From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.
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. Featuring Tif Marcelo’s signature “enchanting prose” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and the books that brought them together in the first place, In a Book Club Far Away honors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds.
Marcelo captivates in this endearing story about the bonds of friendship between three Army wives whose goodwill is tested after a falling out. Adelaide Wilson-Chang summons two old friends to her new home in Virginia. She first met Sophie Walden, a levelheaded, straightforward African American nurse, and Regina Castro, an extroverted Filipina caterer who wears her heart on her sleeve, in a book club while their families were stationed together in upstate New York. Now Adelaide readies for gallbladder surgery and plots to reconcile Sophie and Regina, who haven't spoken to each other in nearly a decade. Regina now grapples with a sinking catering business in Georgia and a budding online romance with a baker who lives in Alexandria, Va. Sophie wrestles with being on the brink of becoming an empty nester and her retired military husband's new civilian career and life. Adelaide also struggles with whether to have more children or launch her interior design career. Despite initial resistance, Sophie and Regina agree to help for the sake of Adelaide's young child. Making good use of Army life as the backdrop, Marcelo skillfully layers the narrative with the three women's points of view, capturing both their singular and collective worlds. Themes of friendship, forgiveness, and women's independence make this propulsive, feel-good story a gem.