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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 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 and soon became inseparable. But when an unimaginable betrayal happened amongst the group, the friendship abruptly ended, and they haven’t spoken since. That’s why, eight years later, Regina and Sophie are shocked when they get a call for help from Adelaide. Adelaide’s husband is stationed abroad, and without any friends or family near her new home of Alexandria, Virginia, she has no one to help take care of her young daughter when she has to undergo emergency surgery. For the sake of an innocent child, Regina and Sophie reluctantly put their differences aside to help an old friend. As the three women reunite, they must overcome past hurts and see if there’s any future for their friendship. Featuring Tif Marcelo’s signature “enchanting prose” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and the books that brought them together in the first place, In a Book Club Far Away honors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds.


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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 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 and soon became inseparable. But when an unimaginable betrayal happened amongst the group, the friendship abruptly ended, and they haven’t spoken since. That’s why, eight years later, Regina and Sophie are shocked when they get a call for help from Adelaide. Adelaide’s husband is stationed abroad, and without any friends or family near her new home of Alexandria, Virginia, she has no one to help take care of her young daughter when she has to undergo emergency surgery. For the sake of an innocent child, Regina and Sophie reluctantly put their differences aside to help an old friend. As the three women reunite, they must overcome past hurts and see if there’s any future for their friendship. Featuring Tif Marcelo’s signature “enchanting prose” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and the books that brought them together in the first place, In a Book Club Far Away honors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds.

30 review for In a Book Club Far Away

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    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 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, Matt, is stationed abroad, which leaves her with their young daughter, Genevieve. When Adelaide finds out she has to have surgery for an issue (sooner than later), she sends an SOS to her friends. She needs Regina to come out to help care for Genevieve and to cook. She needs Sophie to come out for her much-needed nursing skills. She also has a plan to get the two of them talking again, and to work out their differences. Unfortunately, neither Regina or Sophie knew the other the other would also be there...and they aren’t thrilled. Can they somehow patch up their friendship and heal from past wounds? This is a compelling read about the dynamics of friendship, betrayals, triumphs...and a love for books. Author Tif Marcelo masterfully weaves dual timelines: the blossoming friendship that started 10 years ago, ultimately leading to the end of said friendship...and the present day, where things are rocky, but maybe hopeful. The book is divided into sections, and each one starts with a quote from the book the characters were reading at the time in their book club. I loved that little touch, and couldn’t wait to find to find out if it would end with a book club selection in current times. Initially, I thought the reason for Regina and Sophie’s fallout (or more so the fact that they had a fallout for such a long time) was a bit contrived once everything was fully revealed. However, I thought about it...and it worked. We are all human, and a lot of change can occur in ten years as people evolve and mature. Side note: The BOTM version has a handful of typos/grammatical errors. Hopefully that’s just the little OCD in me and nobody else will notice. 😂 An enjoyable read for a lazy couch day. It balances some depth with intriguing and likable characters. In A Book Club Far Away will be published through Gallery Books on 4/6/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    December Tierlist Vlog is up! Click the link to see the video review of all the books read in December! The Written Review 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). I December Tierlist Vlog is up! Click the link to see the video review of all the books read in December! The Written Review 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). In 2021, Adelaide sends an SOS message to her best friends, they both come running (and are mutually shocked that the other was there). Adelaide has a two-year-old daughter, her husband is overseas and she's scheduled for an essential surgery. She needs Sophie to take care of her (Sophie is a nurse) and Regina to take care of the two-year-old...And Adelaide secretly hopes her two friends would resolve their differences but after ten years, is there any relationship worth saving? This book is told through alternating perspectives ("modern" day (set in 2021) and the past (2011-2012)). As the book progresses, we get to see what drove their friend group apart and how that affected their current lives. I normally don't go for contemporaries but this one was an exception. Well written, well-fleshed out main characters. I enjoyed the flashbacks and forwards. I did think the ending was a little rushed (not by a lot, but a little) but other than that, I really enjoyed this one!! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    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 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 out ....until a crisis reunites them again. It doesn't happen without a fight. With each one battling insecurities unknown to their friends, they carry the outer facade everything is fine. This was a heartwarming homecoming told in past/present with drama unfolding ....some times unbearable to read. They gain our respect even with their bickering. They have created a support network for the challenges that can't be unbroken even though their hearts have suffered loss and confusion. Much love for the ones who choose to live behind the honor of that uniform.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tif

    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! 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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Book Club SOS Regina, Sophie, and Adelaide started a book club ten years ago and bonded over their love of books. They were together for ups and downs and all other life events during that time. But then something happened that changed their friendship. Adelaide speaks to both Sophie and Regina, but the two women do not speak to each other. Why? What happened? Eight years later (present day), Adelaide has sent a book club SOS to her friends. Her husband is away, and she needs help as she must have Book Club SOS Regina, Sophie, and Adelaide started a book club ten years ago and bonded over their love of books. They were together for ups and downs and all other life events during that time. But then something happened that changed their friendship. Adelaide speaks to both Sophie and Regina, but the two women do not speak to each other. Why? What happened? Eight years later (present day), Adelaide has sent a book club SOS to her friends. Her husband is away, and she needs help as she must have surgery and has no one to look after her two-year-old daughter. Thus, the SOS that brings all three of the women together again. Reunited and it feels so good - NOT Relationships are complex. Has the past hurt festered? Does time really heal all wounds? There are past hurts and things that have never been fully discussed. As a reader we are in the dark, which led me to make my own assumption. I was in the ballpark but did not quite hit the nail on the head. Can they work through the emotional pain? Will books bring them together again? Can their friendships be saved? I appreciated how the author titled each section, so you knew what time frame and character is being featured in the chapter. There is no confusion, and it keeps things flowing. As the book progresses, we learn more about each woman but also, I wanted to know what-went-down that caused a rift in their friendship. If you have been an army spouse or been a member of a military family, you may be able to relate to some of the issue that the women face. Regina is not only a military spouse, but she serves herself. This was a charming book about female friendship, marriage, relationships, feeling betrayed, guilt, being in a military family, and being a reader. Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a women's fiction. This book follow a group of women that started a book club while their husband's/boyfriend's where in the Military. The three women reunite when one of them needs surgery and need the other two to help her recover. Well, They are together they flashback to the event that pulled them apart years ago. I really was pulled into this story, and I really loved the storyline of this book. I have to say that the storyline is in the drivers set in this book, but the characters This is a women's fiction. This book follow a group of women that started a book club while their husband's/boyfriend's where in the Military. The three women reunite when one of them needs surgery and need the other two to help her recover. Well, They are together they flashback to the event that pulled them apart years ago. I really was pulled into this story, and I really loved the storyline of this book. I have to say that the storyline is in the drivers set in this book, but the characters are really developed. I found myself slowly falling in loved with the characters of this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Gallery Books) or author (Tif Marcelo) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tarah

    tbh this was one of the worst books i’ve ever read. This was my BOT pick and I really regret it. I dnf’ed it because it was just so boring. the reason why they had that tension was so underwhelming. I cant believe i wasted my pick on this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 99.7% stupid drama, 0.3% book club It's my own fault for not looking closely and seeing that the Beyond the Point (BLERG) author was the one who blurbed this for BOTM. There are so many stupid plot holes that I had to mark this as spoilers in order to vent: So Sophie doesn't want to marry Jasper because he could be deployed? But is fine with having children with him? HOW DOES SHE GET HEALTH INSURANCE?!?!?!?!?? WHY ARE YOU WITH A MAN IN THE MILITARY FOR 20 YEARS AND NOT GETTING BENEFITS?!?!?!? Hey, w 99.7% stupid drama, 0.3% book club It's my own fault for not looking closely and seeing that the Beyond the Point (BLERG) author was the one who blurbed this for BOTM. There are so many stupid plot holes that I had to mark this as spoilers in order to vent: So Sophie doesn't want to marry Jasper because he could be deployed? But is fine with having children with him? HOW DOES SHE GET HEALTH INSURANCE?!?!?!?!?? WHY ARE YOU WITH A MAN IN THE MILITARY FOR 20 YEARS AND NOT GETTING BENEFITS?!?!?!? Hey, why not have the toddler's birthday party at the park instead of the house OF SOMEONE WHO JUST HAD SURGERY? If Reggie's mom can afford a townhome in Alexandria, why was Reggie ever worried about money?!?!? November book club meeting: with everyone's spouse deployed, most people had to bring their kids to book club February book club meeting: ROAD TRIP TO NYC! Also would have been interesting to hear about being a wife in the military but I think it was mentioned like twice that Reggie went to "work"? Why wasn't she deployed? Also also, UGH on "my life would be complete with a baby from my own loins." Also also also, seriously, was every issue in each relationship solved by just one conversation? Also also also also! I especially "loved" two sections into the book where she abandoned the book club premise and instead shoe-horned in a one-paragraph description of the book. I would have DNF'd but I was trapped and it was my only option. Don't make the same mistake I did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    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 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 publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    3 old friends reunite after not speaking for 10 years. They’re military wives and one of them needs her gallbladder out so she calls on the other 2 to come stay with her daughter while she is recovering from surgery. This book was about friendship, Army life, marriage, infertility, etc. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. Published 5/2021.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Mangan

    I hated this so much that I couldn’t finish it. It felt like every cliche in women’s fiction tied up in one novel with mediocre writing. I love good story about female friendships but the plot/conflict/characters were sooo poorly written. And as nicki pointed out in her review, this author waaaaaay overuses the word “tummy.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    I loved the author’s previous books and was eagerly awaiting this one. And definitely there were parts I liked of this story, but I just couldn’t get past the weak reason for the friends’ major dispute, and Adelaide’s totally irrational anger for it 10 years later. That colored my entire mood regarding the overall story, unfortunately.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl S (book_boss_12)

    In A Book Club Far Away was honestly the perfect read for me right now. I loved it. First off every chapter started with a quote from a book that the author used to name the chapter. So perhaps I now have more books to read? This is the story of 3 friends who met in...you guessed it....BOOK CLUB. The story of a falling out wasn't super. Landing it 4 stars. What was super is it got me reflecting. I grew closer to my sister over books the last 2 years. I am standing up in my friends wedding next yea In A Book Club Far Away was honestly the perfect read for me right now. I loved it. First off every chapter started with a quote from a book that the author used to name the chapter. So perhaps I now have more books to read? This is the story of 3 friends who met in...you guessed it....BOOK CLUB. The story of a falling out wasn't super. Landing it 4 stars. What was super is it got me reflecting. I grew closer to my sister over books the last 2 years. I am standing up in my friends wedding next year and while it wasn't over books we met, it's books that bonded us. I talk daily to 5 amazing women 4 of whom I've never met in person over a fb book group we run. So did I get this book? Right down to its lovely core. Due to this book group I have interacted and came to enjoy many others. If you love books and have friends because of it this is just the perfect novel. Much love for this one! If interested in joining my fb group search Turning The Page Book Sales, Swaps, and Discussions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Books With Kayla

    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 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 this lack of communication for an entire decade. The parts of the military lifestyle we got during the past time line did feel pretty realistic and a lot of the sentiments the women shared were true to my own experiences. The chaotic time before your spouse leaves when you're almost just ready for them to go instead of hanging in limbo, the honeymoon period upon return combined with learning to readjust to life with each other, filling up your time while they're gone to distract yourself. The friendships formed during this time period should be strong, trust filled. These women are supposed to be there for each other, leaning on each other, and the conflict that drove them apart was something that just simple and honest communication would have solved. I hated that they fell apart for ten years and then after all of that time, still had petty squabbles with no growth at all. It took a long time to get to the break up of their friendship and the entire problem seemed to be resolved instantly, which is crazy because they'd been holding onto this for so long, why now were they okay to just let it all go? I don't feel like the character development, especially on Regina's part, was there to justify this resolution. They were still being immature and ridiculous just a couple of chapters before this, throwing petty insults at each other like they were never friends at all. The writing was very clunky and a lot of details felt inconsistent. At one point, Sophie's boyfriend (not husband because she doesn't want to marry someone in the military yet stays with him for his entire career, receiving no health care benefits, having no military id, not being able to shop or do anything on post.... but I digress) is said to be in the Navy during one of the first book club meetings, but later on is said to have retired from the Army. So many of the actions of the characters made me irrationally angry. I just struggled to read this because no body made decisions with their brains. Regina gets mad that Adelaide invites her and Sophie without telling her then throws a party after Adelaide's surgery, invites all her friends to her house, doesn't even ask, and is surprised Adelaide is mad about it. Just no logic at all. Had this book been solely from the past time line and focused on the friendships between the women as they went through deployment and Army life, I think this would have been a much more pleasant read. I understand there needs to be conflict but I think having these friends hold each other up in times of struggle instead of having them fall apart for a decade would have been a stronger story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maryjane Gardner

    Meh. Three friends have a fight. The three don’t see each other at the same time for 10 years. Real story of fight comes out. Real story of fight is stupid. Makes you want to hate the characters more than you already do.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Fluffy but comforting. Like mashed potatoes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawnny

    A heartwarming story about Army wives who connected through their book club. Regina,Sophia and Adelaide were best friends until they had a fallout. Now eight years later Adelaide needs her friends. In her new home with her husband abroad she needs surgery and has no one to help with her daughter. Regina and Sophia step up. Put their differences aside and do what Army wives do, they come together. A story of friendship and healing. I loved this. A great book club pick. I highly recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Rodríguez

    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 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 help from Adelaide. Adelaide's husband is abroad. She is in Alexandria, Virginia, and no one else can help her take care of her young daughter. Adelaide needs to undergo a medical procedure. It might be the opportunity Adelaide, Regina and Sophie have to rescue the friendship they had. I liked the book because it shows the importance of friendship. I don't know many women who are married to soldiers, but I'm sure it's not easy. This book gave me an idea of what the situation is like from the spouses' point of view. The author narrated from different points of view, which I found enthralling. I was also delighted that the story had different timelines. The book made me feel part of their story. Sometimes I laughed and even felt like I was listening to the voices of the characters. I thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Clayton

    3.5 stars This was a nice, light book about friendship, but not one I would necessarily recommend. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives between the three women and the dual timeline from 10 years prior and the present-day. I also appreciated learning about life as a military spouse, especially since the author is a veteran Army nurse! The book club aspect and book references were fun as well, even though I hadn't read any of the titles that were mentioned. However, at almost 400 pages, I found 3.5 stars This was a nice, light book about friendship, but not one I would necessarily recommend. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives between the three women and the dual timeline from 10 years prior and the present-day. I also appreciated learning about life as a military spouse, especially since the author is a veteran Army nurse! The book club aspect and book references were fun as well, even though I hadn't read any of the titles that were mentioned. However, at almost 400 pages, I found this book to be entirely too long for its content, and grew bored. I also was so frustrated with the women and their lack of communication. I liked the ending, but it was very cheesy. If you are interested in the life of military wives and don't mind the length, I would give this a shot! It was refreshing to read a more wholesome novel after The Hunting Wives lol, but I think if the book had been about 300 pages it would have been a lot more enjoyable (For me, 300 pages is the perfect book length unless it's an epic historical fiction or multi-generational family saga). Trigger warnings for adultery, general marriage issues, miscarriage, and infertility. • Also, I just have to add that the random jelly beans on the cover irrationally annoy me - there is ZERO mention of jelly beans in this book LOL

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    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 whose lives revolved around their husbands and the military. It was also about the ten years that had elapsed 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. T 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 whose lives revolved around their husbands and the military. It was also about the ten years that had elapsed 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 reunion is difficult with two of the friends not speaking to each other. So, yes, there is a surprise ending. Unfortunately, I did not find this part of the book to be sufficiently compelling and, toward the end, started skimming some of these parts. What this book does have going for it is letting us, civilians, learn what it is like to be a military wife, the hardships they have to deal with, and what it really means to be a military wife. For this alone, I will recommend this book highly to the women I know who are in this situation. *ARC supplied by the publisher, author, and Edelweiss/ATTL.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    Three estranged friends are reunited when one of them texts out an SOS. Regina, Sophie, and Adelaide are army spouses - they met and bonded over book club - but ten years later Regina and Sophie aren't on speaking terms. Bouncing back and forth between 2011 and present day - readers learn about what drew the three friends together and at the conclusion learned what pivotal event drove them apart. Adelaide's husband is stationed in Germany when the pains start. She'll need surgery and she'll need Three estranged friends are reunited when one of them texts out an SOS. Regina, Sophie, and Adelaide are army spouses - they met and bonded over book club - but ten years later Regina and Sophie aren't on speaking terms. Bouncing back and forth between 2011 and present day - readers learn about what drew the three friends together and at the conclusion learned what pivotal event drove them apart. Adelaide's husband is stationed in Germany when the pains start. She'll need surgery and she'll need someone to watch her two year old daughter - there is no one she trusts more than her two friends and maybe she can bring them back together in the process. A story of female friendships and a discovery that family isn't just those related by blood - it's the people will choose. Totally okay book, but not mind blowing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    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 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 all became friends in 2011-12 when their husbands were all posted at Fort East. They were inseparable until a betrayal happened and the threesome were no longer friends. Adelaide was still friends with each woman but Regina and Sophie hadn't talked in over eight years and were still angry with each other. When Adelaide issues an SOS to her friends, they both go to her home immediately Her husband is overseas and she needed surgery and had no one to help her or take care of her daughter. When Regina and Sophie saw each other, there were instant fireworks and they were both adamant that they wouldn't stay. But their friendship with Adelaide came first so they both made the best of it to help her. Can they overcome their past hurts and resentments and become friends again or will they they be unable to forgive? Will Adelaide's dream of bringing the trio together again end up in disaster? This is a beautiful book about female friendships. Women know how important their friends are to their lives - they are people to laugh with, cry with and be with at sad times. The friendship that these three women had in the earlier parts of their lives was awesome and they had all suffered without each other over the ensuing years. This book reinforces the importance of female friends. This is my first book by this author and I definitely plan to read some of her earlier books. Thanks to goodreads for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Unless it's a children's book, I have concluded that if I'm able to finish the book in two hours, it's probably not going to rate very highly with me. The writing was clunky; I didn't love any of the main characters; and I continue to be annoyed with "I had sex with Mr. Hottie to find myself" plot device. There was one sentence I loved and the general plot was all right; it was a pleasant two hour diversion, nothing more for me. Unless it's a children's book, I have concluded that if I'm able to finish the book in two hours, it's probably not going to rate very highly with me. The writing was clunky; I didn't love any of the main characters; and I continue to be annoyed with "I had sex with Mr. Hottie to find myself" plot device. There was one sentence I loved and the general plot was all right; it was a pleasant two hour diversion, nothing more for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars. It definitely felt like a cozy read, characteristic of Marcelo’s work based on her other books I’ve read. Really appreciated the friendship between these three women and getting a glimpse into life for military wives/partners.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    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 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 one my BOTM pick not just because the book sounded good, but I also thought the cover was elegant and rich with fun bookish details! I knew that I would read the book one way or the other, but there was something about the cover and title of this one that just seemed to say ‘read me as a hard copy!’ that I simply couldn’t ignore! Besides the author reputation and elegant cover art, this one sounded like such a great read for book clubs or maybe even a buddy read with your BFF. It’s a story about friendships and for me, it was just the book that I needed right now. It was like curling up with a good friend and a glass of wine to gossip about life and laugh about all the things that life throws at you. One of the things that I liked about this one right away was the structure of the friendships. Marcelo is an Army nurse and I liked the idea of these girlfriends bring former Army wife BFFs. I thought this gave me a different perspective on what some of these military families go through—it’s just not a normal existence and I think this book really capitalized on that and I loved that part of this on. My sister in-law’s husband will likely be a career military man. He has been on numerous tours and deployments and during their marriage he has missed the birth of both of their children. Since her family is all in Arizona, she does not travel with him instead he is gone so much and when he’s home they try and maximize their time together. I have seen first hand how lonely an existence it is for her and how much of a strain it can be especially now that they have kids. So I thought that was one of the most interesting things about this book! I loved the nuances and glimpse into the world of military wives and I thought that Marcelo did a magnificent job highlighting the struggles these women faced. Over the years their friendships between the three women have been strained and now in 2021 they are brought back together in hopes of resolving their past hurts. This book is told over the course of a ten year period by alternating between 2011 to 2021. I normally don’t really care for ‘modern’ flashbacks like that but in this case I thought that it worked. I liked the idea of time influencing and impacting their friendships. I thought that it gave the sense of perspective in a new way. Normally I like the ‘flashback’ style of storytelling in historical novels but as I said, for this one I thought it worked in a unique way and I enjoyed it. I felt fully invested in all three of the women’s stories. Sometimes I tend to gravitate toward one or the other but in this book, I felt invested more or less equally in all their stories. This book hit quite a few deeper and emotional topics like miscarriage and divorce but yet I didn’t feel like I was put through an emotional wringer. It felt like the story had some great balance, serious topics mixed with some fluff. It made the story feel like an escape with heart if that makes sense. I really enjoyed my time with Sophie, Regina, and Adelaide. Their triumphs, hurts, and failures were all realistic and thought out. Each of the women was fully realized and written with such clarity. I didn’t feel like I could legitimately meet one of these women and be friends with them. This was a great read full of women’s issues and friendship. It had heart but also managed to remain balanced in its emotional impact. I loved how the story unfolded and ultimately resolved. If you love women’s fiction and are looking for something fresh for spring, I highly recommend picking this one up! It was a BOTM pick for a reason! See my full review here

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Winter

    This was such a good book! Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie are three army wives who joined a book club together and developed a close friendship. One day, something happens that tears the friendships apart. Years later, Adelaide sends an SOS to Regina and Sophie. They all come together in support of Adelaide and try to revisit the past to see if they can repair their lost friendships. A book about books??! Yes please! I loved the overall plot of this book and that it explored the bonds between frie This was such a good book! Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie are three army wives who joined a book club together and developed a close friendship. One day, something happens that tears the friendships apart. Years later, Adelaide sends an SOS to Regina and Sophie. They all come together in support of Adelaide and try to revisit the past to see if they can repair their lost friendships. A book about books??! Yes please! I loved the overall plot of this book and that it explored the bonds between friendship. I loved all the characters and it was eye-opening to read a book about just how strong army wives have to be when their partners are deployed. I also loved that books helped to bring the friendships together. In my life, books helped me to form a close bond with one of my best friends so I can relate to that kind of friendship! We are both in Book Of The Month club and talk about the books we read non-stop! This was a very well-written book and I loved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy Mertens

    Superb!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Axnick

    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 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 rift. It is only when Adelaide needs her friends as she faces surgery that she sends out the “Book Club SOS” and the women reunite to address the past. The book alternates between their initial meeting in 2011 and the present. Additionally, alternating chapters reveal the perspectives of each of the three women as they navigate their lives and their friendship. When I began reading this book I found it intriguing. I have minimal experience or knowledge about military families and the challenges they face – not once, but each time one member is deployed and/or relocated. I have a greater appreciation now for the strength and dedication it takes to weather the strains created on a marriage/family by a military career. That said, I found this a very slow read. The pace crawled along and I kept losing interest as the story and the illusive details of the betrayal were alluded to, but not revealed, until well into the last half of the book. The promotional blurb refers to the author’s “enchanting prose,” but this was sorely lacking for me. My thanks to the author, Gallery Books, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing a digital ARC in exchange for an independent, honest review. This review is being posted immediately to my GoodReads account and will be posted on Amazon upon publication.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was just mediocre to me. It kept leading up to this big fight with the main characters, but it didn’t come to the surface until almost the very end. I did start to enjoy the book more towards the end and I liked the book’s major theme of friendship. Didn’t hate this book, I was just expecting more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BookishStitcher

    This is a book that would be perfect for a very specific type of person, of which I am not. If someone was a military spouse and loved to read then I think this book would resonate with them on a really deep level. While I know a lot of people in the military, I don't have a lot of the experiences that the characters in this book have. This book is ultimately about friendship, but it is set in the place of military spouses/partners starting a bookclub while their partners are deployed. This book This is a book that would be perfect for a very specific type of person, of which I am not. If someone was a military spouse and loved to read then I think this book would resonate with them on a really deep level. While I know a lot of people in the military, I don't have a lot of the experiences that the characters in this book have. This book is ultimately about friendship, but it is set in the place of military spouses/partners starting a bookclub while their partners are deployed. This book also is very much of this certain style of book that I used to really enjoy but now just find cheesy. Reading tastes change over time and this book was just okay for me in my certain reading preferences.

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