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The Radcliffe Ladies' Reading Club - Julia Bryan Thomas

Author: Julia Bryan Thomas

Started: May 7, 2023

Finished: May 8, 2023

Format: Digital

Genre: Historical Fiction

TW: Rape, miscarriage

Alice Campbell moves across the county to escape her past and open a bookstore. Upon opening the bookstore, she starts a book club where she meets the girls from Radcliffe: Tess, Caroline, Evie, and Merritt. As the book club meets every month, Alice comes to see the different sides of the girls as well as how similar they unknowingly are. When a life-threatening tragedy strikes one of the girls, it will forever change all their lives and their friendships.

This was a wonderful book. I have not read many historical fictions that are based solely on one timeline but this one was beautifully done. The characters are very realistic and you come to feel many emotions for them. These girls find themselves in situations where many young girls go off on their own for the first time face. There are many life lessons in this book that all can appreciate, although it should be noted that there is a female empowerment theme throughout. This book is perfect for a having a moment to yourself kind of read. If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable story then you may want to give this a chance.

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