Four of us were able to get to book club Wednesday night with the spring snowstorm that hit. Here we were, all having the same thing at Mike's - chicken Philly sandwich with a side and chatting about the latest book we read for April, "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty. Moriarty is an Australian author, who is known for her other best-selling novels, "What Alice Forgot," "Three Wishes" and "The Hypnotist's Love Story."
And since the book just came out and is so popular, acquiring a copy from the library was kind of out of the question. Fortunately, it wasn't that expensive for the Kindle, just $5.99 (a whole lot better than $9.99 or $12.99, that's for sure). I also picked up the ebook version of May's selection, "Divergent," for just $4.99.
Here's the book's description:
My Darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died...
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all -she's an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other - but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.
Cecelia is the mother of three daughters, a top Tupperware saleswoman and just one of those positive women who volunteers for everything. Tess is part owner of an advertising agency she has with her husband Will and her cousin, Felicity. Tess grew up with Felicity, who was once heavyset. Now Felicity has lost some of the weight, and Will tells Tess that he and Felicity have fallen in love. So what does she do? Packs up and takes their son Liam to live with her mother for a while. Rachel is an older woman who works at the school Tess once attended.
Rachel's teen daughter was found dead in a park 28 years ago, and she still mourns the loss. Rachel had suspected a young man who was supposedly dating her daughter, Janie, but the case just went cold.
One of the questions we book club members asked ourselves is "would you have read the letter?" We pretty much figured we would. Heck, curiosity would get the better of me. And we all finished the book in time for our meeting. That doesn't always happen. I luckily found some time to read on Saturday night while sitting through the second concert of the West Central Connection's spring shows. Then I plowed through to the end just before leaving for work Sunday morning. I was bound and determined to finish the book. Let's just say it's been a while since I've started and completed a book. The last one was "The Witness Wore Red" by Rebecca Musser, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I just haven't been motivated to read much lately. Or I'll just start a book and basically abandon it. I've gotta get back into the reading habit. Or take a reading vacation.
So now onto "Divergent." I'm not really into dystopian books, but I'll give it a go. I even got "The Hunger Games" trilogy on my Kindle back in fall 2011. But I haven't read them yet. I better get going on that. Too many books!
One of the book club members sent around the updated list of the books the club has read since its inception in 2004. It's fun to go back and recall which books I finished, liked, didn't like or just wanted to plain throw against a wall (I'm looking at you "A Million Little Pieces"). Some of these books I have bought well after we read them thinking I'll one day want to reread them. Hopefully that will happen...someday...someday.