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The Young Wives Club: A Novel Paperback – February 14, 2017
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"Pennell's debut novel shimmers with lively banter and the glitter of these young women's dreams. By shifting perspectives and ending each chapter with an emotional cliffhanger, Pennell escalates the tension, making each woman's tribulations intensify her friends' troubles, as well. A light novel in which women take charge of their own happily-ever-afters." (Kirkus)
"The Young Wives Club is as delicious as its cover! A heartwarming story about friendship, heartache, and self-discovery set in the kind of small Southern town I wish I'd grown up in. You will find yourself rooting for Claire, Laura, Madison, and Gabby as they navigate from girlhood to womanhood, learning what to keep, and what to leave behind. I loved this book!" (Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author of Spinning the Moon)
"Four friends whose lives are varying degrees of perfect lean on each other in tiny Toulouse, Louisiana . . . It's uplifting to watch each woman come into her own–some via forgiveness, some via romance. This sweet (but not too sweet) page-turning debut will appeal to fans of warm southern women's fiction like Rebecca Wells and Mary Kay Andrews. A really delightful book." (Booklist)
"So satisfying—lots of laughing and crying! A wonderful read!" (Amy Poeppel, author of SMALL ADMISSIONS)
"This book is the one to pick up if you're a fan of THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD or 'Desperate Housewives.'" (Today.com)
"I could not put it down . . . Pennell drew me in right from the beginning. From the first page I was invested in these ladies . . . Each woman is struggling with something different, but their friendship binds them together." (Books for the Living)
"I turned the last page and closed the book with a huge grin on my face, with the idea to start giving the book as a bridal gift!" (Romance Rewind)
"The Young Wives Club is a charming and entertaining novel that I couldn't put down . . . This is definitely a read-in-one-sitting kind of book, so be prepared to ignore everything you're supposed to do for the next 12 hours." (The Blonde Bookworm)
"If you're looking for a delightful and heartwarming story with family, friendship and strong bonds between four great women, this is one I would highly recommend. A great chick-lit!" (Book Babes Unite)
"I laughed out loud at times and teared up at other parts--loved that!...A perfect book club selection!" (Steph and Chris's Book Review)
"If you're in the mood for best friends forever...this is the book to pick up if you're looking for female friendships and women learning who they are and what they want out of life. I so liked it, and I couldn't put it down once I started it." (So Obsessed With)
"This is what reading is all about. The type of book that makes you feel and one that makes you think." (The Lovely Books)
"Funny, enjoyable . . . . The characters are realistic, resilient and lovable. I laughed, cried, cheered, and smiled my way through this delightful book." (A Path of Joy Book Blog)
"What’s better than one first love? Why, four of them, of course! In this charming debut, four best friends from Toulouse, La., navigate the perils, pitfalls and passions of not just falling in love but also of marrying your best friend at a young age." (Happily Ever After at USAToday.com)
"A warm, delightful celebration of female friendships, the importance of a woman's independence within her marriage, and the bravery that it takes to pick up and start anew." (Owsley Loves Books)
About the Author
Julie Pennell grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she ate her weight in crawfish, used the word “y’all” a lot, and wrote a weekly Teen Scene column for the local paper. After graduating from college, she moved to New York to work at Seventeen magazine and later Alloy Entertainment as a digital editor. She lives in New York City with her husband and is a regular contributor to Teen Vogue, TODAY.com, and The Nest. The Young Wives Club is her first novel.
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Laura Landry has always known she’s destined for better things than living in the small town of Toulouse, Louisiana. So when her boyfriend receives a full scholarship to play football at LSU, she hangs her dreams on his football career. She quits high school, marries Brian, and moves with him to Baton Rouge. But Laura’s dreams are placed on hold when Brian receives a serious injury during a football game.
Madison Blanchette has been in love with Cash Romero for as long as she can remember. They’ve been seeing each other for years, but Cash refuses to commit to her. So when George Dubois wants to spend time with her, she figures why not? George is wealthy and kind, and he wants to treat her to the good things in life. Madison figures she could use some wining and dining, and just maybe, the attention George gives her will spark some jealousy in Cash.
Claire Thibodeaux has been very supportive of her husband and his career as the local church pastor. She assists Gavin at the church, helps with his social media, and is even writing a book which will be published under his name. But lately, Gavin seems more distant. He’s been staying out later in the evenings. Claire is receiving less of his attention, and she’s starting to become concerned.
Gabby Vaughn is a fraud. When she met Tony Ford – a man who is WAY out of her league – she told him a few small lies about herself. She didn’t think she would ever see Tony again, but now she’s engaged to him, which means she’s in a real pickle! Gabby knows she’s going to have to tell Tony the truth soon, but she’s afraid she’s going to lose him.
How do we move forward when our hopes and dreams have been dashed? Can a relationship truly recover from the damage of lies? And, can we possibly know what we want out of life when we are teenagers? These are the types of questions I asked myself while I was reading about the predicaments these women face in their relationships. I felt their inner turmoil, confusion, pain and hope. Each of these primary characters experience character growth, as they learn hard lessons that result from their decisions and mistakes – in this Pennell excelled!
Although I love reading women’s fiction and/or women’s literature, these are not my usual go-to genres. But, I want people to know that it was such a joy for me to read The Young Wives Club! I found Pennell’s novel refreshing, difficult to put down, and so easy to look forward to at the end of a long work day! In fact, I enjoyed The Young Wives Club so much, that I have added this 4-star novel to my list of 2017 favorites!
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