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Book - Circle of Grace by Penelope Stokes

I recently read my first book by Penelope J. Stokes, called "Circle of Grace", based on a recommendation from Gail. She had read her book "The Blue Bottle Club" and enjoyed it. I looked for that one in my library, but checked this one out instead, to give this author a try. It was a good book, not spectacular, but good women's fiction.

Rather than try to be original and write a synopsis, I'm going to copy and paste from Amazon.com, a blurb from Publisher's Weekly about this book. Yes, plagiarism is alive and well!

"Stokes presents a story of four women friends and the twists and turns their lives take. The women—Amanda "Lovey" Love, Grace Benedict, Liz Chandler and Tess Riley—are thrown together in a college philosophy course, charged with answering the question, "What is truth?" In their diversity (the moralist, the activist, the cheerleader, the aspiring author) they forge a close friendship. Stokes's books usually have a concrete motif of sorts, and in this novel the object is a "circle journal" that the women pass around and contribute to for 30 years. However, each woman fails to tell the complete truth about her life in the journal, especially when she encounters failure or disappointment. When desperate cir*****stances cause Grace to bring the quartet back together again, telling the truth is in order, but they find that risking truth with one another is a daunting proposition."

A decent read, and I look forward to getting "The Blue Bottle Club" from the library on a subsequent visit, and reading it.

Added: May 10th 2006
Reviewer: Stace
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