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The Confession Club

(Mason #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  58 reviews
In a captivating novel from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv, a group of women in Mason, Missouri discover that best friends are made by sharing secrets.

It all started as a supper club, a group gathering monthly to share homemade dinners, until the night one woman made a startling revelation. After that, the "Confession Club" decided to meet weekly to f
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Random House
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Tziggy
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story flowed well enough but I was a bit disappointed in the ending.
Karen
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's all well and good to congratulate someone on something good that they did, or to acknowledge what's wonderful or exceptional about them. And we should do that; we should never be spiritually stingy. But to say out loud our missteps or inadequacies - to _confess_ in an honest way and to be lovingly heard - well, that's the kind of redemption we need on a regular basis."

Elizabeth Berg's novels are a joy to read. They are quiet and sweet and kind and wind their way through your heart and soul
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Donna Hines
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
In telling your story you never know who you may be helping ....
The takeaway here is we all have a story to tell no matter your age, your economic background, or your age.
What matters is your heart and soul. Your ability to connect to others. Your ability to stay true and authentic while not losing sight of what matters most.
For me I like the story and the characters and the varying stories each one told as the supper club becomes the Confession Club in which secrets are revealed.
A cute and char
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CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
The Confession Club is another AWESOME novel by Elizabeth Berg and worth every star! Such a warm but intense book! I definitely recommend it!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Stansel
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story from small town of Mason. Follows in the wonderful path of the previous stories but is fine to read on it's own. This story focus on the multigenerational confession club. Couldn't put it down and finished it in a long afternoon. Bliss!

Full disclosure- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
James Hill
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in a row in which the Vietnam conflict played a major role. This book was a bit of chick lit with some high drama and memorable writing moments. It almost felt like a cozy mystery without the mystery. I enjoyed it. This would be a good book club book--accessible with plenty of themes to discuss.
Rebecca
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Berg has done it again! Everything she writes is perfection, and The Confession Club doesn't disappoint. As a continuation of The Story of Arthur Truluv, The Confession Club features characters of past books while introducing some new, not to be forgotten, people. The third book in this series focuses on Iris as she finds love in an incredibly unlikely place. A must read for fans of Elizabeth Berg.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Michelle
This is a story about a group of friends in a quiet town called Mason.

Years ago the women started a Book Club but organically it became The Confession Club.

The women meet, they share a meal, a dessert and a secret.

The secrets aren’t incredibly life changing and they aren’t always scandalous.
This book isn’t really about a big whopper of a secret.
It’s about the rare friendships where you’d actually tell anything and everything to another person. It’s not a simple thing. These women are neighbors,
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Anne
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Berg is my most favorite author EVER and this lovely story doesn’t disappoint! It is beautifully written and several stories are told, not just one, in a way that is not confusing or chaotic. I loved the reappearance of Nola (and her mom) from Elizabeth’s previous two books. Iris and Johns story is quite compelling, and I read this one all the way through without stopping (almost... well, I did have to eat!). Elizabeth has such a keen eye and ear for detail and for helping us see each ...more
Donna
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life, family, fiction, women
There's a certain type of story or book that I classify as a "Good Housekeeping" tale. This moniker comes from my childhood, when I would read stories from my mother's magazines such as Redbook and Good Housekeeping. I haven't read either of those magazines in many years, so what I remember from way, WAY back then may not still hold true, but this is my memory: Redbook stories were often edgy, with subjects and endings that didn't conform to a set pattern, and although certainly not what I would ...more
Chelsea Hofmann
I will admit that when I heard the title I thought The Confession Club would be about some deep dark secret keeping a group of friends together. Maybe murder, intrigue, and thrills would surround some crazy act that is told in a hushed whisper after too much to drink. Then, I read the synopsis.

The Confession Club was nothing like I thought but still everything that you could want in a book. A heartwarming story about lovely women in Mason, Missouri who start a dinner club, that turns into a con
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Sigrid C
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a light and comfortable novel and a quick read. A perfect novel if you're looking for something feel-good and not too challenging emotionally. The story is partly about a group of women who meet periodically to take turns making confessions. The confession club, at times, fades into the background of the other main storylines, and the characters are not drawn with particular depth. A few of the confession club members are fleshed out, but even at the end I had a hard time distinguishing ...more
Elaine
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Confession Club.

I used to be an avid reader of Ms. Berg when I was in college so this is my first book by Ms. Berg in quite a few years.

I didn't realize this was the third book in a series but it worked as a standalone.

The Confession Club is a heartwarming tale about several women who get together to talk; to confide in one another, to share secrets and confidences, joy, sorrow and laughter.

There is no slut shaming, no judgement, no jealously an
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Becky
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many women rely on the support they receive from friends under the guise of a book club, church small group, or a dinner club. Elizabeth Berg takes this idea of female friendship and offers us The Confession Club, based upon a weekly meeting in which its participants unburden themselves in a judgement free zone. This novel is the third in the Mason, MO series and although the three books include overlapping characters, each novel can stand on its own. In The Confession Club we meet a multitude o ...more
Andrea Pole
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg is a character driven story of community, friendship, and camaraderie, and reunites the women of Mason, Missouri. This was my first introduction to the women of Mason, but I believe that the novel works fine as a standalone story. I was thrilled to reacquaint myself with the writing of Ms Berg after an extended hiatus, and I was not disappointed.

The women of Mason have organized a monthly supper club where they will share food, recipes, and fellowship. But t
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Oak City Books
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to get my hands on this book by Elizabeth Berg. I've been a fan of hers for YEARS. I admit, that the last few books of hers I have not read and perhaps that's why I didn't LOVE this one. Also, I have come to realize that I love the grip of thrillers.

I thought this would be a nice treat, a quick read with beautiful descriptions of ladies similar to the Southern ones I've known all my life. I have to say, I struggled to finish this one. I struggled with all of the characters, thei
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Teresa
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview this ARC of The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg.

Rather than forming a book club, like many women do, this rogue group decides to have a "confession club" instead. And it's exactly what it sounds like. Every meeting one of the members must confess to something that they have done. Sometimes the confessions are banal, sometimes they're shocking, and they're mostly all heartwarming.

This book focuses on a few main characters. An older divorced Iri
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Kirsten Cutler
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
After two previous wonderful books about this town and an evolving group of characters, ( The Story of Arthur Truluv and The Night of Miracles), I am glad to go back and visit again. The daily ordinariness of human lives shines through, and yet also strikes a poignant note that resonates. This narrative is about a group of women who share some of their dark secrets with one another, and in so doing, as they reveal vulnerable details of their lives also illuminate the many difficulties, fears and ...more
Tina M
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review. We've all heard of Book clubs, Wine clubs, Running clubs, but a Confession Club is a new one for me. What a creative concept, and I loved the fact that this group of women, all different ages, from different walks of life, came together this way. This was my first novel written by Elizabeth Berg, so I wasn't familiar with any of the characters, some of which also appeared in two previous books in the 'Mason' ...more
Kirsten Cutler
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After two previous wonderful books about this town and an evolving group of characters, ( The Story of Arthur Truluv and The Night of Miracles), I am glad to go back and visit again. The daily ordinariness of human lives shines through, and yet also strikes a poignant note that resonates. This narrative is about a group of women who share some of their dark secrets with one another, and in so doing, as they reveal vulnerable details of their lives also illuminate the many difficulties, fears and ...more
Mary Lins
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To enjoy Elizabeth Berg’s new novel about the denizens of Mason, Missouri, “The Confession Club”, you do not have to have read “The Story of Arthur Truluv”, or “Night of Miracles”, but you’ll probably want to read them when you’re done!

I couldn’t wait to get back to Mason to find out what this cast of diverse, quaint, and compelling characters were up to! I feel “part of the gang” when I’m in one of Berg’s novels about these people and their lives. In “The Confession Club”, several members “con
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Aldijana🌸📚🍩☕️
The confession club is a story about these women who live in Mason Missouri , who start their own confession club almost like a book club , but instead they confess their secrets , embarrassing moments that happened to them during the week , their past , concerns or other things that could be on their mind .

This book was ok .. kind of slow paced was a tad bit boring for me . Some moments I thought were cute and funny and actually enjoyed reading . But I really didn’t connect with the characters
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Cindy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this third book in her Arthur Truluv trilogy. While I have loved the previous books, I find that I liked, not loved, this one. The premise appeals to me- women listening to and supporting each other. I believe in confession and absolution and that is what this little community is all about. There was, however, no depth or follow up to any of the confessions. Some of those stories could well hold this book together.
Instead, the author continued to follow the liv
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Erin Dale
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to #netgalley and Random House Publishing for letting me read and review this early copy of #theconfessionclub. But thank you most of all to Elizabeth Berg who wrote such a wonderful book. The Story of Arthur Truluv is one of my absolute favorite books and this book will rank right up there with it. You don’t have to have read Arthur Truluv to enjoy The Confession Club but I love seeing the continuation of the characters lives and stories. Ms Berg wraps everything up in a neat little b ...more
Julie
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an advanced read in exchange for this review.  I am a big fan of Elizabeth Berg's work.  Arthur Truluv was one of the sweetest stories I have read in a long time.

The Confession Club is about a group that hosts a supper club.  Over time, the club turns into the women sharing their confessions.  Iris and Maddy are invited to join, and this book is more of their stories and what they are escaping from.  I found the book to be charming.  However, I
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Mama K
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berg has often been "accused" of writing wholesome, old-time fiction that is sweet. To that I say YES!! This tale of neighbors and friends helping and accepting each other is PRECISELY what we need more of in our current political climate. We need to stop screeching at each other and being "offended" by every little thing and, as do the characters in this novel, LISTEN to each other and accept people for who they are despite our differences.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an hon
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Beth
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Confession Club is a story about a group of women who meet regularly for dinner, and to confess secrets, concerns, or other items on their mind - kind of like a book club meeting. Iris and Mandy join the group and each have items in their life that they are struggling with. This book carries over characters from previous books by Berg, however it is easily read as a stand-alone book. For me, this book got a little slow, and there wasn't a strong enough character or main story line to keep me ...more
Tina
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the third in a trilogy, I had not read the previous two and it wasn't necessary. Full of middle-aged angst, the things we fret about and are too afraid to tell people about, it kept me entertained, laughing and crying. The love story was a great addition to the rest of the book. The author's way with words, her descriptions of the things in our every-day life, always make me look at the world in a different way. This is one of those books that when it's d ...more
Heidi
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. First, I didn't find that the Confession Club was actually a huge part of the storyline. I was ready for a story about women building friendships through the sharing of stories, but the club was really minor plot point. Also, I was not excited to find some of the same characters from the Arthur Truluv books. I enjoyed the first two books with these characters, but am just not that interested in their journey at this point.
Morgan Schulman
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

This book is more homespun, picturesque humor and that you would expect from this author – pure comfort reading. If you were expecting deep dark confessions – and I kind of was – just sit and acceptance that this is not the book. It’s about women in a small town making do. But Elizabeth Berg does that very well, so I can’t complain
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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The w ...more

Other books in the series

Mason (3 books)
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv (Arthur Truluv, #1)
  • Night of Miracles (Arthur Truluv, #2)