If you are having difficulty navigating this website please contact us at member.services@bookofthemonth.com or 1-877-236-8540.

Get your first hardcover or audiobook for just $5.

Join now.
In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo
Contemporary fiction

In a Book Club Far Away

Early Release

This is an early release that's only available to our members—the rest of the world has to wait to read it.

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

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_NonLinear

    Nonlinear timeline

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FemaleFriendship

    Female friendships

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MarriageIssues

    Marriage issues


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.

Read less

Free sample

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

Why I love it

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.

Read less

Member ratings (8,799)

  • Donna M.

    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!

  • Kelley M.

    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”.

  • Andie T.

    Joliet, IL

    Multiple viewpoints, multiple timelines, romance, drama, book about books…this one has it all! Loved the military spouse world, the female friendships, and the real talk about fertility issues. Loved!

  • Karen H.

    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

  • Denise W.

    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.