The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club Book #1): A Novel

The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club Book #1): A Novel

by Linda Evans Shepherd, Eva Marie Everson

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441201201
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Series: Potluck Club , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 284,713
File size: 4 MB

About 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 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
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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Potluck Club 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
KasiLou More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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'll want to keep reading this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story...wasn't what I expected at all, but so glad I read it! Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BARBARA SIMPSON More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't really hold my interest. Ended up quitting after the second chapter. Not offensive in any way, just not interesting to me either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
Nice story - very glad to see the transformation in the characters!
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsMeet the six women of the Mt. Summit, Colorado Potluck club. They meet to share food and prayer requests, and although their meetings may occasionally turn into gossip fests, by the end of this tale the reader will see how God has worked in each of their lives. Evie is the founding member of the group, who is in for a shock when her neice arrived with a big surprise. Lisa LeAnn is new to town, she hopes to worm her way into the leading spot of the potluck club with her cinnamon rolls and Texas charm. Goldie has always known her husband was running around on her, but will his latest affair push her over the edge? Lizzie has seen a lot working at the high school library, now she is called upon to help a good friend who is battling cancer. Donna doesn't seem to trust anyone after her mother left when she was a little girl. And Vonnie is forced to confront a secret from her past--along with a bear who wanders into her backyard during a Potluck Club meeting.Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.Each section is told from one of the six woman's point of view, with little snippets from "Clay Whitefield, ace reporter" in between. At first it is a little hard to connect but the real life situations and interpersonal foibles draw the reader in. The sense of womanly camraderie is portrayed warmly as these women bake, eat, cry, and laugh together. They have a plethora of situations to deal with, from birth to death, too much to be explored deeply. However scenes of the characters working through problems with guidance from God and each other will offer encouragement to readers going through similar problems. And they can also try the very same dishes that the women in the book share with one another, since the recipes are included in the back of the book.How Good is it?A scrumptious read for the reader who enjoys a warm-hearted tale of woman with strong friendships, and who will relish the way they face life's challenges with the help of their faith and a casserole.
kaulsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I guess I now know what chicklit is. Good to know, I think I'd rather waste my time with Georgette Heyer...the chicklit of the 70s!The theme of this book is a sad imitation of Olive Kitteridge. But formulaic books are generally poor imitations.I give it 3 stars because it is the best "Christian" novel I have read to date, though it probably only deserves two.
lucymaesmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy read for a relaxing afternoon. Some good recipies, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The women's lives were varied enough to garner interest. These Christian women experienced trials, tragedy, and joy. There were outsiders who could not enter this elite prayer group, but it is through their voice that the story unfolds. Christian novels can be novel,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean, cute story about people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written like a constant talker would tell a story. Interesting and entertaining. Good when you just want to relax and get out of this world. Good Christian encouragement, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put it down. Lots of twists and turns involving real life circumstances. There is something for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read. Definitely Christian, without being "preachy". The characters often share their prayers and Bible reading without being overly pious. Quite the opposite, in fact - the characters are very human, each with their own problems and issues. The characters grow and change through the story, at least the Potluck Club members do. Most issues are resolved by the end, perhaps a little too neatly and easily. We never do find out (in this volume, anyway) the motivation behind the newspaper reporter keeping notes on all these ladies. With a name like "The Potluck Club" it's not surprising that each chapter somehow involves food, and a bonus at the end of the book is a collection of all the recipies mentioned, along with "notes" from the character who made it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a book for females. I found it boring and did not finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It makes me want to continue reading the series. Plus the recipies sound so yummy im gking to try some.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought I would enjoy this book, however, seems most ofthe time was spent gossiping, or ridiculing people. I wont buy the next one, this one ended so abruptly. So I imagine the story is continued in the next book. I dont like books that are like a series where you have to buy the next one to find the final ending. The author could have left the recipes out.