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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Very Entertaining!

Type: {Commuter Read: format lends easily to starting/ stopping.}
Rating: {I'm Lovin' It: Very entertaining!}

Why You're Reading It:
- You love Cape Cod.
- You're looking for an original story.
- You want a page-turner that you can escape into.

What I Thought:...
Type: {Commuter Read: format lends easily to starting/ stopping.}
Rating: {I'm Lovin' It: Very entertaining!}

Why You're Reading It:
- You love Cape Cod.
- You're looking for an original story.
- You want a page-turner that you can escape into.

What I Thought:
The Gin & Chowder Club is a complex and original story that is an incredibly quick read. Nan Rossiter is a master of description and has a gift for making the reader feel as if they are in the story. I am eager to get across the country for a better look at Cape Cod now! The two families that are featured in this book are so real that you feel as if you know them (yet you would never wish their situation on anyone you actually do know). A story that doesn't give us a clear hero or villain, it lends itself to be a good book for discussions. Each of the main characters have been written with strengths and flaws alike. The Christian faith plays a bigger role in this book than I was expecting (or perhaps usually care for), but Rossiter has incorporated the realness of humanity by weighing faith against life. What happens when someone who has been raised to be a good Christian, Ivy League young man of 1961 (complete with shaking his father's hand instead of hugging, being ultra respectful of his mother, being chummy with his father's friends, and donning the required Cape Cod wardrobe of polos and khakis with his tan - think the Kennedy clan here), ends up having an affair with the wife of one of his father's best friends?

As he struggles between the new found feelings of his own manhood versus the Christian teachings his mother instilled in him in his boyhood, readers are able to get to know Asa in an intimate way. It was easy for me to connect with Asa; bookish and less social than his older brother. He chooses who he loves carefully and isn't someone who dates around, which makes his relationship with Noelle that much more intense. His struggle to do the right thing is often overshadowed by his human desire to have what he wants, a battle most of us are familiar with.

Added bonuses are sprinkled throughout the book. Dog lovers will fall in love with Martha, who will remind many of their childhood four legged friends. And book lovers will fall in love with the way Rossiter references books and poets. each time she slips in a literary reference it feels like a little secret gift to the reader. As much as I would have loved to have seen some of these characters fleshed out even more, the length was perfect and the reading was good; trying to stretch it out wouldn't have served the plot and, as much as I love knowing about characters, I enjoy a moving plot line. The first half of the book is a nice set up, and the second half flies by!

posted by Coconut_Librarian on July 8, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Would not recommend.

When I first saw this book I thought it would be a nice summer read - a light chick lit type of book. And I was right about it being a light read, however it bordered more toward the Christian lit genre than chick lit. I wasn't expecting to read a book peppered with r...
When I first saw this book I thought it would be a nice summer read - a light chick lit type of book. And I was right about it being a light read, however it bordered more toward the Christian lit genre than chick lit. I wasn't expecting to read a book peppered with religion throughout, which is pretty much what I got. Now, I'm not one to read Christian lit normally, so I'll admit that my opinion about this book may be skewed - nonetheless, here goes.


This is a book about infidelity and the ways in which it impacts lives. Asa has known Uncle Nate forever and has grown fond of his wife, Noelle (she's fifteen years younger than Nate and is his second wife - Annie, his first wife passed away years ago). Except, this fondness is starting to turn into lust and well, you can imagine where that takes the story. Noelle kisses Asa (she tells him they are just friends) + Asa can't get Noelle out of his head = an affair is born. Hearts are broken and a baby is born. Oh, and there is a death, which I'm sure is supposed to tug at your heart strings, but it just made me roll my eyes. Why did I roll my eyes? Because I knew who was going to die and what would happen afterward - it was so obvious! I hate when you already know what is going to happen before it happens - it makes for a boring read.


I admit it - I didn't really care for the book. The writing was good, but it didn't really hold my attention. I pretty much read the book in one sitting and found that I was happy when it was finally over. I just felt that the story lacked personality and the characters were cliched. In fact the plot was so unoriginal that I felt like I was re-reading a story. The only things I did like were the book cover (I love hydrangeas) and the bits and bobs that mentioned To Kill A Mockingbird and A Separate Peace - that's pretty much it. This is not a book I will remember.

posted by NadiaReadsALot on July 6, 2011

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