The Reading Group By Elizabeth Noble.
A group of friends, a few bottles of wine and a good book.
What could be better? The women who form the Reading Group are as varied as the books they choose to read.
Designer clad Nicole has the perfect domestic set-up - apart from a serially unfaithful husband. Her best friend Harriet's husband is perfect; but Harriet just doesn't love him any more.
Clare is desperate for a baby - and is wrecking her marriage in the process, while Cressida is terrified she's pregnant.
Susan is watching her mother's sad, slow decline, comforted by her family; Polly wants to marry again, but will Jack cope with hers?
Can they find the answers in the pages of a good book?
First Sentence: Clare watched as the young woman passed her in the corridor.
What a warm, touching and humorous book THE READING GROUP turned out to be. Well written, it is full of believable, memorable characters who you will love and loathe.
The five main characters are a varied group of women (Polly, Susan Clare, Harriet and Nicole) who get together one Wednesday evening every month to discuss a book as well as their lives. As a reader, I felt like I was the sixth member of the group - sharing in their loves, losses, trials and tribulations.
Interestingly written, each section of the book starts with the women discussing the book they have just read which always, no matter how loosely, somehow or other ties in with an event that has taken place over the previous month. A thoroughly enjoyable read, I would recommend this book to all and wouldn't be too surprised if people found themselves longing to be a member of a reading group.
MY RATING: 5 out of a possible 5.
So, just what were the books read by The Reading Group.
January - Heartburn By Nora Ephron (1983).
February - I Capture The Castle By Dodie Smith ( 1949).
March - Atonement By Ian McEwan (2001).
April - The Woman Who Walked Into Doors By Roddy Doyle (1996).
May - Guppies For Tea By Marika Cobbold (1993).
June - My Antonia By Willa Cather (1918).
July - The Memory Box By Margaret Forster (1999).
August - Eden Close By Anita Shreve (1989).
September - An Instance Of The Fingerpost By Iain Pears (1997).
October - Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier (1938).
November - The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho (1988).
December - Girl With A Pearl Earring By Tracy Chavalier (1999).