Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Independence Club

The Independence Club by Rachel Ann Nunes is my first read by this author, but not her first book. She's been in this business for years. I don't know the current count on novels she's written, but its many.

This book tells the story of 5 women finding and losing love as they deal with past burdens, mistakes, children, and getting over their hangups. Sometimes they get in their own way. Sometimes it takes a shake up of their world to see clearly who they are and what/who they want. What keeps them moving forward is their faith and friendship. They strive to be humble, capable, strong women. Thus the title The Independence Club.

Each chapter is told from a different woman's perspective and starts with a journal entry. So you can learn each one's voice and be in her head/feel her emotions. Occasionally jumping through five heads confused me, but that is a reader hangup, not a writer mistake. The back matter on the author needs updating, but that's up to the publisher. Love the cover.

It is a wonderfully told tale of their intertwined friendships. A clean read with a few chaste kisses.

When five single women become friends, the Independence Club is born, complete with weekly brunch where they talk about life and brainstorm ideas for success. The women's lives are bound together as they see each other through tears, romance, and happiness, all the while learning the true meaning of friendship. You'll meet Maxine Madison, an outspoken, 62-year-old widow; Tina Dayley, age 39, who doubts she will ever find real love; Evie McClaine, 45, who wanted only to be a wife and mother, but after 21 years, her dream was shattered by divorce; Rosalva Nolasco, a beautiful, 42-year-old single mother of two teens; and Bernice Stubbs, who has always been a little self-righteous--and vocal with her opinions.

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