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: 6,267
  • 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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  • 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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    About 300 pages

    This was an ultra Christian fiction book. Anything to do with Christianity, was in this book in triplicate and then some. It is about a women's prayer group named the Potluck Club. There sre unusual topics in this book, such as adultry, unwed pregnancy, jealousy, envy, marrige problems and people who refuse to forgive. This book has some serious formatting problems, which was very annoying. A lot of words did not e-format correctly, and had shepard inserted into the middle. Rather ironic, in a Christian book. There is humor in this story, it is well written, the characters are great, the flow is wonderful and the animals are realistic. It is also one crisis after another and has many sad parts. The ending was extremely abrupt. It was bittersweet. This is a stand alone book. It was very much like STEAL MAGNOLIAS! only set near Denver, Colorado, instead of the south. The last 25 or so pages are recipes and author comments. I enjoyed this book, but be warned, as I stated earlier it is extreme Christian fiction. For ages 16 and up. Chick lit more then anything else.

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Excellent

    The characters are flawed humans who show the worst and best of our human nature and the need we all have for grace. Anyone looking for perfect christian characters move on-no such thing in here or in life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

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    Really enjoyed this story...wasn't what I expected at all, but s

    Really enjoyed this story...wasn't what I expected at all, but so glad I read it! Recommend!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    2 out of 5 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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2015

    A must read for every woman.

    Loved this book from start to finish!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

    A good read

    This book was a good read plus recipes. This was kinda like The Help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    Enjoyable

    Nice story about friendships and how every is not perfect in life, and most of all it comes from a Godly perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2015

    Se.x slave( to all guys)

    Go to divergent res one and title your heading se.x slave...details will be there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2015

    Lucy

    How do you get a submirenes filled with blondes sink?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2015

    Good story

    I enjoyed this book. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

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