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The Gin & Chowder Club

(Coleman and Shepherd families #1)

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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cape Cod, The Gin & Chowder Club is an eloquent, tender story of friendship, longing, and the enduring power of love. . .

The friendship between the Coleman and Shepherd families is as old and comfortable as the neighboring houses they occupy each summer on Cape Cod. Samuel and Sarah Coleman love those warm months by the water; the
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Kensington
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Kwoomac
The nicest thing I can say about this book is that it was a fast read. Not quite sure why I picked it up. The protagonist, whose name I've already forgotten, is a 19 year old summering on the Cape with his family. His father's best friend and his much younger(spoiler alert) second wife also summer on the Cape. Of course the husband spends the weekdays working in Boston, leaving his lovely wife alone down the Cape. Protagonist and second wife realize they love one another and have a brief affair ...more
Christi
Nov 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This book was so lame. The best thing about it was the cover photo. Once again, I was lured in by great cover art that disguised a sucky read.

It's called the Gin and Chowder Club but the group of adults who host these gatherings are rarely mentioned in this book. I expected to learn more about Samuel and Nate in this book through their weekly get-togethers. Instead, we get one gathering at the beginning of the summer and one at the end. That's it.

I also would have liked more details about the
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Ti
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

Looking at this gorgeous cover you might dismiss it as pure chick-lit, but let me tell you… this one is different. With a male protagonist, a Cape Cod setting, and the tight bond between two families, this one is a winner.

The Rest of It:

The Coleman and Shepherd families have known each other for quite some time. Each year, they head to Cape Cod where they are neighbors for the summer. Samuel and Sarah Coleman have been busy raising their two sons, Asa and Issac, whereas Nate
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Kathryn
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I won this one! And I was so excited, but was so disappointed. I would call this Christian fiction. Way too many Bible passages, prayer and the story focusing on a family that was very religious. AND they are quite the lushes, with drinking a strong thread throughout the entire story. And on top of that a high school senior having a summer affair with a married woman. The cover of the book drew me in and the location was also a summer draw. I am not religious and I don't drink. I just thought ...more
Kathy
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
loved this book and can't wait to read more of Nan's writings.
Connie
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize until I started reading this book that I have read it before. That's ok because I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first. I've read a couple of Nan Rossiter's books and I enjoyed them as well.
Angelique Simonsen
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
too much religion and hypocrisy for me
Gina
Goodreads Description- Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cape Cod, "The Gin & Chowder Club" is an eloquent, tender story of friendship, longing, and the enduring power of love...The friendship between the Coleman and Shepherd families is as old and comfortable as the neighbouring houses they occupy each summer on Cape Cod. Samuel and Sarah Coleman love those warm months by the water; the evenings spent on their porch, enjoying gin and tonics, good conversation and homemade clam chowder. ...more
Laurie
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: beach, fiction, dnf, donated, own
With a title and jacket cover like this,I was looking forward to a light summer read. I was wrong. The characters are cold and stiff. The conversations reminded me of the old "Davy and Goliath" programs of the 1960's.I also did not like "religion" pushed in my face on almost every page.I have read the Phillip Gulley Harmony series,those books are funny and filled with quirky characters and scripture is woven in at times,but done well and not preachy.Gin and Chowder club is too preachy,cold and ...more
Judi Asdell
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author had me at go...I've read all her books and am waiting for her newest release this month. I have started collecting her books as well. The covers are all enticing and the books themselves take you from this world into a sensitive caring place of Nantucket with endearing and likeable characters. As I finish a book I find myself yearning for more stories and details of the future of the characters "people" / "family" that she writes about.
Kylene
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
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Sandra
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters in this book, and the story, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Just an ok read for me.

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Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cape Cod, The Gin & Chowder Club is an eloquent, tender story of friendship, longing, and the enduring power of love. . .
The friendship between the Coleman and Shepherd families is as old and comfortable as the neighboring houses they occupy each summer on Cape Cod. Samuel and Sarah Coleman love those warm months by the water;the
...more
Jennifer Sulc
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of The Gin and Chowder Club
is fun, and the setting is described well. The story takes place on Cape Cod beginning in 1960. It will resonate with anyone who has spent time on the lower Cape.

But the book is not so much about “the lasting bonds of family,” as Ann Leary’s blurb states on the back cover. Rather, it is the story of lust between 19? year-old Asa and 32-year-old Noelle, the wife of Asa’s father’s best friend. Truly, just... so much lust! So much longing! So much trysting!
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Roxy
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a very light read, almost like one of those "beach reads", except that it's not really a happy ending story. I enjoyed her writing style: very simple, with lots of details, yet very pleasant. I had no idea that the action took place in the late 50s, beginning of the 60s until they mentioned that "To kill a mockingbird had just come out". I'm sure there were many details that gave away the time frame, but I must have missed them. With that being said, that explains how boys younger than 21 ...more
Janette
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
-3 stars. Okay this is not my typical books so sorry if I sound harsh. My work mate passed this on to me and yeah I felt like I HAD to read it. It started off very slow, very ,very slow. It took me so long that my power in my house went out for more than a couple hours before I picked this up again; months later. Okay so it does get better and picks up, but I find most of the characters 1 dimensional, 2 are 1 and 1/2 dim... and 1 character is a bit more but she didn't have a big enough part. ...more
Heather Bridson
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is not what I expected it to be. I liked it, but it just wasn't what I expected. Anyway, well written, but the sometimes just a paragraph long chapters were a bit irritating. I understand why the author did it, but I still think it could have been written in a bit more reader friendly, with less breaks. Anyway, the characters are well written, and the story is good. now, I don't condone adultery..or a relationship between a young adult and his aunt-in-law..but the story works. Anyway, ...more
Kim
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Impulse buy because of the title (gin and chowder), setting (Cape Cod), and cover art, in that order. I knew nothing about the author, so I was pleased with how readable it was. Good level of suspense about how an affair would affect the two individuals involved and their families, which had been close for generations. Believable descriptions of how they felt about the affair and no excess detail about the intimate times they were together.

Written in 2011, but set in the early 1960s, which for
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Katherine Nally
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Charland Garvin
Not sure what I thought. Should be 2.5 rating for me. I read the book because it was about Cape Cod which I dearly love but the book wasn't what I thought it would be. Perhaps that is why I couldn't relate to it. It was well written in how the author wrote but I just didn't care for the premise or story of the book. Great title and a good sounding chowder recipe at the end.
Gail
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed

This book did not draw me into the story as other of Jan Rossiter's books did. The beginning was good but it seemed to me to end too fast and leave parts of the story unfinished.
Hailey Montemorano
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this novel set by the sea. A bit coming of age novel mixed with a roller coaster of emotions that come from your first love. I found the plot a bit predictable at first with a few surprises toward the end.
Amy Fink
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book because it had the premise of everything I like in a story, a good setting, family dynamics, an issue to resolve...but the characters fell flat for me and the storyline was so predictable I didn't find it interesting.
Ann Boytim
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A family friendship between two old families but things get complicated when Samuel and Sarah's son becomes infatuated with Nate's wife Noelle who happens to be much younger than Nate. Asa is getting ready to go off to college but gets into an affair with Noelle before he leaves.
Trudy
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Didn't see that ending coming!
Jane
Apr 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Really odd book. Didn’t realize it was religious and found the plot unbelievable. Not for me.
Mary
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a fan of the repetitive vocabulary and phrasing, predictable plot, or the at times cringeworthy dialogue. At least had some lovely settings going for it...
Copie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have read by her and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading another of hers.
Maria Mcclain
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't like anything about this book. Definitely not Christian fiction.
Jackie
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: family
Ugh. Trite, simplistic, unbelievably naive characters.
Stephanie
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Very disappointing. Childish and cliched.
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