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The Saturday Evening Girls Club Audiobook

The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

For four young immigrant women living in Boston's North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn't come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives - and hope for a better future.

Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.

The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they'll draw strength - and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.

©2017 Jane Healey (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Donna McGuinness
    25/06/17
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    "Could NOT finish!"

    I tried I really tried listening and trying to get into "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" but it was NOT a novel from the year 1908! Okay I'm petty, but if an author is using a certain year they better do some research and this author didn't! She didn't research pay scale for a woman in 1908. She didn't research when the 1st car was invented, and last, which bothered me so much..look at this cover..the cover of the book...does it say 1908!!!

    It was good in the beginning until I also realized the POV was coming from one of the girls? There are 4 girls and 1 was the POV..this author needs to re write this again..especially when a girls is getting married and says "I heard (with tears in her voice...my words) about the marriage night...boohoo...WHERE DOES IT GO? WHERE DOES IT COME OUT?" Obviously trying to ask about sex, but it just didn't read right...

    I do not like this book, I couldn't even finish it and I hate when I can't recommend a book audible or not...not worth it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer dc
    12/07/17
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    "The Saturday Evening Girl Club"

    This was a very interesting, believable book that young readers will especially enjoy. I would recommend it as easy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nita
    MIDLAND, MI, United States
    09/07/17
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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"

    I love this beautiful story! Four friends struggling to do things different! Beautiful! Excellent performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NMwritergal
    Albuquerque, NM
    10/06/17
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    "All surface, no depth"

    1. Part of the problem is the POV: first person past tense. It’s supposed to be the story of 4 girls but without the use of the third person, we are only in Caprice’s head so anything about the other 3 girls is either seen through Caprice’s eyes or dialogue. It’s not enough.

    2. It seems somewhat unlikely that 2 Jewish girls and 2 Italian girls in this era would be best friends (the explanation is the Saturday evening club), but I would have gone with it if there were more presented in a deeper way about each culture and the obstacles they would have faced even being friends.

    3. Each woman faces a large impediment to getting what she wants in life, but their struggles feel remarkably shallow.

    4. The names drove me nuts, either the name itself or the pronunciation—the audio narrator tries to pronounce “Maria” with an Italian accent, but fails--otherwise the narrator was good. And Caprice? Pronounced correctly—(cah-preech-ay), but I’ve never heard this name. I lived in Italy for 8 months. Maybe it’s a Sicilian name (didn’t get to Sicily), but why? Don’t get me started on the Jewish names, either.

    5. The writing is fine but I never emotionally connected with any of the characters. There was nothing wrong with them, but none of them were very interesting, and I really didn’t care what happened to any of them.

    6. Sense of place and era: Very weak. It could have been anywhere and at one point I found myself thinking, I’ve listened to ¾ of this book…now when and where is this happening?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce L. Perry
    Grass Valley, Ca United States
    08/07/17
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    "The Saturday Evening Girls Club"

    If you enjoy historical fiction and strong young women, this is the book for you.
    My only complaint is that it was too short. I'm looking to see if there are follow-up books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jody in Minneapolis
    Minneapolis, MN
    02/06/17
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    "Lack-luster, couldn't make it through to the end"
    What disappointed you about The Saturday Evening Girls Club?

    These sounded like whiney 14 year old girls, not 20 year old young women.


    What could Jane Healey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It could have been a better story. I had 2 more hours left and decided it wasn't going to get any better so I quit.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cassandra Campbell’s performances?

    Maybe.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I kept waiting for it to get better. I just didn't care.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book sounds good to you, well, try it. If you want a better story of women, young and old, making the best during wartime England, I suggest you hear/read The Chilbury Ladies Choir. It's a wonderful book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
    United States
    02/05/17
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    "Very Enjoyable!"

    Great story, great narration, loved the character development. Look forward to more books by this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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