by Tif Marcelo

From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden usedto be best friends. As Army wives at Fort East, they bonded during their book club and soon became inseparable. But when an unimaginable betrayal happened amongst the group, the friendship abruptly ended, and they haven’t spoken since.

That’s why, eight years later, Regina and Sophie are shocked when they get a call for help from Adelaide. Adelaide’s husband is stationed abroad, and without any friends or family near her new home of Alexandria, Virginia, she has no one to help take care of her young daughter when she has to undergo emergency surgery. For the sake of an innocent child, Regina and Sophie reluctantly put their differences aside to help an old friend.

As the three women reunite, they must overcome past hurts and see if there’s any future for their friendship. Featuring Tif Marcelo’s signature “enchanting prose” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and the books that brought them together in the first place, In a Book Club Far Awayhonors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds. (Summary via Goodreads)

In A Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo is a story about relationships and friendships and the ups and downs of both and the power that they have in peoples lives.

In A Book Club Far Away the story centers around three women, Regina, Adelaide and Sophie. They are all part of the military world as Army wives, with Regina actually having been in the Army as well. The woman begin their friendship during book club that Adelaide started and continue it for years until a situation gets out of hand and the friendship dies between Sophie and Regina. Both women, however, remains friends with Adelaide and it is when Adelaide sends both of them an SOS text that changes everything. Eight years have gone by since they were all together but can they be there for Adelaide in her time of need and put their differences aside for her and her daughter, their goddaughter….

In A Book Club Far Away readers will get pulled into the story immediately and will love how Marcelo devotes chapters to each person and takes the story from the current time and then will send the reader back to the beginning of the friendships and the turmoil that changed their relationships. Readers will get to know each person intimately and see their lives and how they have changed and grown.

While reading In A Book Club Far Away readers are shown all aspects of their lives and the sacrifices the wives had to make to allow their husbands to do what they need to do for their country in the military. Readers will see how the military life brings the women together as they stay strong while their husbands are away. Readers will thoroughly enjoy the friendships that have developed and hope that Regina and Sophie can work together and be there for Adelaide. In this story readers cannot help but look at the friendships and relationships in their lives and hope that they have a strong bond with their friends as Adelaide has in hers.

I highly recommend getting lost in this book. There is so much to enjoy throughout the story and it definitely keeps your attention all the way until the end and you will be smiling and crying and laughing throughout it.

Review by Missi M.

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