Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

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This book was gifted to me.

The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there’s Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn’t afraid to look trouble straight in the eye. 

This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of children and grandchildren, of bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.

Every single time I read this book it makes me wish that I had a book club of my own, the type of book club that brings friends in who quickly become like sisters. This book picks you up and drops you off right in the middle of Freesia Court Minniapolis, a nieghborhood where five women are drawn together by their love of reading.
It begins during a time when our Nation was going through monumental changes, starting in 1968 it takes you through each controversal issue that comes up in the world and takes you through 30 years of book club meeting's and the five women's lives, until 1998.
This book touches topics on just about every controversal issue I can think of, but it makes you feel as if you are right there holding the hands of each of the women as they face it and over come it all. You are there as they give birth to their children and you watch as their live evolves and their children fly the nest so to speak. It really hits home that just because a person has a smile on their face doesn't mean that every thing is rainbow's and unicorns in their world. 
I like how the book, included the title of the book they chose to read for their meeting, why it was chosen and who chose it, aswell as the date. It felt as if for one brief moment in time I was participating in their book club as well.
"Dropping tears on the ground like bread crumbs, only I knew they wouldn't lead me safely back home; they'd just dry up in the dirt."
4 1/2 MOONS.


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