The Confession Club

The Confession Club

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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In the next captivating novel from Elizabeth Berg, author of 'The Story of Arthur Truluv', a group of women in Mason, Missouri discover that best friends are made by sharing secrets. Book Club.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984855176
Branch Call Number: FIC BER
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 17, 2020

I enjoyed 'The Confession Club'.

I liked the quirky characters. However, I don't think we were given enough opportunity to know the characters. There are amusing moments and poignant thoughts, but the characters feel more like long time neighbors who wave hello and chat with me occasionally rather than friends.

The stories of all these characters were disjointed and there was nothing to grab onto to actually know them. It's such a departure from Elizabeth Berg's normally in depth characters. John, the one character we get to know best, we don't really know until nearly the end of the book.

I still enjoyed it, but, as a reviewer elsewhere said, "This book was a quick and pleasant read with no surprises and nothing startling or beautiful about it. "

Sadly, I probably will not remember anything about 'The Confession Club' when, if, Mason #4 debuts.

3 Stars

Sep 10, 2020

This is my favorite of the 3 books in this series by one of my favorite authors. Endearing and colorful characters, charming small town life, precocious children and troubling modern day problems made this a compelling read that kept me up all night! I hope there’ll be another sequel!

Jul 21, 2020

A fun quick read for the summer.

ontherideau Apr 15, 2020

Perfect book for the spring of 2020, a romance with life.

Feb 21, 2020

This book was fabulous! Within these pages is a message of acceptance; acceptance of self, acceptance of other, and acceptance and understanding of our flawed natures. I highly recommend that you read this series; however, you'll get the most from this book if you start with the 1st book in the series, "The Story of Arthur Truluv".

Feb 03, 2020

It took me a long time to get into the book, and it felt as stifling as life in the rural Midwest.

Jan 14, 2020

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg is the third instalment in the Arthur Truluv series. Reading the two previous novels would be helpful in becoming familiar with the characters. Speaking of characters, there are so many of them that the reader can be easily confused. Although I have been an avid reader of Elizabeth Berg novels, I feel that the last few seem overly charming and cute. A group of women in Mason, Missouri belong to a club where, each month, one of the members confesses to the other members some kind of secret or indiscretion or shameful tidbit. Hence the title of the book. Two new members, Iris and Mandy, join the group and are soon divulging their secrets. This idyllic small town is represented as having only kind, helpful, sympathetic and friendly inhabitants which, in the real world, we know is not always so. If you are looking for a quick and light read, this is the book for you.

debwalker Nov 19, 2019

When one member of your supper club reveals a very personal secret......

Nov 07, 2019

At the foundation this third Mason book is a club where women eat a satisfying home-cooked meal together (with a yummy dessert) and then one member confesses per week. The intimacy a group gains by investing in those two activities is well depicted in the narrative. Reading this series is almost as good as actually visiting a small town in the Bible belt. As the timeline advances we lose some dear characters like Arthur in Book 1 and Lucille in Book 2, but that gives others the opportunity to grow and engage our affections. Getting to spend more time with Iris, Maddy, and Nola was delightful. The addition of a homeless vet into this book was an opportunity to explore the continued fallout from Vietnam. I will look forward to a fourth book and hope we get a character like Arthur or Lucille to shine in the next one.

JCLHeatherC Sep 14, 2019

Sweet story with characters I'd be friends with. The camaraderie these women share is truly special. This third book in a series stands up on its own as well.

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