The Reading Room- In A Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo

Posted May 16, 2021 by stuckint in The Reading Room / 0 Comments

Hello everyone and welcome back to The Reading Room where I talk about the upcoming/recent releases I’ve read recently and am excited to talk about.

Hello everyone and welcome to third and final post in my three post series featuring Tif Marcelo and her recent release: In A Book Club Far Away. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Q&A with Tif and themed recommendations inspired by the book.

*I received a free copy of You Love Me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect that of the publisher or author.

About the Book

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo
Published by Gallery Books on April 6, 2021
Pages: 385

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 used to 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 Away honors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds.

About the Author

Tif Marcelo is a veteran army nurse and holds a BS in ursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She is also the author of Once Upon a SunsetThe Key to Happily Ever After, and the Journey to the Heart series.

My Thoughts

This latest contemporary novel from Tif Marcelo, features three friends: Regina, Sophie and Adelaide who find their way back to each other after a pretty bitter falling out between Regina and Sophie, when Adelaide devises a way to bring them back together.

in A Book Club Far Away features three main characters who met years ago in a military spouse book club. One timeline of the story follows their meeting and the development of their friendship while their spouses are deployed. Present day, Adelaide sends out an SOS as she prepared to go into surgery and needs someone to look after her two year old daughter.

The book alternate between the two timelines as well as the three different POVs and I have to admit that I enjoyed them all. There wasn’t one character or timeline I preferred over the other. The author did an amazing job of fleshing out each of the characters and endearing them to the reader. The stakes always felt high enough to keep me reading

Unsurprisingly another super fun aspect of the book was the book club that the three friends met through. The chosen books, heated discussions and adjacently related activities were super interesting. It seriously made me want to start my own book club.

As someone who military members within my family I found Tif’s dive into military Life, in this case as a spouse, particularly interesting. As a veteran herself, Tif shed light on those we don’t see often in literature- the spouse left behind. Tif did not shy away from the hardships of deployment and staying connect with one’s spouse while they’re away.

In A Book Club Far Away reminded me why I love reading contemporary fiction and that I should do it more often. Overall, I gave this one 5? and would recommend it to anyone who loves books about friendship, book clubs, and military life.

What About You?

Have you read In A Book Club Far Away? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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