The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax
Paperback, 384 pages
Publication: May 18th 2021 by Berkley Books
Breakups, like book clubs, come in many shapes and sizes and can take us on unexpected journeys as four women discover in this funny and heartwarming exploration of friendship from the USA Today bestselling author of Ten Beach Road and My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding.
On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have little in common - they're very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in an historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out like they expected.
Former tennis star Jazmine is a top sports agent balancing a career and single motherhood. Judith is an empty nester questioning her marriage and the supporting role she chose. Erin's high school sweetheart and fianc� develops a bad case of cold feet, and Sara's husband takes a job out of town saddling Sara with a difficult mother-in-law who believes her son could have done better - not exactly the roommate most women dream of.
With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.
My Thoughts…A book club that gets together and talks about books, life, and anything else they can. As the book club continues to get together it becomes more of a group of friends. They share their lives, their dreams of the future, and their histories. I loved seeing how close they all worked to get and how their lives intertwined as each one had their own struggles and successes.
The friendships Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have are unique in that if not for the book club they may not have met. Yet, they come together, have each other’s backs as needed, and support each other through all the ups and downs of life. The other members of the book club have smaller roles in their lives but they also are great friends.
I really enjoyed this beach read that was not quite a fluffy book. There was family drama, work issues, and life problems but through it all friendship won out.
I always read the prologue and/or messages from the author and the message Wendy Wax wrote had me tearing up. I struggled to read during Covid, I cannot imagine writing a book during Covid.
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Meet Wendy Wax… The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax “writes with breezy wit and keen insight.” Her contemporary women’s fiction explores family, friendship and self-discovery and has been compared to that of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Mary Alice Monroe. Her books, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and her Ten Beach Road novels—Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, The House On Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road—have been featured in national media such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Woman’s World.
Other works by Wendy Wax include Magnolia Wednesdays, The Accidental Bestseller, Hostile Makeover, Leave it to Cleavage, Single in Suburbia, 7 Days and 7 Nights and the Ten Beach Road novellas Christmas at the Beach and A Bella Flora Christmas. Many of her novels have been published internationally and as audiobooks.
Her fifteenth novel, My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, will be released May 14, 2019.
A former broadcaster and the mother of two grown sons, Wendy lives in Atlanta with her husband where she’s traded in her picket fence and gardening gloves for hi-rise living and a desk with a view from the 37th floor.