Tif Marcelo returns to the blog with a story of friendships and second chances with
In a Book Club Far Away
Adelaide, Regina and Sophie used to be best friends, and were constant companions through their partner’s deployments, illnesses, pregnancies and more. Until Regina’s relationship blew up spectacularly and the group split. Both women still spoke to Adelaide if not to one another – so when an SOS came from Adi that she needed them (without telling them that she’d invited the other) they both appeared ready to help. Neither was willing to discuss the past – and while both were furious with Adi for her interference and trying to “fix” them, they also knew that Adi needed them desperately with her husband on deployment and a toddler at home – so they stuck around. Mostly to deal with Adi and her needs.
But everyone here has secrets: Sophie is a nurse and now with her partner retired from the military – she’s wanting more. Leaving her twins with Jasper and running off to help Adi was just what she needed: time away to think and decide on her own next move. Regina, now divorced with a 7-year-old son also has a catering company that has been struggling. She’s got to decide – it’s been three years and still her business hasn’t taken off like she’d hoped. She’s also now (while at Adi’s) a stone’s throw from her on-line flirtation: Henry Just of Just Cakes, and while she’s debating about the ‘next step” she’s in meeting distance.
Meanwhile – Adi has been struggling with her gallbladder and being the perfect ‘officer’s wife” – a role she’s based on her mother’s seeming ease with all that entails, all while raising her children. But Adi’s holding a guilty secret – one that is at the center of Sophie and Regina’s troubles.
What this story brought was plenty of drama, lots of growth and a TON of emotion that everyone can relate to: communications gone wrong, the struggles with loneliness and the constant imminent moves, the adjustment periods both with and without spouses, where to focus your energies and desires for careers when you know that you aren’t long for a place, the challenges are endless and show, as Adi’s mother said “they call us dependents because the military is dependent on us doing everything at home while they are away”. I’m paraphrasing, but this story highlights military spouses – male and female, and celebrates them, their friendships and their strength – all while allowing them to grow, change and find community within a group that understands, and can forgive and love even when the worst happens. Thanks to Tif Marcelo for creating such a lovely group of women to look up to, understand and want to be friends with even if they aren’t physically in our worlds.
Title: In a Book Club Far Away
Author: TIf Marcelo
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Contemporary Elements, Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Interracial, Mental Health, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Sociological Relevancy
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 6 April, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.