[Ebook] ↠ The Confession Club Author Elizabeth Berg – Playutopia.us

The Confession ClubIn This Uplifting Novel From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Story Of Arthur Truluv, Good Friends Discover That The Things We Fear Revealing To Others Can Be The Very Things That Bring Us Closer Together When A Group Of Friends In Mason, Missouri, Decide To Start A Monthly Supper Club, They Get 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 The Confession Club Is Charming, Heartwarming, And Inspiring And As In The Previous Books That Take Place In Mason, Readers Will Find Friendship, Community, And Kindness On Full Display

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  1. says:

    THREE, it s good but not dramatic, heartbreaking, tear jerker, ugly crier or so memorable kind of story, I was expecting something moving, shaking, captivating but I think this is too sweet, soft and fast reading for me STARS I think I m having a bad day as a grader Lately I read five starred books so my likeness level reached to the top With the fascinating and mind bending releases of this month, my expectation level and satisfaction levels pushed up and hit the ceiling As soon as I saw the name Elizabeth Berg, the author of The Story of Arthur Truluv , I clicked the request button and next day I miraculously saw the book on my shelf, felt like NetGalley genies left their bottles to make my wish come true I literally danced as a celebration I have never been delightful so long from since I had seen my husband s pale face when I d ordered two hundred books online after having so much Chardonnay But my dreams turned into sleepless, boring nights with frustration and disappointment after reading several pages Concept is a book club s gatherings turns into a confession club No they didn t bring a priest and a booth on their meetings They just share a meal and desert and then voila A SECRET I had several books lately with the same concept On Never have I ever they were also sharing their dirty little secrets after several heavy drinks later which ended with the tragedy And on Rumor They also gossiped about a serial killer s moving of their town at their book club meeting As a thriller concept, this plot worked always better for me but as an emotional, women fiction, I had hard time to connect with the characters and their compelling stories Only Iris story a little got my attention but it wasn t so effective at least it was not effective enough to rip a piece of my heart like some emotional books had already did before I think the writing style didn t work for me, too This reminded me of a book consisted of short, moving, remarkable life stories but I couldn t focus on any of these characters And sharing your big secret voluntarily without thinking a second after a desert instead of blurting out after too much Dirty Martini didn t work for me, too But that s my opinion because in my personal life, I m always good listener but not a good secret whisperer of course this changes If I d had gallons of Cabernet It s a smooth, fast, lack of edginess and angst book Something darker and heart wrenching is always my better fit but it doesn t mean it s a bad book I was just expecting better one when I compare it with the author s previous works So I danced and hurt my feet for nothing Shame Thanks to NetGalley, Random House to share ARC COPY with me in exchange of my honest rev


  2. says:

    3.5 starsThis was a quick read and one that I knew would be sweet and uplifting, given the first two books in the series I was not disappointed on my return visit to Mason, Missouri, and with some characters that I connected with in the first two books I d go back if Berg writes another My favorite is still the first book The Story of Arthur Truluv and I liked this one than the second book Night of Miracles One of my favorite scenes is the flashback that Maddie whose character appears in all of the novels, has about Arthur I remember how how hard it was for Maddie until Arthur and Lucille took her in as a pregnant teen without a soul on her side The confessions of a group of friends at first seemed a little too frivolous and I admit to rolling my eyes in the first chapter, but then as Elizabeth Berg does, she brings to the forefront, the very real and tough things that people face Loneliness, infidelity, burdens that people carried, homelessness, ptsd, a traumatic childhood, coming to terms with who you are after divorce, facing ones age and mortality A group therapy of sorts, filled with humor at times, friendship and care and definitely trust I can t say that a confession club is one I d be interested in personally, but the friendship and trust and caring was so heartening to see I find that these stories of small towns are usually rich in characters that I cant help but love, even the quirky ones, reflecting so much that we can relate to I expected that it would be predictable and uplifting as the the first books were but I think sometimes that I read too many sobering and serious books, so for me it was a welcome respite All in all, it was a good story, good for the soul I read this with Diane and Esil and we were on the same page literally as well as in our thoughts I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley.


  3. says:

    Supper Club becomes Confession Club in this book where various women from Mason, Missouri come together to share their secrets, insecurities, and intimate desires What is said in Confession club stays in Confession Club The group invites Iris Winters and Maddy Harris from the previous books in the series to join them, and the club is just what these women needed.Maddy has returned to Mason to escape a problem that she is not ready to handle Iris is conflicted about her relationship with the new man in her life Could the confession club be what they need to help them through and provide them with the support.I have enjoyed Maddy since meeting her as a pregnant teenager in The Story of Arthur Truluv and enjoyed meeting Iris in Night of Miracles I enjoyed seeing of them in this book but wanted just a little oomph in their stories Plus, I missed the beautiful passages that were in the previous books Although this book was well written it didn t have the beautiful and moving passages I often highlighted in Night of Miracles.This book was part feel good, part humor, part companionship, part heartache, part friendship, part community and part family It had a little bit of everything and yet I felt something was lacking I still enjoyed it and would read another book in this series if there is another book.Besides reading about Maddy and Iris again, I enjoyed the new women introduced in this book Their confessions gave insight into their personalities and lives This book does deal with some heavy issues but in a light easy going manner It does not make light of those issues but addresses them in a lighter fashion This is a great book for that plane ride or lazy afternoon when you want a nice entertaining book This one doesn t require much thinking, just reading If you have read the other books in this series, this book is a nice addition but, in my opinion, not as eloquent as her previous book.Thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  4. says:

    Predictable, comfort food yes, but she tackled the many problems facing women today and used different age groups to do so Self doubt, assisted suicide, the aging body, the mistakes made in the past that continue to haunt, street people and the problems facing returning vets. Her books are easy going, quick reads, told in a light hearted manner One comes to really root for her characters, hard not to like them She also has small town living down to a T In many ways she could be describing the block I live on, we really do all help each other.I loved the character of Ollie, a first woman in her ninties, who though she is a Cardinals fan, wears a Cubs cap because she feels bad for them and their fans I do have to say that her prose and the circumstances are sometimes over the top, treacly and a bit much Still, they are enjoyable breaks, and a welcome relief after many of the difficult reads I ve undertaken lately.Read with my two book buddies, Angela and Esil whose insights are always valuable..ARC from Random house.


  5. says:

    This is a type of book I don t usually read but Elizabeth Berg s The Story of Arthur Truluv was pressed upon me by a lot of people like stones were pressed upon Giles Corey Just the name Truluv broke my cute meter But unlike poor Giles, I was left smiling I was pleasantly surprised I really liked it I gave it four stars and noted that while Berg s writing is so simple it reads like a primer, the characters are loveable and it s a quick and satisfying read This is 3 in the series she began with Truluv but it s not necessary to have read the other two, although if you re going to pick one, pick 1 This book is simple and sweet and there are fond reminders of Truluv and Lucille The women of the Confession Club are kind and well meaning Their confessions made me feel like I ve lived a life of unbridled hedonism since they re mea culping over stealing makeup or kissing a guy in high school who rode a motorcycle And they say things like I learned what you ve got to start with is you Okay, they re sheltered As long as I don t have to know who they vote for, that s fine.The book is like a marshmallow I never want to be so cynical I can t let go and enjoy a heartwarming book with earnest characters who put money in a swear jar I d have to use direct deposit , who really care about macaroni salad and donating to the library, and take classes such as When Chocolate Meets Peanut Butter It s a charming book The Confession Club will make a lot of women happy, give them the kind of escape they crave and make for some fun book club meetings where they recreate the cakes the ladies in the club serve Heartwarming, here, is good.


  6. says:

    As a member of two book clubs with only women, I see up close how we share and rely on each other And we re the same ages as the older members of The Confession Club Not young any, not old, but looking down at old like it s a pool she s going to have to dive into soon I m not sure I would be as brave or foolhardy as Iris, befriending John But I loved that storyline The writing is gorgeous and there are some wonderful ideas, like a psychic divorce The book reminds me in some ways of Olive Kitteridge We get a variety of characters, each dealing with their own issues They provide a support network for each other They re the kind of friends you want for yourself This book makes you think It s the right mix of humor and pathos There s no heavy drama, no tearjerker scenes It s just quietly thoughtful My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.


  7. says:

    In this installment of the Mason, Missouri series, a Supper Club turns into a Confession Club, where the women disclose the secret parts of their lives Intimacy grows when we learn that our friends aren t perfect and we all carry these things inside of us That s what life is, at its best A confession club people admitting to doubts and fears and failures That s what brings us closer to one another, our imperfections I love Elizabeth Berg because her writing often gives a voice to what s in my heart, but she says it much eloquently than I could Unfortunately, of the 3 books in this series, this was my least favorite I loved that the club had members of varying ages, including women of a certain age However, the confessions often fell into the silly stealing make up or the TMI sex lives category, and none of the characters are well developed enough for me to care There s also a side story with a homeless man that made my eyes roll.Although deep issues are raised they were given a light treatment It s sweet and heartwarming and perfect for when you want a predictable sweet read For me, it was just too much of both I m the wrong reader for this book It was ok, but unmemorable I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    The Confession Club is a fun and fast read, much like a beach read It s a heartwarming and comfortable story about friendship, love, honesty, and second chances While this is the third book in the Mason Series, it is a completely a stand alone story and Berg fills in any missing details that you need to know Just be warned that whether you read the first two books or not, you may find the beginning rather confusing like I did even though I read Books 1 The Story of Arthur Truluv and 2 Night of Miracles.It was not easy for me to become engaged with this book and the characters The first chapter introduced eight people, none of which were in the first two books, and I wasn t able to get a feel for any of them With chapter 2, the focus honed in on two main characters and I began to enjoy the story What wasn t clear to me while reading chapter 1 was that all of the eight new people were secondary or actually tertiary in importance.The book tells of a group of people that began as a supper club and has evolved into a confession club where women share their insecurities and regrets in a nonjudgmental setting Naturally, it was endlessly fascinating, what people confessed to There was a saying someone shared at an early meeting The truth is always interesting So, too, an honest confession And it wasn t necessarily the sin that was interesting it was the willingness to say, There Have a good look at my imperfections It made you feel better about your own. That s what life is, at its best A confession club people admitting to doubts and fears and failures That s what brings us closer to one another, our imperfections. But to say out loud our missteps or inadequacies to confess in an honest way and to be lovingly heard well, that s the kind of redemption we need on a regular basis The reader will find, throughout the book, insights from everyday people and truisms about everyday life, which makes The Confession Club very real, relatable and at times inspirational All around are broken people, doing the best they can And getting better. The only way to get out of that darkness is to go into it, Karen says That s how you can come out the other side You re going to have to hurt before you finally feel better For me, the story was not about the confession club but rather about Iris, who we met in Night of Miracles and her relationship with a homeless man named John, a vet with PTSD While Iris is well developed, I didn t feel like I got to know John that well but maybe that s in keeping with his character because he has PTSD and isn t forthcoming with details about his life For both of them, they get a second chance at love with each other When she abruptly revealed her feelings for John at Confession Club, and revealed as well a kind of shame at feeling this way about a homeless man, Joanie said, Did you ever hear that Elaine May quote The only safe thing is to take a chance While The Confession Club is entertaining, I found the first two books enjoyable and satisfying In fact, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a wonderful book that everyone needs to read What You haven t read it Well, get to it Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.


  9. says:

    There s a certain type of story or book that I classify as a Good Housekeeping tale This moniker comes from my childhood, when I would read stories from my mother s magazines such as Redbook and Good Housekeeping I haven t read either of those magazines in many years, so what I remember from way, WAY back then may not still hold true, but this is my memory Redbook stories were often edgy, with subjects and endings that didn t conform to a set pattern, and although certainly not what I would call risqu , the themes were definitely adult I loved them Good Housekeeping stories, on the other hand, were usually much predictable The stories were mostly wholesome, romantic, boy meets girl tales, with tied up in a neat little bow endings Entertaining enough, but a little boring and often sweet enough to set your teeth on edge Can you tell where I m going with this This was my first Elizabeth Berg novel, and it s going in the Good Housekeeping stack But don t get the wrong idea I really did like the book It was well written, it kept my interest, and I finished it quickly It was just slightly too sweet and neat for me.I didn t realize that this was number three in a series until after I had read it To the author s and the book s credit, it was a good stand alone story, with no need to know anything about the previous books to make this one readable The story is set in the small town of Mason, Missouri Several women from the town, ranging in ages from their 20 s to their 80 s meet once a month to have dinner and dessert and delight and disarm each other with secrets they want to confess These confessions include predictable situations such as marriage woes and other normal indiscretions A couple of admissions are a tad heavier and sometimes funnier But the Confession Club isn t really the focus of the book The lives of the group members, their loneliness, their family problems and their love stories, or lack thereof, are the main themes My favorite part of the novel revolved around a homeless man named John and his background I found his story to be touching and thought provoking Unfortunately, the author didn t delve deeply enough into John s particular situation there were teasers, but nothing substantial He was a veteran with PTSD, yet this was glossed over so lightly, when it could have been a strong, substantial storyline itself Ah, but that s not the Good Housekeeping way That would have made it hard to tie up everything in a neat package with a sparkly, sugary bow.I know I m being extremely critical of a good, decent book And I certainly don t want to spread any negative vibes about Good Housekeeping magazine it was, and still is, I m sure, a wonderful publication, with much to offer besides my memories of stories from 55 or so years ago I think this would be a good beach read, and I greatly appreciate Ms Berg s use of the English language She is a wonderful writer, even if her story was not my style I doubt that I ll read any of her other books, but I do recommend this one to those who don t want to dig too deeply into a story If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would It s certainly better than a 3 star, but I just can t push it up to a 4 Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.


  10. says:

    Such a warm and inviting atmosphere Elizabeth Berg has created in this book I loved the time I spent with the ladies of The Confession Club A group of friends started out having a monthly supper club, but later it became a weekly meeting where they shared their most embarrassing secrets The ladies are great friends and don t have to fear anyone in the group will tell their secrets outside of the group The story is set in the small community of Mason, Missouri and is filled with that small town sense of friendliness and charm A very heartwarming and enjoyable read.Thanks to Elizabeth Berg and Random House Publishing Group through Netgalley for an advance copy.

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