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In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo
Contemporary fiction

In a Book Club Far Away

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by Tif Marcelo

Quick take

Estranged friends reconnect to heal past wounds in this heartwarming story of friendship, forgiveness, and Army life.

Good to know

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    Nonlinear timeline

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FemaleFriendship

    Female friendships

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MarriageIssues

    Marriage issues

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    Book about books

Why I love it

Claire Gibson
Author, Beyond the Point

Military service-members are resilient—but they’re often only one half of the equation. Which is why I love that Tif Marcelo’s new novel, In a Book Club Far Away, shines a light on the other half: military spouses. Through the lives of three fearsome women, who start a book club to help weather the stress of their partners’ long-term deployments, we witness the ups and downs of life as an Army wife.

If you love books with multiple perspectives and alternating timelines, you’re in for a treat. In one timeline, Marcelo transports readers to a time long ago, when, bonding over romance and popular fiction, Adelaide, Regina, and Sophie formed a friendship that seemed capable of surviving almost any plot twist. But in a timeline years later, the women are deeply, irreparably estranged. What happened to drive these women apart? And what, if anything, can bring them back together?

As an Army brat, I found myself laughing and nodding along with every well-placed detail. (Army wives really do love their Longaberger baskets.) But more unsettling (and true to life) are the rumors that spread from the troops overseas to their spouses back home. Rumors that can alter careers and ruin lives forever. Turns out, not all is quiet on the home front. But despite the obstacles thrown their way, Adelaide, Regina, and Sophie continue to reveal their strengths. Toss in a heartthrob with a bakery, and Marcelo had me laughing, smiling, and hoping that the story of their friendship, formed within the strength of a book club, could once again turn a new page.

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of In a Book Club Far Away.

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  • Wood-Ridge, NJ

    This was the book I didn’t know I needed. Such a beautiful story of friendship and finding strength in the people who care about you. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sob multiple times. A must-read!

  • King, NC

    Loved the way the books they read parallel some of the issues they face, and the representation of how the friendships last over time, even through difficult situations, made me appreciate my “girls”.

  • Bremerton, WA

    Loved loved loved this book. Relatable on the Military aspect and lingo which made me laugh. Relatable because i am in a Military book club (military wild book club). A great read about friendship

  • Portage, ME

    This was a heart felt book about friendship and the trails of secrets kept but eventually had the three friends back together again. Then when the truth comes out I loved how they forgave each other

  • Marietta, PA

    I absolutely loved this book and read it within a few days, darn that thing called work! Very thought provoking , made you think of how you would have handled the situation if it would have been you.

  • Tallahassee, FL

    This book had a great storyline which made it an easy and quick read. It is written out like a movie, so you can really see it in your head. I can see this becoming a motion picture in the near future

  • Ballwin, MO

    I had been looking forward to reading this book, and it delivered! Every aspect of friendship is encompassed in this book. I especially enjoyed the quotes throughout from the books they are reading.

  • CHANDLER, AZ

    While the story wasnt super, the idea of it was. Rated this 4 stars, it was the perfect book for booklovers. I loved it! Slightly rushed at end. Book quotes at the start of chapters was a great idea!

  • Jacksonville, NC

    I adored this book. As a military spouse myself I’m often hesitant to read books dealing with the ins and outs of milso life because it’s hard to do it in a non-cliche way, but I loved this book!

  • Hollywood, MD

    Wow! I just blew through all 385 pages in less than 24 hours. It made me laugh and cry. I felt like I personally knew the main characters. Writing was amazing. 5 stars! I need more from this author!

  • Catasauqua, PA

    I enjoyed seeing how all of the new and old relationships played out. This book had me guessing what "the incident" was almost up until the end. What a great story about love, loss, and friendship!

  • Brookfield, CT

    I don't know anything about military wives but this book was memorable and meaningful. Female friendship aspect of this book was perfect! I invested in all 3 women and loved all 3 of them equally!

  • Kodiak, AK

    Strangers bond through a military spouse book club and become lifelong friends despite a scandalous, shocking event. A story of friends that become family, building strong friendship, a "framily."

  • Tucson, AZ

    A nostalgic type of read for me. I grew up a military brat and reading about the relationships these women created reminded me of my mom's many friends across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Dane, WI

    The bond of true friendship told in three unique perspectives while staying true to oneself on top of dealing with being a part of the military, breathtakingly written to allow the reader to join.

  • Hope Mills , NC

    I absolutely loved this book. I loved the relationships that these three friends had and how they found their way back to each other. Also, that they had put their differences aside for Adelaide.

  • Avon, OH

    A fun, lighthearted read about three friends falling apart and finding their way back to each other. I love stories about friendships, and I'm surprised more people aren't talking about this one!

  • Bentonville, AR

    Reading this book felt like sitting down with coffee with a friend! It captured the complexity of female friendships well without resorting to any cliches. The characters were real & relatable.

  • Kissimmee, FL

    A very enjoyable read, all the characters led to a very interesting story with some heartfelt parts and life's many changes over the years. I will definitely try some more of Tif Marcelo books.

  • Grand Forks, ND

    I fell in love with these 3 best friends! The switch in perspective was confusing at times, but the story continually drew me in. I loved delving deeper into understanding military family life.

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