Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Goodreads Says: The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there’s Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn’t afraid to look trouble straight in the eye.
This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of children and grandchildren, of bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.
What a wonderful read featuring a handful of women who are brought together by living on Freesia Ct. as well as being members of a book club that lasted 30 years. It reminded me so much of the show Desperate Housewives because of how involved they were in one another's lives. The women shared each other's pain and happiness, their husbands bonded a bit and we got to see all the children grow up together bonding like their mothers.
Although the book was a bit long I couldn't help wanting the story to continue because of the cliff hanger ending. I also found myself wanting to know more about the children who were in their 20's and 30's by the end of the book.
I do find it funny that for the most part people have picked up this book because it was chosen for a book club read and that is exactly what starts off every chapter; a very brief intro of the featured book at a book club meeting. This might not be a book you are interested in but I do recommend that you give it a chance and please note it has a slow beginning but by the end of the read you do end up caring for all of the women. You'll want to slap them upside the head every now and then but you'll also want to cry and laugh with them when the time comes. All of this while appreciating their struggles, ah ha moments, growth and genuine love for one another.
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