REVIEW: THE CONFESSION CLUB, BY ELIZABETH BERG

 

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings—talking, laughing, and sharing recipes, homemade food, and wine—abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes Confession Club, and the women gather weekly to share not only dinners but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets.

They invite Iris Winters and Maddy Harris to join, and their timing couldn’t be better. Iris is conflicted about her feelings for a charming but troubled man, and Maddy has come back home from New York to escape a problem too big to handle alone. The club offers exactly the kind of support they need to help them make some difficult decisions.

 

My Thoughts: The Confession Club, the third in the Mason series, is full of characters that feel so real that I can’t wait to see what each one will do. I liked that characters from previous books show up in this newest outing. Maddy has been featured in each book, and I’ve loved seeing how she has grown with time and her challenges. Iris is another favorite, brought forward from a previous book.

John is a new character, and I was eager to see what would develop with him.

In the supper club meetings, we learn more about each character, their personalities distinctive and on display.

The author grabbed me from the very beginning, so reading along and seeing what would happen next felt a lot like spending time with friends. Another delightful journey with the residents of Mason. 5 stars.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: NOSTALGIA…& DECEMBER EVENTS!

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My week sped by, and while I ended up finishing only one book, it was a totally absorbing one, which led me to movies, etc.  Have you ever read a book that takes you down other interesting pathways?  One of those pathways involved ordering more books from Amazon.

Then Netflix and Amazon Prime captured my attention, some of which involved movies and then Season III of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Netflix).

Then…an email from Sheila, at Book Journey, caught me up in the thrill of our First Book of the Year Event.  Check it out!

Let’s take a closer look at the week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monthly Wrap-Up

Review:  Carrie Fisher:  A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller

After reading the completely absorbing book about Carrie Fisher, I watched some of her documentaries…again.  And ordered two more of her books (one of which I had previously owned, but “lost” in the move).

Which brings us to INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my mailbox!

Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie Fisher

The actress-author of Postcards from the Edge explores maternity in her latest novel, featuring a very pregnant woman’s lively odyssey to rescue her Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather from a nursing home.

Postcards from the Edge, by Carrie Fisher (replacing the one I “lost”)

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So my week was all about nostalgia, it seems.  Now I’m reading another book in the Mason Series, Book III:

The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is another view of the dolls that came back to me this past week.  This next week, I will have some of my old Christmas decorations to share.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: READING, EATING, & ADDING DOLLS…

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I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a great week. I spent some time with out-of-town family today.

This week I have read and reviewed three books!  The most I’ve read lately.  They were all impossible to put down.

So…let’s take a peek back at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Poison Garden”

Hump Day Reading:  Current, Past, & Future…

Review:  The Family Upstairs, by Lisa JewellReview:  The Poison Garden, by A. J. BannerReview:  Touched by the Sun, by Carly Simon

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books came in my mailbox!

White Palace, by Glenn Savan

Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles Casillo

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CURRENTLY READING:

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I have no dessert treats to share this week, but I did add two little “friends” from my “former” Boyd’s Bears & Dolls collection…to add a little spice to my apartment…I persuaded my daughter to rescue them from the garage.  LOL.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: REGAINING MY ENERGY…

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Another week has passed, and each day brings more strength and energy.  Now I am back to reading, blogging, and binge-watching; I have only read and reviewed two books this week, but I’ve written four blog posts.

On Netflix, I found Unbelievable and The Crown, Season 3.  I watched a movie on Amazon Prime called Where’d You Go, Bernadette.  I remember reading the book in 2012.  I loved the movie, since Cate Blanchett starred as Bernadette.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, and will be celebrating twice next Saturday;  once with my son Brett and some of his kids, as well as my daughter and one granddaughter. On Saturday night, I’ll be joining my daughter’s in-laws for a feast.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Family Upstairs”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Book Hoarder’s Dream Day…

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Moving Forward…

Review:  The Family, by Louise JensenReview:  One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox.  I received one pre-ordered e-book:

The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg (Mason Book Three)

An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? Pumpkin pie was served this week, and I’m definitely in the mood.

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COFFEE CHAT: MOVING FORWARD…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

It has been two weeks since my surgery.  How great it feels to look back and assess my progress since that day.  What is even more impressive to me, however, is how, over the past six-and-a-half months, I have changed the way I eat, live, and relate to others.  Who could have guessed that I might actually begin to enjoy my life again?

  • I am especially relishing my little apartment and the changes I have brought to it, and even now, I keep adding more books and assorted trinkets.  Like this little tray, on the left, that arrived this evening…and a set of four wine glasses on the right.  One might think I am ready to entertain.  LOL.

  • Evening meals in the dining room now include a glass of wine.  I also have a bottle in my kitchen that I’m saving for an upcoming dinner, still in the planning stages.  Something small.  I have the dishes, the glasses, and because I am feeling almost my old self again, I’m ready.
  • I’ve been enjoying the Netflix show The Crown, this week, after breezing through another show called Unbelievable. Now I just need something else to binge-watch for the weekend.
  • This morning, a friend and I went to Mimi’s for coffee and croissants.

  • Tonight I plan to keep reading One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan.  Earlier in the week, I read and reviewed The Family, by Louise Jensen.
  • Today I received a DVD called Plenty; Meryl Streep starred in this little feature film that I’ve not yet seen.  I plan to watch it later tonight.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: REGAINING MY STRENGTH…

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My week brought me forward in my “new normal,” with daily steps toward recovery.  I only read and reviewed one book (again!), but I am halfway finished with the second one.  I’ve been distracted, of course, and some of that has been about shows I binge-watched on Netflix.  Unbelievable grabbed me immediately, and I’m still caught up in it.

Amazon packages continue to arrive, including some new books…more about them later.

Let’s lift a cup of Joe and talk more about my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Bookish Friday:  “Tell Me Everything”

Saturday Potpourri:  Moving Forward…

Review:  Takes One To Know One, by Susan Isaacs

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books came in my mailbox!

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark

A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller

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Still Reading:  The Family, by Louise Jensen

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That was my week.  I hope to read and blog more in the days ahead…but meanwhile, I’m loving the mix of TV shows and reading…and just enjoying how much stronger I feel each day.  I had a tiny bit of this treat last night (cherry pie!):

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THE SURGERY IS BEHIND ME…

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I am back home, and the surgery is behind me.  The four hour trip to and from was exhausting, especially afterwards, since I had a little setback on the second day…an electrolyte imbalance.  But we made it back, and I literally fell into bed.

Luckily, they were able to remove the gall bladder laparoscopically, and the abdominal pain is minimal.  However, I’m struggling a little with my legs, back pain, and having to use the walker again.  Hopefully for just a little while.

My reading was slight (one book!), and I only wrote one blog post.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Elevator Pitch”

Review:  If You Only Knew, by Kristan Higgins

INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!  Downloaded two e-books.

The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell

Tell Me Everything, by Amy Hatvany

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Currently Reading:  The Family, by Louise Jensen

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I hope the upcoming weeks bring many more lovely books and blogging.  Enjoy your week!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: SAVORING MY TIME…

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My week has been one of reading (two books), writing seven blog posts, and picking and choosing when to socialize.  Yes, I have relished some alone time, while still occasionally venturing into the dining room.  A nice mix for me.

I never imagined myself in a “group living” situation, so I fought against it, while still doing what was expected:  joining in.  But reluctantly.  Now I know that I can savor my time in the apartment with my books and blogging, while occasionally joining in activities that please me.  Like a few outings.  I still prefer my adventures with family and friends, and I have decided I can do both.

As I approach my surgery Thursday (at long last!), I am trying to stifle the anxieties, which are mostly about the fact that I have to go to the Bay Area to get it done. A long trip and horrific traffic—yes, I know it will be very busy there—but then, in July I had a “rehearsal” for the actual surgery.  Even though it was an unsuccessful one, I know a little more about what to expect.

So now I will take you back to details about my week…and please join me in a cup of Joe.

MY WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Favorite Things…for Curling up, Etc.

Curl up with Nonfiction…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “One Little Secret”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Hoarding/Buying and Binge-Watching…

Coffee Chat:  Hiding Away in My Apartment…

Hello to November!

Saturday Potpourri:  Capturing Moments & Starting Over…

Review:  Just After Midnight, by Catherine Ryan HydeReview:  Ladies Who Punch, by Ramin Setoodeh

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INCOMING BOOKS

In my mailbox, I received one book:  nonfiction!  I seem to have a growing stack of that genre.

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, by Gloria Steinem

A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself

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Currently Reading:  If You Only Knew, by Kristan Higgins

A funny, frank and bittersweet look at sisters, marriage and moving on, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Heron series…

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That was my week…what did yours look like? I have no delicious desserts to share from this week, but I still enjoy the memory of this apple pie from a few weeks ago.

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COFFEE CHAT: HIDING AWAY IN MY APARTMENT…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

My week, post-birthday, has been calm and quiet.  Mostly because I am fighting a cold and staying in my apartment.  I am really loving the time to myself, and I’ve decided that living among lots of people and spending two meals a day with them in the dining room might have messed with my immune system.  I used to get sick more when I worked with clients, mostly children, and then I retired and was alone in my apartment most of the time and didn’t get sick at all.  Hmm.

  • At any rate, I spent the week receiving books and other Amazon packages, and binge-watching movies.
  • I finished Season II of The Kominsky Method, which I loved; and Season 5 of The Affair.
  • I’ve read and reviewed two books so far:  Just After Midnight, by Catherine Ryan Hyde; and Ladies Who Punch, by Ramin Setoodeh. (Click titles for my reviews).
  • I just started reading If You Only Knew, by Kristan Higgins (Purchased in December 2017!).
  • As I acquire more hardcover books, I rearrange my bookshelf, which now has 25 books on it, arranged for expansion between two of the shelves.  These are books I’ve purchased and finished reading.

  • I’ve added some new clothes to my little cubby, and I’m finally feeling as if I have a few outfits from which to choose.  On the right side are the pants, and the ones you can see in the photo are the tops and tunics.  I like the mix of colors and patterns.

  • Since I’m only a week away from my surgery (finally!), I am trying to distract myself with new clothes and books…and hoping that all will go well and I’ll be able to enjoy everything afterwards.  Yes, gloomy thoughts.
  • Despite my vow to stay away from other residents until I’m completely well, I am running out of food in my apartment and may have to go to the dining room tomorrow.  Sigh.
  • I spent many years being a hermit, and now I’m realizing that I actually like it.  LOL.  But…I shouldn’t go back to my old ways.  I will plan on spending more alone time, though.
  • I pre-ordered this biography of Carrie Fisher, which will be released on November 12.

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That was my week…what did yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A GREAT BIRTHDAY WEEK…

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A birthday week can be such fun.  Amazon packages arriving almost daily; birthday cards showing up; and I am enjoying birthday lunches.  I’m feeling spoiled!

I’ve only read and reviewed two books but I have written seven blog posts.  I’m halfway finished with my third book.

Prime movies and new DVDs have kept me busy in the evenings.

In two more weeks, I go to Oakland for my surgery.  The anxiety is descending, and I’m trying not to think about it.  I’ve realized that the anticipation of an event is often the worst part, so I must remind myself that I can do this!

Let’s take a closer look at my week…and if you like, grab a cup of virtual coffee.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Sparks:  Family Connections in the Past…

Sunday Photos Spark Memories…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “If You Only Knew”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Another Day of Book Buying…

Curling up on a Hump Day…

Coffee Chat:  Birthday Bounty, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Poison Garden”

Review:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Michael RobothamReview:  Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson

INCOMING BOOKS:

Four books came in my mailbox!  Then I downloaded one e-book.

The Book of Gutsy Women, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

The Family, by Louise Jensen

All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio

Touched by the Sun, by Carly Simon

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Downloaded:

The Poison Garden, by A. J. Banner

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Currently Reading:  Just After Midnight, by Catherine Ryan Hyde; a book that has been on my Kindle since December 2018.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had some cake and ice cream after one of my dinners this week.

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