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In 1929, 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 blue bottle.

But the girls' dreams of love, fame, and success take a twisted path of difficulty caused by seduction, betrayal, and loss--and nothing turns out as expected.

Years later, local news report

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Published by Nelson, Thomas, Inc. (first published January 1st 1992)
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Anna
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
Molly
I Hated this book. The author was very preachy and contributed/blamed/related any character action to God. I'm a religious gal but 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 wishin...more
Marian
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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...more
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....more
Shana
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...more
Barbara
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
Pauline
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
Peggy
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...more
Sheryl
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.
Janie
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
Karen Jett
Aug 27, 2010 Karen Jett rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
Julie
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
Marian
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.
Kelly
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
I read this book for a book club (not something I'd normally choose) and enjoyed it more than I expected.
Sheila
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...more
Amy B
Excellent Read!!! Loved it from start to finish.
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
Melanie
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...more
Peggy
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
Laura
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...more
Kristen
The mystery of the four friends was intriguing. The main distracting element was the continued thematic reminder of the "Grace of God". As a sophisticated reader, it was annoying, then insulting. I felt the author was pounding me over the head with it. The evolution of the characters clearly illustrated God's influence. The writer's continued blatant reminders were excessive, if not unnecessary. It dampened my enthusiasm for the story. My other quibble was the author establishing the great frien...more
Debbie
On Christmas Day, 1929, four high school girls state their life dreams to each other and than write them on paper and seal them in a blue bottle. The novel describes how each of these girls live their lives in four separate sections. The novel is tied together when the home where the bottle was kept is destroyed several decades later. A young tv reporter is given the bottle and she proceeds to find these four women and bring them together. Strong Christian themes run throughout the book. I thoug...more
Yna Fempia Paez
This book is titled The Blue Bottle Club. The description at the back speaks of four friends putting their dreams in little pieces of paper inside a blue bottle to be found sixty five years later by an agnostic reporter. (Yup.) Who could blame me for concluding that it is about friendship? But honestly, I never felt their "binding" friendship throughout the whole book. All I read is each girl's description of how close they were to each other and how "special" their friendship was but I felt non...more
Jkcmccandless
Here is my problem with books in general: Unless there is a lot of profanity or explicit sexual content I usually keep on reading (even though its not the best writing) just to find out how it ends. Can you tell where I'm going with this one?? Basically this is the story of 4 young friends who write their dreams down and place them in a blue bottle and then what happens to their lives in regards to those dreams. I didn't think this book was horrible, on the contrary, I thought it was good, corny...more
Newtonlibrary Iowa
This is an easy, light read. The dreams, written out by four teenage friends, placed in a bottle and then found years later, might not have come to fruition as written, but each life was a full one and one which paralleled the dream. The story shows how a person's dreams can come true in many ways. ---Sue S.
Donna
This is a book I read for my book club & it was a new author for me. I'll definitely read more of her books.
In 1929 right before the crash of the stock market, four friends meet in the attic of one of their homes & write their dreams on a piece of paper & seal them in a blue bottle, then hide it in the rafters. Then the market crashes, life changes amd the blue bottle is forgotten.
Fast forward 65 years and the house is now being demolished. A worker finds the blue bottle, gives it...more
Diane Bell
I had high hopes for this one, especially after reading the first couple of chapters, which I enjoyed. However, by the time I got about halfway through, I started skimming, which is never a good sign. Here's the premise: four teenage girls in the late 1930s get together in an attic and write down their life's dreams, then put them in a bottle. The author then fast forwards sixty years, when a reporter comes across the bottle and decides to find out if these women are still alive, and to find out...more
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