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The Reading Circle (A Cherry Cola Book Club #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  323 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
"This lighthearted, cozy read brought a smile to my face. Lovers of small town fiction are going to fall in love with The Reading Circle." --Marie Bostwick, author of Between Heaven and Texas

Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike. . .

If some folks had their way, the Cherico
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 09, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
I just love visiting the community at Cherico! It felt like visiting old friends when I picked this book up. Maura Beth continues to fight for her little library in a small town. She is truly a heroine I can respect. Along the way, we reacquaint with the same group of interesting characters who were in the Cherry Cola Book club from the first book but she also may pick up an interesting ally along the way. I must say that it you haven't read the first book, you could read this one as it will sta ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Lesa rated it really liked it
Once again, Ashton Lee takes readers back to Cherico, Mississippi where a small-town library is
threatened for "the greater good". Lee's Cherry Cola Book Club novels symbolize the threats to public libraries throughout the country. Details may vary city to city, but the underlying theme for the books remains the same: libraries are threatened in a battle that often pits infrastructure against libraries. Lee's The Reading Circle puts Maura Beth Mayhew, a library director, right in the middle of t
Julie Barrett
Mar 27, 2014 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
Read the first book in this series and glad to see it continue. Such great ideas for keeping the library open and the community using it for many things.
Although it should help prove to the town council of its usefulness there is the old boy network at play still that thinks the money should go towards a park with their name on it.
Like how Maura Beth interacts with such a group of people with not much in common. Love hearing the latest on the townsfolk that were a
Sep 18, 2014 Sidna rated it liked it
A month or so ago a friend and I went to an author talk at our local library. The author did not show up, but a bookseller was selling copies of both of his books. My friend bought his first book and I bought his second so we could share them.

I read the second book first since it is the one I purchased. It is a fairly simplistic story about a librarian in a Cherico, a small Mississippi town, who is trying to save the library. The villain is a local politician who wants to tear down the library a
Mar 22, 2014 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Cherico, Mississippi! When we last left our friends in Greater Cherico, the fight was on to save the embattled Cherico Library from being torn down in the name of industrial progress. Councilman Durden Sparks reluctantly granted a one year reprieve to our beloved Librarian, Maura Beth Mayhew and her circle of reading friends, and in that time she needs to prove that the library is an essential part of the town.

Oh, that Councilman Sparks, he's always up to no good and in this seco
Susan Obryan
Dec 16, 2015 Susan Obryan rated it really liked it
How do you know when something has passed its prime, turning from useful and resourceful to obsolete and irrevelent? When is it time to pull the plug, so to speak?
These questions, and more, are cause for concern in “The Reading Circle,” a follow-up to Oxford author Ashton Lee’s novel, “The Cherry Cola Book Club.” Reviews for Natchez native’s debut novel describe it as “a delightful read, written in a light and breezy style, with a cast of characters that is equal parts kooky and genuine.”
“The Re
Apr 26, 2014 Louise rated it really liked it
My Review:
Kensington|April 1, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7582-7342-0
Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike...
If some folks had their way, the Cherico library would have shut down long ago. Councilman Durden Sparks aims to divert funding to a cause dear to his heart - and his wallet. With the aid of gumption and good friends, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew has finagled a one-year reprieve, and t
Mar 14, 2014 Melissapalmer404 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this will be posted closer to its April publication date.

Book #14 Read in 2014
The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee

This book will be out on March 25, 2014 but I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy from the author. I loved the first in this series, The Cherry Cola Book Club. The second book, this one, was no different.

In this book, MauraBeth is still trying to ensure her library's survival, as the local councilman wants its location to build an industrial park.
Jul 13, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
The Cherry Cola Book Club of Cherico, Mississippi is on it's one year reprieve from Councilman Spark's determination to close the town's library down and use the funds to build his "Legacy", an industrial park--(THE CHERRY COLA BOOK CLUB). But librarian, Maura Beth Mayhew, still has tricks up her sleeve and a growing number of friends and patrons who are backing her efforts to keep the library open.

As with the first book, there's interesting information on just what it takes to keep a library op
Feb 22, 2016 Watchingthewords rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, fiction, library
Last year I reviewed the first book in this series, The Cherry Cola Book Club, which resulted in some healthy dialog with the author. While I believe that Robert Kuehnle (pen name Ashton Lee) is a library supporter, and hopes to raise awareness of library funding issues with this series, my main issue with the book was his misrepresentation of public libraries. I felt that his representation of underused public libraries perpetuated a dangerously erroneous stereotype when most public libraries a ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Aimee rated it really liked it
The library is once again in jeopardy, and this time all of its supporters are caught up in their own personal crises. Can they all band together to save the library and their own relationships? By the end of the novel, it seems that everything is once again right with the world. We shall see.

Apr 15, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Another great visit to Cherico, Mississippi. You can't help but find yourself laughing aloud at times as you read. We all have people in our lives who resemble each character in the book even evil Councilman Sparks. How many of us dream of the day that person will get their comeuppance. Hoping there is more to come...
Ruth Ellen
Jun 28, 2014 Ruth Ellen rated it it was amazing
i really liked this book. not a lot of drama but a well written book. I liked the story line and the wat the author weaved the storyline of the Book clubs members into the story. I recommend it.
May 02, 2014 Susie rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for the next one to see how the Cherico Reading Club throws 2 weddings and builds a new library!
Apr 22, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
A nice series aimed at librarians.

Can the book club save the library? Yes - of course.
Josianne Fitzgerald
Thank goodness I'm finished. What a boring book.
May 01, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
When I first discovered this series I thought it was a cozy mystery. However, upon reading it I find that there was no theft, no murder, no arson...the only thing was a crooked politician out to get his own way. Maura Beth is the director of the local library of Cherico, Mississippi and she has been notified that the funding for the library will not be renewed at the end of the year unless she can show a marked increase in circulation and value to the community. So over the next five months Maur ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Tonette rated it really liked it
Once again Ashton Lee has taken us to the town of Cherico,Mississippi to continue the storyline started in The Cherry Cola Book Club. However, this book can stand on its own, with enough background added that the reader can catch-up on the story, if need be.
Any misgivings I had about the original story I admit may be ignorance of cultural differences: the etiquette of the Deep South is more delicate than I have experienced in twenty years in the South-cum-Mid West of Kentucky, apparently.
The Rea
Aug 19, 2014 Lynetta rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-reread
I am at the end of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. In the first part I learn his mother, Mary Ann Schwalbe, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, so the ending of the work is obvious, but in between I came to admire her enormously. To balance the dismay of her death I picked up a work at the library called “The Reading Circle.” It is truly on the other end of the spectrum.

In the small town of Cherico Mississippi Councilman Durden Sparks and his cronies have run the town. Now he
May 02, 2014 Glenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in the Cherry Cola Book club series. I like them...
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The charming “Cherry Cola Book Club” series by author Ashton Lee may be just the ticket if you are looking for a light-hearted beach read with a generous dose of ‘Southern’ character, mouth-watering references to regional cuisine, and a social commentary colorfully veiled by the quirkiness and theatricality of its various cast.

Labeled as cozy, due to the small and socially intimate quality of its geogra
Jan 23, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
Ashton Lee, the author of this book, is going to be at our local library next month and he will be talking about this book so I wanted to read it before I see him. He has actually been here once before when his first book in this series came out, "The Cherry Cola Book Club". This book runs pretty true to the first book in that it is a really quick read, is a downhome heart tugging cozy and is just so sweet you could put it on your morning cereal. Don't get me wrong--there's a bad guy or two who ...more
Teri Beckelheimer
The Cherry Cola Book Club reconvenes in Ashton Lee’s follow up The Reading Circle. Now they’ve taken the club into the bedroom. It’s springtime in Cherico, Mississippi and it seems like everyone in the book club has marital or relationship problems. Those that are married have issues and those that are not, want to be married. The men are talking football and the girls are….concerned about the bedroom. Then there is the ongoing battle with city council to save the library led by veteran libraria ...more
Kat Rodenberger
Apr 01, 2014 Kat Rodenberger rated it did not like it
One dimensional characters written by a man who apparently has never even met a woman under the age of sixty. Horrible.
Kathy Wheeler
May 26, 2016 Kathy Wheeler rated it it was ok
I have pretty much the same problems with this book as I did with the first one, The Cherry Cola Book Club, and that's that the women and men are very attached to 1950s gender roles and the library and the library director just aren't realistic. This book was published in 2014, yet Maura Beth's library, in the age of the internet, has not one single public computer . Why? No wonder her library is relevant to only about 10 townsfolk! I get that it's underfunded and people are actively trying to s ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
May 19, 2014 Lisa of Hopewell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Like a fun visit with good friends! Can't wait for more!
Jul 20, 2014 Deborah rated it liked it
If there were 1/2 stars, i would add to my rating. Another fun installment - not necessarily "deep" reading, but well written and entertaining.
May 08, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
The story is about Maura Beth Mayhew, a small-town librarian fighting city hall, or rather a city councilman, for her library's existence. This is the second in a series - the first one I haven't read but didn't feel as if I was missing anything.

A book full of southern charm which I always enjoy reading about but thought this one was just okay because it seemed everything was wrapped up in too nice of a package, I wanted things a little messy, maybe more unfinished as I can see another story bec
Jul 29, 2015 Jeni rated it liked it
In my humble opinion this book is just ok. It isn't awful or particularly good, but I pushed through to the end hoping something changed.

This is the second book in a series; I did not read. A whole host of characters are intertwined in the small town of Cherico, and the Cherry Cola book club. The characters did not draw me in to create an emotional attachment or much interest in their well being. There wasn't a moment when I found heartily myself rooting for anyone. Maura, our main character, w
Debbie Phillips
Jul 18, 2016 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Female Adults
Book 2 of the series.

Maura Beth has a one year reprieve. Can she do enough during the coming year to keep her library open for the long hall and not have to be wondering every year if she will have a job or not? Also, what will happen with her relationship with Jeremy? What is in store for the other members of the Cherry Cola Book Club?

Many thing happen in this book, during this year. Councilman Sparks is as shady and underhanded as usual. A man you love to hate. There must be an antagonist to k
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