless quite compelling. The story was sweet and simple as an overall, but the four stories within this story each had their moments of sadness and joy, they seemed very real. The book was beautifully written and I found it hard to put down regardless of the total lack of exciting actions scenes. :-)

I suppose it must be reiterated, to those who are wary of this, that there is a LOT of emphasis on God and religion in this novel. Howe
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It’s often been debated whether a person’s destiny lies in genetics or environment, but either way, I suppose I was destined to be a fiction writer. A Baby Boomer with an English teacher and a social worker for parents, I grew up being challenged to develop my imagination, and to seek out for myself the meaning and significance of life. I learned early both the magic and mystery of stories and the ...more
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