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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  6,381 ratings  ·  647 reviews
The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe released on Apr 24, 2003 is available now for purchase.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 24th 2003 by MIRA (first published 1999)
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B the BookAddict
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it

This book definitely wont be getting a standing ovation from me. This is hard to write; it's my first unflattering review but I have to be honest here. The plot is formulaic and the writing itself did not make the story outstanding. If I hadn't already lost interest by then, I really zoned out after Pg 134 where “Intelligence shone in his large, deep-set eyes and sensuality teased in his full lips”. Why do the men in these books always have sensual full lips? This is so over-done. The book was p
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! These middle aged moms are all in new phases of their lives. Everyone can relate to at least one woman and what she is going through - relationships, empty nesters, death, illness, infidelity, job loss but the thread that runs through this story is finding yourself again as a woman. It made me think. I really enjoyed this book and will be looking at some of her other books.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I really like Monroe's writing style as I find it easy to breeze along and her character's relatable. I did not think this was one of her best, but still a feel good read. Five women have been in a social book club for many years. I would not say they all are good friends, but over the years the friendships seem to slip back and forth. This is what I enjoyed. These women reminded me of friendships I have had with different women....sometimes they are the best of friends, sometimes you
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
The book encompasses the 5 separate lives of women who are best friends and in some cases, best frenemies as they meet for book club monthly. I found some of the characters in this book extremely annoying to the point that every time they came up in the story, I found myself rolling my eyes and heaving a heavy sigh. A few of the characters deliberately made their life dramatic, and as such, the book itself and its writing was dramatic too. One character in particular was very "tied up in a nice ...more
Dale Harcombe
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One and a half stars
Let me say at the outset that I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them, so I was prepared to like this book despite some negative reviews. It started off okay for a light read I thought but disintegrated as it went along. I thought the premise of the book club wand the use of books would be interesting but in the end for me it didn't work and the 5 women in this book club I found annoying and unrealistic. I'm not really sure why I continued to read it, excep
MsSmartiePants the candy...
I selected this book for my 'night' reading, aka reading before I go to sleep. I like to read light, funny and interesting books at this time, not thrillers or political subjects. Unfortunately, I often fall asleep during this time and it takes a while to finish a particular book!

In reading this book, I couldn't wait to get back to it and fought the Sand Man!

The story opens with descriptions of five women, each with varying issues confronting (or soon would be)them. I felt that the description
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am embarrassed to admit I read this book. I had to skip so much- but unfortunately I was hooked with the prelude. The overall story of friendship was nice, but that's where it ends. So don't waste your time, there are so many wonderful stories out there about friendship and adversity weathered, my advice look else where for such.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I judged this book by its cover, literally. I am leery of any book that tells me on the cover how great it is ("The Book Club: A remarkable novel of the power of friendships"). Remarkable? Hm. Let me be the judge of that. While I wouldn't go so far as to say this is a "remarkable" story, it was enjoyable. An easy, breezy read to wrap up the summer with. The plot includes everything and the kitchen sink- cancer diagnosis, adultery, empty-nest syndrome, sexual identity questions, mommy issues, agi ...more
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
This was really very good and remarkably enjoyable.

Five women meet every month to discuss their chosen book which is quoted at the top of each chapter… loved that detail. It’s more about their relationship: sharing their dreams, fears and achievements rather than the books they read.

The ending was very satisfying.

Would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about a group of women who support each other through thick and thin.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020: #18 - A book about a book club

Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The is my favorite Mary Alice Monroe book. Explores friendships with books. What more could one ask for!
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe is about the power of friendship, honesty, understanding and tenderness. It is a story about five remarkable women who belong to the same book club. This is a well crafted story about these believable characters. This is a story for women in their 50's and 60's! There are many topics that will make you ponder about marriage, children, death, in general.
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Contemporary Women's Fiction, Family Life Fiction
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo-read, 2018-read
What a great book to be completely immersed in. Five long time friends have had a book club since their children were very small and they meet monthly to review and discuss books. A simple pastime for sure and very enjoyable and companionable. Over the years their friendships have become very close and they are more like family to each other.

The story is about how lives are in constant change and how good friends can be the best blessing that a person can have.

An excellent read.

Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-library
It is a pretty good read about 4 friends who are in a book club together who try to solve each others problems. Definitely check it out.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is so much more. For Eve Porter, whose husband's sudden death cheats her of every security she had planned on, the club is a place of sanctuary. For Annie Blake, a brilliant attorney intent on starting a family late in life, it is the chance to finally let down her guard and dream of other possibilities. For Doris Bridges, it is her support group as she acknowledges her dying marriage and finds the ultimate freedom in her husband' ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of Mary Alice Monroe's earlier books originally published in 1999 before she started writing Southern fiction. There's no ocean and no low country scenery but she still gives us a wonderful plot and well written women facing problems that their friends help them work through.

This is a book about a book club. In the beginning, they were just a book club but over time the women became best friends. The five women are
Eve - her doctor husband has just died as the novel begins and she is
Tabitha Garmire
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish we could do half stars, this would be a 3.5. The writing was captivating as were the characters stories but half way through things became a bit cheesy.
Grady Hendrix
Exactly what I wanted from a book like this.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Oct 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

It was the title that attracted me to this book and I thought the quote from a different book at the beginning of each chapter was a clever idea for each one’s theme. Unfortunately though I did not find the story at all enjoyable in fact it was just plain boring.
I really dislike writing a bad review as I know it is far from easy to write a novel and criticising one is something that I feel uncomfortable about.
The cover stated that it is ‘A remarkable novel
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, library, fluff
Every summer I read really crappy books. It's like eating a bag of chips. You don't want to do it often, but on occasion, it tastes really good. Usually after a book of two, I'm satisfied and ready to go back to all those "important" books. Read too many, and it's like eating the entire bag. You feel sick and bloated afterwards and willing to swear them off forever (and by forever, I mean until the next summer).

This was surprisingly not terrible. I can't really say much more than that. It's no T
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Eve, Gabriella, Doris, Midge and Annie their monthly book club meetings are more than a book discussion, but a bonding of friendship and loyalty. They shared watching their families grow, heartaches they've experienced and now share the changes occurring as they reach middle age. Eve has lost her husband suddenly to a heart attack, and must find a way to care for her teenage children and find a job to support her family. Gabriella's husband has lot his job and she is working more and more ho ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Had to grab a book in the airport as I'd forgotten mine!

Like Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and The Jane Austen Book Club, I really liked the female relationships in this book. Of course, revolving around books just made it more fun :)

There were a surprising number of errors in this copy and I'd log them on, but I handed this to a flight attendant when I finished it.

Also to note: there's a Tattered Cover store in Concourse B of the Denver International Airport. No need to buy books
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sentimental
Oh sure there were some missteps with the narrative, and I wish the author had given each woman equal space to develop their own story, but my oh my, this was such a sentimental read and I couldn't help but give it full stars. I've had the privilege of belonging to two book clubs over the years, and I understand all too well how necessary those friendships become. Books have the power to bring people together, and the relationships they engender become beautifully written stories in and of thems ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4, perhaps partly out of sentimental reasons. It's the last book "my" book club is reading before disbanding and this seems like a good one to end on as it outlines what is good, and important, and unique about sitting down with a group of women with different perspectives and in different places in their lives and just listening.
Lisa O'dea
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Didn't care for it to much, my book club has more drama!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I related to it on so many levels. There are several highlights I will save to my a "Quotes From Literature" file. Here is one" "....the moon. It hung in the sky beside her, a silent but steady presence - inspiring, enlightening, timeless, changing. Sometimes fat, sometimes think, sometimes glowing. Sometimes those blotches were right there on the surface for the world to see. Some nights the moon dominated the sky, other nights it slipped quietly through veils of clouds. Somet ...more
Debbie Maskus
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe shows the life of five women: Annie, Doris, Eve, Midge, and Gabriella. What does the reader enter in this emotionally charged story? Women need the friendship and understanding and love of other women to traverse life. This book shows all the problems that women encounter such as cheating husbands, dead husbands, unemployed husbands, and no husband. A book club brings the five women together and cements their friendship. The books read and discussed by the wome ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another departure from my usual crime fiction fare.

Five women have belonged to this book club for years and the events of this story show how it is about much more than just reading books. Each of the women go through life changing events and the monthly book club provides a point of stability when all around is rocky.

The primary voice is Eve whose husband dies suddenly while he is away on a regular trip. Her life is shattered and all her security is destroyed. For some months she feels unable t
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
I needed a light read after several heavy ones. It wasn't as light as I expected because it covered some very serious life issues. Each woman was experiencing a major life change that any one of us could face at any given time.
The friendships, life events, and choices are relatable on all levels.

I was impressed that MAM wrote from each woman's perspective at the appropriate time. The multiple perspectives make for some great character development, but that was about it for this book.

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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, which is the sixth installment of the Beach House series.

More than 7.5 million copies of her books have been published worldwide, and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinct

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