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This book club provided an opportunity to discuss books with authors from 2009 - 2013. I like to think we were a group of daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, well... women finding time to meet while juggling daily life.

I hope you enjoy exploring The Manic Mommies Book Club Archives. We read 46 books over the years, with audio or written author discussions for each book read documented on this blog.

~ with kindness & gratitude, Mari

April Book Club: The Good Daughter

We haven’t blogged about book club lately, but we still meet monthly.  Last month we read a book with mixed reviews (from the group) but talked about the book for an hour. Fellow book clubbers know how divine it is to share something personal only to realize someone else has had a similar experience.  The bonds you make with women are strong, and deep.

I spent the evening with Jane Porter last week, this just happened to be her theme for the night.  The strength of community that women create, how important is it to nurture these relationships. Have you thought about how different a holiday would be without mom’s crafting, decorating, and everything that goes into coordinating one holiday?  Women cook, bake, clean, etc… to hold up families going through happy times, illness, death, and other life events.

Jane Porter wasn't able to be with us on the Escape last November but if you attended you received a copy of book one in the trilogy, The Good Woman.  I’m pleased to announce we are reading the second book, The Good Daughter, and Jane will be calling in to discuss the book with us on April 3.    
Synopsis: Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself . . .
A girls’ weekend away is just the reprieve Kit needs from school, Mr. Wrongs, and life-changing decisions. It’s there that she meets a man who’s dangerous; a man who challenges who she thought she was, or rather should be. Kit wants to indulge herself this once, but with one of her students in crisis and the weight of her family’s burdens weighing heavy on her heart, Kit isn't sure if now is the time to let her own desires take flight . . .
When: April 3rd at 9PM EST
Call in details: 724-444-7444, call id: 90383#, Pin 1# 

Jane will join us for 30-40 minutes before transitioning to chatting about books and life.   The calls tend to last 60-90 minutes.  Last month we had women knitting, feeding children, rocking babies to sleep, cleaning, and taking a bath. Calling in from NYC to California, Mexico to Switzerland!

Giveaway: To enter this month’s giveaway, send an email (comments are not considered entries) to mari.partyka [at] Put ‘The Good Daughter’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Sunday evening, Feb 17th.

How to find us: We are talking about books throughout the month on twitter.  In January we picked a YA book to read/discuss over Twitter. Book club, it’s happening! Hashtag #MMBC, or email me for additional details.

Happy Reading!