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In a Book Club Far Away

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,732 ratings  ·  321 reviews
From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden used to be best friends. As Army wives at Fort East, they bonded during their book club a
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Published April 6th 2021 by Gallery Books
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Miranda Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

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Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang and Sophie Walden were all army wives years ago stationed together in the same area (Fort East) from 2011-2012.

In modern times (2021), the three of them live in completely different areas and there was a significant tear in their friendship (resulting in Sophie/Regina splitting but remaining (individually) friends with Adelaide).

Michael David
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
March BOTM pick...only to receive an ARC from Gallery Books and NetGalley after the fact. 😯

Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie all became friends 10 years ago when they were Army wives. It all started at the monthly book club, and they instantly grew close. They leaned on each other through the good times and the hard times...until a major revelation ruined the friendship between Regina and Sophie.

Present Day: Adelaide has stayed friends with both Regina and Sophie, albeit separately. Her husband, Mat
Jul 01, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
It's a Cover Reveal for IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY! This is a contemporary fiction, friendship story! It's coming April 6, 2021. If you haven't added it on your shelf, please do! Thank you for all of your support! ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a heartwarming book about friendship gone wrong! The trio of friendships was relatable. The military aspect was a nice touch and really opened up a new viewpoint on military families and the struggles they face. I have a new appreciation for these families and what they go through! Watching the women work through their problems and find their way back to the sisterhood was wonderful. The addition of books and the characters love for them made my bookworm heart happy. My thanks to the pu ...more
Victoria Rodríguez
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An adorable book. Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden were best friends. Their husbands are in the military, and for a time, they were at Fort East. When they were in this place, they created a book club. This club allowed them to get to know each other more and thus be able to form a wonderful friendship. However, an unimaginable betrayal happened in the group, and they ended their friendship abruptly. Eight years later, Regina and Sophie are shocked to receive a call for he ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botm
Fluffy but comforting. Like mashed potatoes.
Meg C
Mar 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tif Marcelo captured the lives of military families In a Book Club Far Away. A lot of respect for these wives and husbands and their unique bonds. While reading this book, I couldn't help but think of a FB status "It's Complicated". Each relationship is unique to its own installation and obstacles.

Three women try to put their lives in perspective after huge sacrifices are made. Joined together by a book club while their spouses are serving their country....soon to be torn apart by a falling ou
Karen Axnick
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Three women, Regina, Sophie and Adelaide, create a deep bond as their husbands’ unit is on a 9 month deployment overseas. A core element of their connection is the book club that Adelaide founded. As each woman faces the loneliness associated with being the “support” person for a military spouse, they draw on each other’s strength and realize that they have become family – one of choice, not DNA. The “sisterhood” is fractured by a betrayal and the subsequent miscommunication leads to a ten year ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I recommend this book to any Military wives (and Military husbands if they don't mind chick lit!)

This is a difficult book to rate and review.

The gist of the story was a bit on the annoying side. It was about three female friends who live revolved around their husbands and the military. It was also about the ten years that had lapsed after one of the friends lied. All of a sudden, the three friends, who have mostly been estranged, need to get back together to help one with health issues. The r
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Military friendships are more than friendship, as, at times, they are your lifelines. As the men have a brotherhood, the ones left home have similar bonds. A love of books is the bond in this story. The author has done an excellent job relating the feelings of friendship, separation, and betrayal and told over time in flashbacks and the current day.

After ten years, Adelaide issues an SOS, and without hesitation, they are back together. Fractures are mended. I recommend this heartwarming book, an
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2021-tbr
Absolutely loved this story. Would have been 5 stars for me if there wasn’t soooo many grammatical errors. Towards the end, I wanted to throw the book with how many there were.
Anywhosies, loved this book & as an Army wife, this was definitely a book I wanted to get my hands on ASAP. I felt a real connection to the characters since I could relate. I loved the character dynamic & the storyline wasn’t like anything I’ve ever read before.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2021
This book is about friends, relationships and family. Throw in military deployment and things can be more complicated. The main characters are all strong females with interesting stories. I enjoyed the book!
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Raquel DeLuccia
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really loved this story. I always love different narrators and timelines. Written from the main characters perspectives, 10 years prior and present day, the story was told by female friends who met through their posts as army wives and a book club. Through book club they built a connected friendship in the lonely time of their partners deployment. It really captured evolving in self , marriage and friendship as well as repairing old wounds. I also enjoyed that it was broken up in parts based o ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marcelo, Tif In a Book Club Far Away

Three Army wives who bond as sisters as they share their lives on base together. The books. The book club. Then, inexplicably, there is a tear in the fabric of their relationships, they move away from each other, and almost lose touch.

A call, eight years later, brings them back together, and this is the story of the mending of old hurts and the rediscovering of past friendship.

A truly delightful look into the value of a really good friend.

I read this EA
The Lit Bitch
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Tif Marcelo’s books and I have to say that my favorite has been The Key to Happily Ever After. Her books are always so great and written with so much heart and perspective not to mention rich with family relationship complexities. I have really enjoyed reading them and when I saw that her latest novel In a Book Club Far Away, was a Book of the Month pick, I was even more excited to get my hands on it!

Even though I had a digital copy of the book to read, I did make this on
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo is a captivating novel of friendship, forgiveness and self-discovery.

Ten years ago, Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden are stationed with their significant others at an Army base in upper New York. They meet through Adelaide’s book club and form a tight bond during a months long deployment. Regina and her husband Logan are a dual military couple. Although she loves Logan, she is frustrated at his immature behavior. Sophie and
Alyson Stone
Book: In a Book Club Far Away
Author: Tif Marcelo
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Another Book of the Month pick! I do have to say that this one probably has taken over as my favouirte one so far. This is just one of those books
that really spoke to me and made me feel everything. It was the story that I needed to hear now and experience now. I love the idea of the deep female friendships
and the Army thrown into the mix. This is my kind of story. It had everything that I was looking for in a story.

Let's s
Books With Kayla
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apr-2021
In a Book Club Far Away is a book that I thought would hit my heart just right. I am a military spouse and I met my best friends through a book club. It sounded like exactly the kind of story that would speak to me.

Unfortunately, I expected a tale of friendship, the struggles of military life, deployments, relationships, all mixed in with the bonding over their love of reading. What I got was a very immature set of women who fail to communicate with each other and who's friendships end over thi
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes, the third time really is the charm, and that is the case with In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo. My first two attempts with her work weren’t bad, but I didn’t fully connect to the characters, even if they worked on a conceptual level. Yet, this concept, about women bonded by their book club, spoke to me, even if other aspects, like that of a military wife and mother, were outside my lived e
Sophie  M
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-2021
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Kerry Croucier
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tif Marcelo’s IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY will surround you like a warm cozy blanket an. What did I love about this book? The friendship of three quite different women who became inseparable and each other’s support as they navigate their lives as Army wives, especially during their spouse’s deployment. When they try to navigate the betrayal of one of their family, speaking the truth divides their friendship. Years later, Adelaide, who has remained friends with both, sends out the SOS to both, bring ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
The same author that brought us The Key to Happily Ever After is back with a new novel: In a Book Club Far Away. Tif Marcelo's newest novel immediately popped out to me when I was looking at the BOTM options for March. I mean, how can I resist grabbing a book with that title???

Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie were once the best of friends. They ran a book club together, sincerely enjoyed each other's company, and ultimately were practically inseparable. Right up until they were separated, that is.

Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable story that I flew through fairly quick. I enjoyed the back and forth between the past and the present as the story unfolded. The twist to the betrayal was fairly obvious even if the specifics were not but that didn't mean I didn't enjoy the ride.

I feel the author did a good job of differentiating the women's voices when we were in their perspective. Very rarely did I forget whose chapter we were on. Each one had their own journey of realizing that what they thought they wa
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friends-fiction
This is a wonderful book about friendship. The three main characters were all Army wives that became friends in 2012 when one of them started a book club. They were very close friends when their husbands were all stationed at the same place but as the years went on the they moved to other places, their friendship diminished. Until in 2020, one of the friends sent an SOS to the other two - that meant she needed help now - no questions asked.

Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In a Book Club Far Away, Tif Marcelo brings her amazing ability to help characters heal to make a wonderful book. Three military spouses met at a book club near the time their husbands deployed. Fast forward 10 years and the two of the three do not talk with each other. The third woman tries to bring her friends back together.

I loved that this book was told from the present and also 10 years in the past to provide the background for the story and the event that broke the friends up. The timing o
Michelle Tuite
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading 2021
Book 34: In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo

Received a copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for my review.

A book club is formed at an Army base in upstate New York for spouses and dependents of Army soldiers. From this group three women form a close bond. Each has her own unique personality and relationships to bring to the friendship table. Something goes very wrong between the women when their husbands/partners are away on deployment for 9 months. The friendship is da
Lori Boyd
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

We all know about Frenemies, but in this book we learn about Framily. I love books about friends, and books, and this one did not disappoint.

Regina, Adelaide and Sophie are army wives that meet when Adelaide puts together a book club. They form a quick bond, becoming each other’s family and SOS. These women are friends we would all choose. Diverse, strong, flawed, devoted. Their bond is broken when a situation arises where there is no easy way out, and one is tested by their code. Adelaide sen
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tif Marcelo is a veteran US Army nurse and a military spouse, and her love and appreciation for books and military spouses and dependents is evident throughout this novel. The friendships and military culture described felt authentic. Several books are quoted and supplement the story.

The story is told through a non-linear timeline about a multiracial group of military spouses as they form a book club that helps them form lasting bonds and get through hard times. Appreciated that various perspec
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Tif Marcelo is a veteran army nurse and holds a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts Stories to Love Podcast, and she is also the author of Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, an ...more

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