The Tenko Club by Elizabeth Noble

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Club Rules

Men, children, work, shopping, wine and chocolate. Important, but not AS important.

When they need you, you are there. No giving up.

Members

Freddie, Tamsin, Reagan and Sarah

They meet at university in the heady days of the 80s: four women with little in common but an eagerness to live life to the full. And over romantic crises, long gossipy nights and too many bottles of wine, they form the Tenko club and swear they’ll always be there for each other.

Life Membership

Twenty years later, that promise is put to the test.

Regan, Sarah, Tamzin and Freddie met at university and formed a lasting friendship. Their friendship remained after their uni years, through marriage, and children,  and the death of Sarah. Now they need each other a lot more. Freddie receives two doses of bad news, which send her to America. Regan and Tamzin go with her, and they explore themselves, their lives and their friendship. Through fights and laughter the Tenko Club move forward.

I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Noble. I have enjoyed the other books of hers that I have read. I love her writing style – engaging and fun, gripping and enjoyable. All her characters are believable, and the way Noble writes makes you wish you know them. I wanted to be a member of the Tenko Club! I even liked how they had memories and flash backs contained Sarah, even though she is dead.

This is definitely chick-lit, but this is chick-lit at its best. I found the book believable, but quite predictable. It was a heart warming read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

9/10

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Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble

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Synopsis:

‘My beautiful girls. If you’ve read this, you’ll know it contains some – not all, but some – of the things I want my daughters to know. And the greatest of these is love …’ How would you say goodbye to those you love most in the world? Barbara must say a final farewell to her four daughters. But how can she find the words? And how can she leave them when they each have so much growing up to do? There’s commitment-phobic Lisa. Brittle, unhappily married Jennifer. Free-spirited traveller Amanda. And teenage Hannah, stumbling her way towards adulthood. Barbara’s answer is to write each daughter a letter, finally expressing the hopes, fears, dreams and secrets she couldn’t always voice. These words will touch the girls in different – sometimes shocking – ways, unlocking emotions and passions to set them on their own journey of discovery through life.

I was so excited about reading this book, and I wasn’t let down. The story follows four daughters after their mother died. The story is full of love, grief, sex, family and of course, death. Noble is a good writer and I enjoyed this book a lot. It took longer to read than I thought it would, but actually that wasn’t a problem. I was gripped and wanted to know the outcome, and at the end I was happy, but sad too. This book definitely sparked emotion; as well as made me laugh and gasp.

It is hard to pick my favourite character. Probably Mark, the step-father. He was strong and held the family together. He remained there, even though he was just the step-father. He seemed like a good guy. I liked all the characters however, and I found myself willing the best for all of them.

This was a fun, engaging book, that I thoroughly recommend.

8/10

Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble

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Synopsis:

The fabulous new novel from the No 1. bestselling author of “The Reading Group” and “The Tenko Club”. Love lessons from A – Z. A is for Affection – between childhood best friends; between their parents; between brothers and sisters. B is for Brokenhearted – Natalie when the boyfriend who was meant to propose dumps her just before Christmas. Her mother when she realises what her life has come to. Lucy, as she thinks of ending one relationship, and maybe beginning another. C is for Chemistry – Could Natalie and Tom have it (and what does it actually mean, anyway)? Number One bestselling author Elizabeth Noble’s new novel is a tender, funny novel about love in all its guises.

This is a typical chick-lit book, predictable and fun! I loved the idea of a list of dates starting with the letters of the alphabet. That is just a genius idea! And some of the ideas were great 🙂 I might have to try the Alphabet Game myself.

The characters were the normal chick-lit characters – the family, friends and lovers. However, I liked them all. They made for enjoyable reading. I liked Tom most. He was a solid, faithful friend, who would drop anything for Natalie. Strong and reliable – the type of guy you can’t help but like.

The story does explore family, illness, depression (very well actually) and affairs. All were done well, all looked at the consequences of our actions. She writes sensitively and well.

I do have a couple of complaints. Firstly, the swearing. There was quite a bit, which I didn’t like. Sex was very descriptive, which made me a bit uncomfortable. The other problem was there were a lot of characters, and sometimes I felt lost and confused, trying to work out who was who, and who was related to who. Other than that, I enjoyed this book.

7/10