The Secret Life of Book Club

The Secret Life of Book Club

by Heather Woodhaven


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Book Club Just Got Real.

Jeanine Phelps is tired of reading about other women who grab life and have epiphanies. She challenges her book club to live like the heroines in the books they love.

At first, seizing the day is pure fun until it generates an upset in each of their lives:
Jeanine's husband is so inspired by her new vitality it triggers a bizarre mid-life crisis involving tacos.
Paula, the model PTA soccer mom, starts fighting with her man about the family printing business until she's drawn back to her secret passion.
Kate, a single mom and teacher, can't figure out if the rekindled friendship with the new museum creator is worth the romantic risk.
Anne, a mother of four babies, works to hold the book club together while trying to figure out her own identity.

When everyone wants to quit the challenge, the media's spotlight makes it impossible. Can they rely on each other while keeping their priorities? And more importantly, is their sanity worth the chance to each become a heroine in her own life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989074155
Publisher: Blue Azalea Press
Publication date: 01/31/2015
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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The Secret Life of Book Club 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY-LINE THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOK CLUB BY HEATHER WOODHAVEN: In The Secret Life of Book Club, four neighbors formed a book club two years ago. Living life day-to-day, same old, same old, Jeanine decides to mix things up. Suggesting each week, rather than read about adventure, they should participate in an adventure. Something each woman had wanted and never done. So, Anne, Paula, Jeanine, and Kate set out on an adventure of renewal, discovery, and perhaps, deep lasting friendship. But things will become complicated before long as family dynamics and relationships come into play. My inspirational romance book reviews of The Secret Life Of Book Club follows. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: Heather Woodhaven created an intensely introspective story in The Secret Life Of Book Club. Each woman's family, dreams, past, and problems, high-lighted skillfully by Woodhaven, made a book I could not put down. The four find, although neighbors and members of the same neighborhood book club, they did not really know each other. Whether single mothers, harassed mothers, divorced, or just plain taken for granted, each woman will find encouragement, renewal, and companionship. They find the rut they're stick in, is no more; they learn to live life rather than exist day-to-day in the endless round of domesticity. At times funny, I laughed out loud; then other times in tears, as Woodhaven skillfully developed the story-line. Heather Woodhaven aptly penned the rut we can all get into as we journey through marriage and friendship; life can become dull, boring, and the same day after day as we battle through. Woodhaven skillfully shows there is much more to life and we should live life to the fullest each day. Live to the fullest, these ladies do, as they try things I never would have thought about. But at home family dynamics came in to play; drama, male mid-life crisis, taco trucks, police chases, decisions made that can not be unmade, and so much more. Woodhaven skillfully matured and renewed the characters through it all as she packed this story with emotion; revealing secrets, ambitions, and forming lasting bonds. With well-rounded believable characters, plotting which will hold you spell-bound, and pacing perfect for the length of the book, I found The Secret Life Of Book Club a wonderful read. Woodhaven's scenes transitioned smoothly from scene to scene; each chapter's dedicate to one of the ladies. I found myself involved in their lives, felt their emotional highs and lows, and found myself rooting for each one of these ladies. What a story! Go ahead and get the box of Kleenex ready, as you will need them. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. This is a clean read suitable for anyone. THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4.5 My featured book of the month's usually only one outstanding book, however, the Secret Life Of Book Club's highly deserving and will be in my featured book of the month for September. You will find two book under the month of September, 2017. Please click tab at top of page for featured book of the month selections. FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I borrowed this book from---------and received this book from the author. I chose to voluntarily review the book with honest contemporary inspirational romance book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.
MadelineEM More than 1 year ago
The Secret Life of Book Club by Heather Woodhaven is the perfect book for any Mom who feels like she is in a rut and wonders what would happen if she could get herself pushed out (way out) of that rut. In this novel, a group of women morphs their book club into an A - Z challenge. They pick something new to try for each letter of the alphabet and hilarity ensues. There were portions of this book that hit, well, a little too close to home. When you are a Mom and your life is so intertwined with that of your children that you begin to lose sight of who you are, it can be terrifying. Now, I handle this differently than the characters in this book do, but that doesn't make either choice a wrong one. In addition to hitting close to home, The Secret Life of Book Club had a few portions that had me laughing out loud. Now how often does that happen while reading? At other times, the characters seemed a little over-dramatic, but that is coming from a pragmatist, so take it with a grain of salt! If your life seems like a chain of "work, kids, not enough sleep, work, kids, not enough sleep, work, kids, not enough sleep," with no end in sight, you will really get a kick out of how far these women go to get a jump start and feel truly alive again. The characters seem like people you could really know in your own life, but with just enough extra to make them jump off the page. Pick up a copy! {Find this review, and more, on my blog, Plan to Happy ( I was sent a complimentary Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.}
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) I belong to a book club and we're all so different. It was fun to read about these four women and what makes them unique. What really hit me is that each and every person has challenges and we all need that out to help us cope with them. The story follows Jeanine, a dental assistant who struggles with her husbands mid-life crisis. Her life is in a rut and they're just in survival mode, but breaking out of that mold disrupts her organized life and throws her for a loop. We meet Paula, a woman with a big secret. She just wants to feel appreciated and secure. Kate is a teacher and single mom of two, who just can't get over her college crush. And Anne, a mom to four kids under four. She seems to be the most secure in her marriage and strives to find peace with things that happen in her life. I tried to find a character to identify with and it was tough because they each have a little piece of me. I really liked this idea. Instead of just reading and living life vicariously through fictional characters, these women decide to take a challenge to help them experience new things. They each take turns choosing something that goes with each letter of the alphabet--for example, "G" for glow-in-the-dark golf, which was my favorite because I laughed so hard what happened. This challenge really stretched them and forced them to re-evaluate their lives and to rediscover themselves. I laughed, I cried, and felt everything in between. Not only is the story entertaining, but I found myself thinking about my life and the changes I can make to make life better. It really is easy to get stuck in doing the same old thing day in and day out, year after year. I really enjoyed it all! Content: mild language; mild religious elements (a verse of scripture helps a character and it mentions them attending church); mild romance; no violence. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
This is a book about life. Yes, I generally avoid those books too. :) I figure I read to escape my life not embrace it! Yet, when I started reading this book I knew right away I was holding something special. These are not characters you can ignore on the pages of a book, because they are people you know. Your best friend, your sister, your neighbor, or the PTO mom that you prefer to avoid when you see her at the grocery store. When you read this book, you will relate to the stories and the struggles will become real, because they are things you deal with in everyday life. The difference is Heather’s amazing sense of humor. I love love love her humor. I’ll be honest not everyone can write humor. I can’t. It takes a real talent to make the flu funny or working in a food truck, wait.. that last one could be funny. Just wait and see…. The one and ONLY downside to this book was the sheer number of characters. It took me a few chapters before I could keep them all straight in my head, but I’m so glad I stayed with it. I loved each of these women and when I finished reading the book I felt like I was leaving behind a friend. I hope Heather has plans to write a follow-up, because I think readers are going to demand it.