The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club Book #1): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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In the small Colorado town of Summit View, a surprising multi-generational mix of women from Grace Church meet once a week to pass a hot dish and to pray. But the Potluck Club, as they call themselves, is a recipe for disaster when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church. And the funny thing: the more they pray, the more troubles seem to come their way. It isn't until they invite God to the table that they discover ...
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The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club Book #1): A Novel

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Overview

In the small Colorado town of Summit View, a surprising multi-generational mix of women from Grace Church meet once a week to pass a hot dish and to pray. But the Potluck Club, as they call themselves, is a recipe for disaster when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church. And the funny thing: the more they pray, the more troubles seem to come their way. It isn't until they invite God to the table that they discover friendship is the spice of life, and a little dash of grace, just like salt, goes a long way.

With charming, down-home characters, humor, poignancy, and a recipe in every chapter, The Potluck Club will keep readers hungering for more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441201201
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Potluck Club , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 67,174
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson are award-winning authors, successful speakers, radio personalities, and avid readers of fiction. They've also led numerous Bible studies and women's retreats, and still find time to be wives and mothers. Linda lives in Longmont, Colorado, and Eva lives in Casselberry, Florida.
Linda Evans Shepherd is the author of over thirty books including When You Don't Know What to Pray: How to Talk to God about Anything and When You Can't Find God: How to Ignite the Power of His Presence, and the co-author of the popular series the Potluck Club and the Potluck Catering Club. Linda is an international speaker and media personality and is the creator of RightToTheHeart.tv and appears as a frequent host of Daystar's Denver Celebration.

She's the leader of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and president of the nonprofit ministry Right to the Heart, which has seen over 500,000 people come to faith. She's married and has two children. For more, visit www.sheppro.com.
Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, and Chasing Sunsets. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club books and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    The PotLuck Club

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Gossipy

    Couldn't really hold my interest. Ended up quitting after the second chapter. Not offensive in any way, just not interesting to me either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Do Not Recommend!

    I had a real hard time getting into these books; read first and second books...just could not hold my interest. Very difficult to follow story line. I bought them because a friend highly recommended them.....would not buy again.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Loved it!!!!

    Loved this book!

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Great+Read

    You+as+a+reader+have+to+pay+attention+to+keep+up+with+the+story+line+because+it+goes+from+one+extreme+to+the+next.+Exciting....+i+really+enjoyed+this+novel.+It+is+a+great+book+to+pass+along+to+others%2C+in+which+i+did.+Biblical+enhancments+given+to+the+readers+are+the+best+focals+of+this+book.+A+must+read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    A VERY NICE READ!

    A GOOD LIFT ME IP BOOK....CLEVER, SPIRITUAL AND ONE WOMEN CAN RELATE TO!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    A must read!

    Meet the Potluck Club--six women who gather each month to share their insatiable appetite for good friends, great food, and a pinch of prayer. Their seemingly unlikely friendship brings a little spice to life in Summit View, Colorado. But when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church, things get interesting . . .

    Evie's niece arrives with a broken heart and a big surprise.

    Lisa Leann tries to take over.

    Goldie's marriage turns sour.

    Donna stews over a strange encounter.

    Lizzie's librarian eyes are on the lookout for trouble.

    Vonnie must come to terms with a secret she's kept hidden from her best friends.

    But who knows what life will serve as The Potluck Club discovers that friendship is no piece of cake and a little dash of grace, like salt, goes a long way.

    My Review - I got this book as a freebie on Barnes and Noble and I'm not really sure why I got it other then for the simple fact that it looks nothing like what I'd normally read. I thought to myself when I saw it - it's free, not trashy and maybe I'll like it. And like it I did. Each character in the book had something to give and although it got a little confusing with so many characters at first it was worth sticking with.

    I loved how the authors told the story of Evie's life and I loved the way her love life played out. I liked the way Lisa Leann's life took a turn in the book. Goldie is an amazing woman to put up with all the stuff she put up with and I was finally happy to see her stand up for herself! I would have liked to see more with Donna and how she ended up feeling toward Evie and/or Vonnie. I liked Lizzie and felt she was definitely the educator in the group because of her love for research. And Vonnie...I knew right away what was going on there but wanted to keep reading to see how it turned out. And I loved how it turned out. There was also another character in the book who wasn't one of the main characters but she still stuck out to me and that was Jan. Jan was a mother with breast cancer and I completely connected with her as my mother has breast cancer. Overall this book was a really good book and I loved how it was Christian fiction too. Overall I gave it 4 stars and will look into other books by the authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    Fun Read

    I was sucked into reading this book through a book club. I wasn't much into it at first but was pleasantly surprised very quickly into the read. The characters are very "Steel Magnolia's" meets the church lady's in your own community. I recommend a cozy sofa, some tea and several hours of free time...you'll want to keep reading this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    The Potluck Club, very enjoyable.

    The book is an easy, fun read. There are some ideas in the book that are very thought provoking and comforting. Some of the characters you click with right away and all of them have been someone you have known personally in your life. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but am planning to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    No taste and less filling

    I realize after reading the book and visiting the authors' websites that the meaning of friendship and the power of God's grace and mercy are the underlying themes in this novel, but unfortunately, it takes some real digging for those elements. I found the characters to be judgemental, back-stabbing, gossipy geese. Definitely not the kind of women that raise up a church or the people within it. Despite what the authors' claim on their website, these characters are not 'real women that everyone of us can relate to'. As a 'real' Christian woman, I simply cannot relate. The authors seem very proud of their characters and the storylines they have created for each, but personally I find no depth only disaster. The only positive comment I have for this title is that the recipes that are sprinkled throughout the story are posted at the end of the book, and I recommend each one.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Books about food are always good

    I've always been the type of person that enjoys a good book when eating. Somehow reading a book about food always makes the meal tastier even if what I'm reading isn't what I'm eating. 'The Potluck Club' is another one of those great eating/reading books. It even comes complete with recipes from the dishes mentioned in the story in case you get a hankering for beef brisket, cinnamon rolls or broccoli casserole. I really enjoyed this book. It gave the story from many different angles, with the characters all have different personalities. The premise of the story deals with a group of women meeting together for prayer and potluck. The women are real, experiencing funny and heartbreaking events together. Each character has a background story that they try to keep secret from the others. I am very glad that the book did not fault Goldie for her decision in her situation with her husband. Other books would have let the matter slide by or have Goldie give in. My favorite scene in the book dealt with a certain bear and a chocolate cake. I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. (Of course if I had been in that situation I wouldn't be.) My only complaint was the character of Clay. I'm not sure why his viewpoint is in the story. I understand he's a newspaper journalisty trying to get a story for the paper, but he just came across as annoying, nosy, and stalkerish. I also hope the conflict with Lisa Leann and Evangeline is either resovled or more fleshed out. This is a good book for women, perfect for a book club to read and discuss over a potluck! and yes! the library just got book 2 in.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    I really enjoyed this one!

    It's my understanding that a sequel is coming out this summer. I can't wait! So I'm a bit behind schedule, but this story was so unique and so interesting that it kept me reading and smiling all the way. The characters were so real I hated to see the story end. I have a special place in my heart for Vonnie in particular because she was so hurt by what her mother had done to her. Her poor husband is stunned. I feel for him, too. Oh, and that Lisa Leann chick, boy is she something. LOL! I pray the Lord does a mighty work in her heart. I hope that the sequel shows some resolution in Goldie's life as well as Donna's. From the blurb on the back of this book it sounds like trouble is brewing again and this time Donna's secret will come out. Mercy, this stuff is good. I am a fan of the potluck club forevermore. What a great concept to get some church gossips together and have God reach down and touch them all...one heart at a time. :) Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    At least it had a cute format...

    The recipe cards made for clever chapter dividers, with all the recipes printed in the back. Nevertheless, I didn't care much for this book because I found the characters superficial and unlikeable. What a judgmental bunch! However, I guess this is rather true to form as some of the religious people I've known have behaved similarly. The back cover doesn't give away the overt religious tone of the book. If you're not looking for a pious Christian setting, don't bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    A heart-warming look at coping with real life

    The Potluck Club began as a twosome, just kitchen-phobic old maid Evangeline Benson and her lifelong friend, Ruth Ann McDonald. They met once a month, in their small town of Summit View, Colorado, for gossip, goulash, and a dash of prayer. Then Evangeline¿s biggest prayer wasn¿t answered, and Ruth Ann died of cancer. Now Evangeline has taken on the presidency of the group, and the Potluck Club has expanded to six women who share prayer, recipes, and social time, not necessarily in that order. Unfortunately, the stews this club creates don¿t always include meat and vegetables. What begins as a light-hearted jaunt through small-town U.S.A.¿s daily happenings turns serious as the six members of the Potluck Club each face real-life issues, including grief, marital problems, serious illness, and family troubles. One member¿s past confronts her, and she must decide what to do about a secret she¿s harbored for years. Another member is determined to take over leadership of the club, by force if necessary. And Evangeline has to figure out what to do when her childhood sweetheart wants another chance. Along the way, Clay Whitefield, the local journalist, and a man determined to expose the secrets of the Potluck Club, stirs the mix by giving his insights into each of the women¿s personalities. Authors Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson weave in a subtle spiritual thread as the Potluckers realize they have put God on the back burner of their cooking club. Through their friendships and the crises they face, each realizes what has interfered with her relationship with the Lord and overcomes her personal stumbling block to draw closer to Him. At first, I was tempted to dismiss this book as being too frivolous, because I¿m not a big fan of warm and fuzzy women¿s gatherings. Then I found the six women¿s first-person points of view, plus excerpts from Clay Whitefield¿s journal, confusing. However, after a few chapters, I realized each one started with the point of view character¿s name. Once I knew whose thoughts I was reading and whose perspective I was seeing, the conversational tone of the book pulled me right in, and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I stayed up way too late one night because I wanted to finish the book. At the end of the book, Shepherd and Everson provide a feast of fantastic recipes for everything from Chai tea to Cheese Enchiladas. They also give a sneak peek of their next book in the series, due out next year. And in a last entry at the back, journalist Clay Whitefield hints that the deepest secret of all has not yet been revealed. I look forward to another heaping helping of the Potluck Club¿s adventures in the summer of 2006!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    Excellent Repast

    The Potluck Club is a delightful book filled with real life sorrows and joys, down-to-earth wisdom, and some really scrumptious recipes. It kept me guessing about the outcome, so of course I had to keep turning pages. Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson do not disappoint the reader with this excellent story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    Delicious!

    Everyone has a story. And the six women of postcard perfect Summit View certainly share theirs in The Potluck Club. Funny, honest and heartwarming, this club takes on every prayable need thrown at them, even if it isn¿t the most selfless way to go about it¿from marriages (or lack there of), to visions of grandeur, to long held secrets, to life and death¿they cover every delectable course. The first-person point of view per chapter allows the reader to get to know each member of the club and genuinely care, often to the point of wanting to laugh, cry, and hold one and all in a sisterly embrace. Women (and even men, but don¿t tell) of all ages will relate to these gals. Not all books order a sequel, but The Potluck Club is ready for its second helping. Highly recommended, The Potluck Club makes a wonderful read on its own but, like any great smorgasbord, when shared with friends, the joy is multiplied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2005

    Bring a dish to pass...

    You'll be staying for dessert. The six women of the Potluck Club have faults and favor in equal doses. Gossip is dished out more than prayer until life serves each of them a spoonful of trouble. Everson and Shepherd have created a group of women you'll want to continue getting to know. I look forward to 'seeing' these friends again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Bob Appetit!

    Six women¿six lives with problems and secrets. When the women of the Potluck Club meet monthly in Summit View, Colorado they¿re tested by more than just what to prepare for the meeting. As their friendships develop, they¿re tested to accept, with Grace, the things about each other that are hard to swallow. The authors have cooked up a wonderful casserole of characters sure to please even readers with the most discriminating taste. Each chapter is written from the point of view of a different member of the club. Sure to be a delight with a strong Spiritual thread baked in. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Delightfully Delectable!

    Delicious characters build a wonderfully entertaining, ¿grab you and pull you in¿ story from minute one in THE POTLUCK CLUB. I was captivated by the mysteries and milestones, victories and frustrations, lives and friendships and all their magnificent complexities¿all folded together in some interesting and beautifully quirky characters (I immediately fell in love with them). The Potluck Club was a delight to read! I can¿t wait for the next course!

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