Friday Morning Bookclub

January 5, 2014

The Results Are In! The Friday Morning Bookclub’s Favorite Book For 2013 Is Once We Were Brothers….Or Is It?

When listening to the news I am always skeptical of the results of polls. I am a skeptic at heart and after all, no one ever called me and asked me my opinion. But voting on your favorite book…what could be more simple? So the results of our recent poll are in and the winner is Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson. So why did it only receive 3.9 omelets while other books received over 4 omelets on earlier polls? Regardless of the numbers, our top three books were all amazing  and all three are on my personal list of top books for 2013 as well. Check them out.

brothersOnce We Were Brothers grabs you from the start. Elliot Rosenzweig is a wealthy, well-respected philanthropist.  When Ben Solomon, a retired Polish immigrant, puts a gun to  Elliot Rosenzweig’s head and accuses him  of being the former SS office Otto Piatek, Ben is quickly knocked to the ground and arrested. After all Rosenzweig is a concentration camp survivor himself and has the numbers tattoo on his arm to prove it. Ben Solomon is not about to back down and hires a young attorney to help him bring Elliot Rosenzweig to justice. Bit by bit we hear Ben’s story and how Elliot Rosenzweig (Otto Piatek) and Ben Solomon once were brothers. You will not be able to put this book down. I know that I couldn’t! Rated 3.8 omelets.


Me befor you A close second goes to Me Before You. This book, which I was hesitant to read at first (another depressing book?) ended up being one of my favorites, and not just for the year! Will Trynor was living life to its fullest. He had it all, a beautiful girl friend, a thriving career, a motor cycle and the resources to do whatever he wanted to do. But that was all before the accident which left him wheel chair bound and contemplating ending his life. Louisa Clarke lived at home with her parents, had a steady boyfriend and had just lost her job and with it the salary her parents depended on to pay their monthly expenses. She needed a job, so when the opportunity arose to work as a care taker to Will she had no choice but to accept. What follows is a beautiful story which will have you laughing out loud at times and crying at others. Rated 4.7 omelets.


husband The Husband’s Secret involves three different women and a secret which had the potential to change all of their lives forever. Cecilia Fitzpatrick considered herself a “typical suburban mom.” She was a planner and always organized. Other moms had no idea how she did it all, but it was easy for Cecilia. But when she finds the old yellowed envelope addressed to her in her husbands handwriting, to be only opened upon his death she is torn. She knows that she shouldn’t open it, but does so anyway. This thoroughly entertaining book left us all wondering…..would we open the envelope? Rated 4.12 omelets.



Fourth place: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 3.86 omelets

Fifth place: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Sixth place: American Dervish by Ayad Aktar 4.2 omelets

Seventh place: The Dinner by Herman Koch 3 omelets

Eight place: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner 3.5 omelets

What was your favorite book for 2013?


December 15, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Husband’s Secret 4.12 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave The Husband’s Secret 4.3 Omelets

Goodreads readers gave The Husband’s Secret 4.0 Omelets

How well do any of us really know our spouses? Does everyone have secrets? The Husband’s Secret is a real page turner and a thought-provoking book. An excellent discussion book!

December 10, 2013

The Husband’s Secret By Liane Moriarty: A Review By Nancy

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The Friday Morning Bookclub met to discuss The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  The book revolves mostly around the lives of 3 women and their families, the roads taken by the choices they and their spouses have made (whether in secret or not), fate, guilt, and the surprise conclusion if only other decisions/actions had been made/taken .
One of the joys of bookclub for me is that hearing other members speak about their thoughts and reactions can often make what I would consider a so-so read a more interesting one. I felt this way about this book.
We asked ourselves if we would open a letter from our husband specifically telling us not to unless he had died, discussed in our own lives what would have happened “if only” -was being delayed that 5 minutes  the reason the accident we just witnessed did not happen to us, the seeming randomness of fate.  We discussed what makes a good mother-in-law…lessons on what not to do are evidenced in the book, and we discussed what if anything should remain secret in a marriage…and the possibility that some of us may want to clean out our memorabilia before our children go looking….

Some of us were a little jaded with the morality of the sins of the father brought to bear on the daughter and the notion that the rosary bead connection was not explored by the police but overall the book was well received and engendered a lively thoughtful discussion.


 And after the discussion, we had a holiday book exchange and everyone went home with something good to read!


December 5, 2013

The Husband’s Secret By Liane Moriarty……In Three Words

husbandThe Husband’s Secret focuses on Three Different Women, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel, whose lives are intertwined in a most mysterious way. It is a story about Guilt, Grief and yes.. Secrets!

Here is what some of our bloggers have to say:

Life changing dilemma

Three alternating stories

Betrayal, Heartbreak, Thought-provoking

Men behaving badly

Real page turner


How would you describe The Husband’s Secret….In Three Words?

December 1, 2013

Rate The Book: The Husband’s Secret By Liane Moriarty

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Help us rate this month’s book! All votes and comments are appreciated!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty — Reviews Goodreads

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