The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
Random House: 11/19/19
eBook review copy; 304 pages
The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg is a recommended heartwarming feel-good story and her third story set in Mason, Missouri.
A group of women have a weekly supper club that turns into the
Confession Club, a meeting where a different woman confesses some hidden
secret, misdeed, or regret. Iris Winters and Maddy Harris are invited
to join on a trial basis, but they easily fit in with the group of women
spanning all ages. Iris is conflicted over a relationship with a
homeless man, while Maddy is escaping from NYC - and maybe her husband.
Hopefully, the club will provide the support they need right now.
The Confession Club is the third novel set in the small town of Mason, Missouri, following Night of Miracles, 2018 and The Story of Arthur
Truluv, 2017. It is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an easy to read novel
that promotes friendship optimism, and kindness in a congenial small
town community. While I really liked the first two books in the series, this one fell short for me. Iris has some further character development here, but most of the other
characters are a continuation from the other books. Some of these women
are good people who really care about others. You might wonder, as I
did, why most of us don't meet women like this in everyday life. Life
as described in Mason almost makes you want to move to a small town.
Berg writes in a simple, easy to read style that fits in well with
the heartwarming feel-good stories she excels at writing. While deeper
problems are presented, they are not delved into much deeper than a
surface presentation of facts and other's reactions are equally shallow.
But problems and societal issues aren't the focus here and not what
most fans want from Berg. She presents the problems, questions, and
issues, but her characters are quick to understand others, offer
support, comfort, and forgive misdeeds. This is the series to read when
you just need familiar characters who support others - and enjoy cooking
My review copy was courtesy of Random House