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Wife Support System by Kathleen Whyman
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Wife Support System is more than a clever title. There’s a lot of heart and humor in this story about “three women, five kids, and one house.” You may have heard of “book club fiction”. A book club would have so much fun diving into this book.

What makes a book a “book club book”? First, it should have perspective you’ve never considered. Wife Support System has a most creative perspective- 3 casual friends with kids who realize that they need help! Erica is proud of her exciting career. But, with a husband who travels for his career, she depends upon her nanny. What happens when her nanny suddenly quits? Louise also has an interesting job, and a nice husband, but things just aren’t clicking on the home front anymore. Polly is timid and scared. Her husband died and she has a lot on her plate. Polly lives in a rundown (which is a compliment in this case) B&B and the three women decide that they will move in together and share their housekeeping and childcaring duties. They will visit their own homes and husbands on the weekend. Now, that is a perspective I have never considered!

Second, to be a “book club book”, the characters that must explore a theme. Many interesting and important themes are presented throughout the story, including domestic violence, body image, infidelity, women’s career choices, and bullying.

Third, a “book club book” must have an ending that makes sense yet is open to interpretation. Book clubs love to discuss, “Where do you see these characters five years from now?” Wife Support System has a “happy for now” ending for each character. Through living together, each of the woman does grow and becomes more mature.

Readers will enjoy reading about each character and their humor and observations are entertaining. Book clubs could discuss, “Who is your favorite character?” “Would you have acted/responded like Erica/Louise/Polly?” “How have you handled these situations?”

“Book Club Fiction” sometimes describes an upmarket or literary fiction book. Wife Support System is not like that. It’s a friendly, upbeat book. Enjoy! Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advance digital review copy. This is my honest review.
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June 27, 2020 – Shelved

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