Blue Bottle Club

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Four friends gathered in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact.

“Our dreams for the future,” they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a shimmering blue bottle.

But that event happened in 1929, and it is decades later when local news reporter Brenna Delaney stumbles upon that bottle . . . and into the most meaningful story of her career.

Life has taken those four girls’ dreams of ...

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Overview

Four friends gathered in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact.

“Our dreams for the future,” they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a shimmering blue bottle.

But that event happened in 1929, and it is decades later when local news reporter Brenna Delaney stumbles upon that bottle . . . and into the most meaningful story of her career.

Life has taken those four girls’ dreams of love, fame, and faith on a path fraught with seduction, betrayal, and loss. Little has turned out as expected—and yet every choice, every tear has led each of them to a special place.

Brenna’s search will uncover the secrets of that Blue Bottle Club . . . and her own life will never be the same.

“A beautiful novel about friendship and the power of faith to renew our dreams.”

—Angela Hunt, author of Magdalene

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401685317
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 475,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Penelope J. Stokes is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bottle Club, The Amethyst Heart, The Amber Photograph, The Treasure Box, The Wishing Jar and The Memory Book. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and was a college professor for 12 years before leaving the classroom to write full-time. Stokes resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at www.penelopejstokes.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Truly Wonderful

    This book is an amazing read. It takes you on a soul searching journey with a mix and history and religion. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book I couldn't put it down I laughed and cried I didn't want it to end

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Not great at all

    I picked up this book for my monthly book club and stopped reading after about page 250. I really wanted to stop after 100 but felt the need to continue as I hate starting books and never finishing them. The story is completely contrived and like a million other books about old friendships (Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood comes to mind) except that those other stories are well told and at least somewhat original! Plus, I had no idea that the book is overtly about how "god" helps people to overcome everything (or at least I hadn't picked up on it) until about page 100 and then it was just silly. It was all about how god has a plan for each of us, etc. I purposely don't pick up books with religious undertones (or overtones) and this book has it in spades. Plus the story line is so not compelling! I didn't fall in love with any of the characters, and the reporter, Brendan, leaves you wanting a better protagonist. All in all, since I try to finish most books, me leaving this one unread NOT even wanting to know the ending says a lot about the contents of the book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    Your Dreams, God's Dreams for You

    Your Dreams, God's Dreams for You -- that seemed to sum up for me what this book covered. The dreams God has for you may be the same as what you think they should be, but if not, remember God has something better in mind for you. Ms. Stokes did a wonderful job of portraying four old women reflecting on their lives and the young TV reporter, Brendan, needed to hear their story for herself as much as for her viewers. I recommend this story to anyone who likes a thoughtful, reflective story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Encouraging Read

    Whether you are religious or non religious, you'll enjoy the encouragement this little book offers to the reader. The author has it correct. Life does change, and it's a good thing to adapt. Sweet read too!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    Enjoyable Christian Fiction

    Stokes took the lives of four elderly women and allowed them to be opened up by a young journalist. The result? Heartache, tears, and spiritual awakening for all of the characters. I enjoyed the book and the development of the characters, even though Stokes' writing is not quite up there with other Christian writers such as Francine Rivers, Lynn Austin, and Terri Blackstock. I do plan to read more of Stokes' work. Pick up this one if you want a good, easy read with a good spiritual message.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    do you have a dream

    this book will open parts of your heart you didn't know were closed. friendships and awarnesses will be quicken in your spirit. you will be blessed by reading this precious novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    A Weekend Read

    When I first picked up the book, I thought it would be predictable. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't entirely predictable, but the bigger surprise was how it affected me. The book prompted me to ask the same questions of myself that the main character was struggling with. This book is not just a girlfriend book about dreams, it really provokes some soul searching. This book has so much more to offer than just a nice story. I really enjoyed this book, and the unexpected personal bonus was worth the weekend I spent reading The Blue Bottle Club.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    Share this with a friend

    If you liked the Ya Ya sisterhood book, you'll love this book. It was uplifting to see how each of them found their spirituallity, without the author shoving it down your throat or it seeming contrived. The characters are all likeable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Wonderful book about dreams and longlasting friendships!

    I am an elementary reading teacher in the Midwest and I truly enjoy religious based books. This book was shared with me by a neighbor. I am so happy she shared it with me. It was so uplifting both spirtually and emotionally. I cried at the end because it touched me so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Typos and grammatical erros

    The Nook version was not edited well at all. I have never seen so many typos, grammatical errors and missing words and phrases. Please fix this ASAP. We pay for these and expect a standard of quality to be met

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Great story!

    Enjoyed the story lines coming together. Reminds you not to give up on dreams.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    An Awesome Read - - Hated to come to the last page!!!!

    A lovely story of 4 girlfriends - the author does an excellent job of unfolding each personality and painting a beautiful picture in words of each young girl and then of each life now in their 80's.

    I was impressed how Penelope Stokes told each story of their faith and love in such a special believable way. Such beautiful ladies and so different in many ways.

    I would highly recommend this book - - who wouldn't enjoy way the news reporter connected the friends together after sooooo many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    The Blue Bottle Club captured me!

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Blue Bottle Club. Each character was a distinct individual yet they all were friends. They bonded as young girls & through years of separation they still held the bond. Considering the troubles they each endured, they each found happiness & joy & fulfillment in their lives. I loved it & found it very inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Blue Bottle Club

    I found this book thoroughly enchanting. I read it almost from cover to cover in one sitting. I enjoyed it so much I bought it as a gift for my sister. I am even considering buying it again for me or at least getting it from the library to reread again. I have told others about it as well.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Living the depression

    The plot was thought provoking and as the setting took place mostly in the depression era it was interesting to someone whose parents lived through that time.

    Even though the much of the story took place 60 plus years ago, it was amazing how many things, particularly the issues with the churches, are relevant today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    TCW book club's newest member

    Today's Christian Woman magazine has a book club reading The Blue Bottle Club. On a whim I bought it. What a delightful read. I love the way the book was written--4 ladies make a vow and 65 years later we get to see if they were able to keep their vow, did their dreams come true and where are they now? Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    P. Stokes is an awesome Christian writer

    Penelope Stokes has done it again! Another great book. Looking into the lives of these four women cause you to examine the women in your family and appreciate the sacrifices they have made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    Excellent -- MUST READ!

    Christian fiction has come a long way....used to be rather boring and predictable -- if not a little 'hooky'. This book is a most refreshing read which is smooth as silk and one that you don't want to put down! Any woman over 50 will love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    A Great Story!

    One of the best books I have ever read. A great find for anyone who loves to read.

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