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Book Club Babies (A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel) Paperback – November 28, 2017
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About the Author
Ashton Lee was born in historic Natchez, Mississippi, into a large, extended Southern family which gave him much fodder for his fiction later in life. His father, who wrote under the pen name of R. Keene Lee right after WWII, was an editor and writer in New York of what is now called pulp fiction. As a result, Ashton inherited a love of reading and writing early on and did all the things aspiring authors are supposed to do, including majoring in English when he attended The University of the South, affectionately known as Sewanee. While there, he studied Creative Writing under Andrew Lytle, then editor of the Sewanee Review, and a member of the Southern Agrarians in the 1920s.
Ashton lives in Oxford, MS, enjoying the amenities of a university town that many writers have called home. Readers can like Ashton Lee at: facebook.com/ashtonlee.net.
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Quickly Ashton Lee sucked me into the series – from Jeremy’s ‘pregnancy mirroring’ to Elise’s utter fish out of water utterances, even in supporting Peri and her issues with her mother’s racist views of her husband and her child: the story was full of moments that every group of friends have: ups, downs and just being and existing in the same space. Wonderfully able to address real issues of acceptance, fears, health and even family strife – the story managed to provide a great escape sort of read that kept brining moments of “oh I remember that” or “oh I wish I had” – easily accessible to readers everywhere in every phase of life. Adding to the wonderful characters and ideas brought forward, lovely little bits of literary and wordplay entered the story – hard to miss with a librarian and an English teacher, and when you add a budding romance for Jeremy’s friend Alex, a history teacher, and his affection for the uber-feminist Elise, the sweetness of the story amps up a few more notches. As the conclusion to the series, it was lovely – bringing a sense of closure to this moment, leaving a few questions unanswered, and providing the new generation of members for this book club and community.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Book Club Babies takes us throughout the pregnancies of Maura Beth, Periwinkle and Elise. Each pregnancy has its own ups and downs with outside influences but each finds a way to overcome with the love and support of one another. I don't want to go into too much detail because I would like you to pick up this series and be as surprised, sadden and happy as I was through each chapter. The ending is a sweet way to introduce the second generation of the book club. It gives one hope that brick and mortar libraries and reading is not becoming lost in this world of technology.
I love the fact that Mr. Lee put the recipes from all the books at the end of Book Club Babies instead of creating a separate book. It made me think he gifted us readers with a treat for reading his series and talking about it to all our friends. I cannot wait to try a few at my next family gathering.
If you have not read this series I suggest you do as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed. To help you get started let me give you the books in order:
1. The Cherry Cola Book Club
2. The Reading Circle
3. The Wedding Circle
4. A Cherry Cola Christmas
5. Queen of the Cookbook
6. Book Club Babies
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for an advanced copy to read and review in my own honest words.
Actually all the females are overly done in the emotion department. The librarian keeps talking about her legacy to the town. Come on, Mauri Beth is in her 20s, people that age aren't thinking or talking about their legacies! The only level headed people are the males, so no surprise the author seems to be male.
Well the title pretty much gives away the pointless qualities of this book