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Talk About It Thursday: October Book of the Month All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

October Book of the Month

All The Summer Girls

About The Book

In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiancé the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa finds herself obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, the wild child and aspiring writer who can’t seem to put down a book—or a cocktail—long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired… again.

In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier—and the secrets that only now threaten to surface.

Comment: This was a book about three friends needing to regroup and help each other straighten their lives out. These were woman going through the motions until life hit them over the head to make them wake up. The characters were well-developed and I could relate to what they were going through. The storyline was consistent and enjoyable which made for a good read.  The unveiling of the secrets these women held was not what I expected and it kept me turning the pages. This was the first book I have read by this author and was very happy that I picked it for October.

Rating: A&RBC gives All The Summer Girls 5 Stars=None Stop Page Turner

November Book of the Month

Between Mother and Daughter

About The Book

Twenty years after their impulsive marriage, Maggie and Bill Barrett are happily settled into the quiet comfort of their dream home with their three beautiful children. Then, the day after Christmas 2004, their world is shattered apart.

Feeling isolated, Bill leaves to try to discover peace on his own. Maggie shuts down, incapable of connecting with her children or even sleeping most nights. Getting by in a daze, she has no idea how to begin picking up the pieces of their lives.

Enter Kate: a woman who placed an ad in the paper to be a housekeeper and companion to a family. Kate has secrets and sorrows of her own, but her gentle caring has an immediate effect on the children—and on Maggie herself. When Bill announces that he’s fallen for another woman, Maggie realizes that she will have to fight to put her family back together. But after all they’ve been through, can anything truly fix their broken ties?

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