The Sunday Potluck Club

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This review is for the full book.  I really enjoyed this book.  I lost my mother years ago so this really resonated with me.  I completely understand all of the friends different coping methods.  I also like that this is going to be a series as I am looking forward to getting to know all of the girls better.  They all spend time at the hospital with their parents who are going through chemo.  They wind up starting a Sunday night potluck dinner so they can spend time outside of the hospital and continue supporting each other through their journeys.  We get introduced to potential love interests, pets and lives so there is lots of action including romance.  A very good read!
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily chose to review it.
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The Sunday Potluck Club is an enjoyable story about friendship, healing and finding our place once things completely change. 

The friendship the main characters found with each other was great, but I found the characters a little flat and some of their disgruntlement with one or more of the characters must have rubbed off on me because I didn't love any of them.

it is a good story and I'm wondering if the author is setting it up to be a series - it definitely could be. If you enjoy books about friends, accepting change and hardships and getting through them, you would probably enjoy this book.

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for allowing an ARC at my request. This review and all thoughts are my own.
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I really enjoyed reading this excerpt and I'm look forward to reading the book when it comes out.  Four new friends get together and create the Sunday Potluck Club after losing people they loved. This sounds like amazing story about how to move forward.

Thanks to NetGalley and Publisher for providing an excerpt of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Thank you to NetGalley for a chance to preread & review The Sunday Potluck Club.

Unfortunately, this series just isn't for me. From the description I was expecting the women to meet, have their Sunday Potluck Club, chat about their week/lives & expected the story to move on from there. The book starts off as they are heading to the last of 3 funerals (they met at the hospital cafeteria as their parents were suffering from cancer). Bridget, is hyper & acting as if life is fine (it was her moms funeral). From there the story goes on with frantic hustle & bustle, Amy whining about her life--returns to school to teach, yet her mother has been gone for months. Who has months off after a death? She immediately hones in on a quiet student, sends a note home, is in a car accident & oh yes! It's the students newly widowed father--whom she ends up inviting herself to their house & bringing dinner. So not appropriate on so many levels.
Read at your will, I'm sure most will like it, it's just not for me.
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Four friends meet during one of the hardest times in their lives, while their love ones were having cancer treatment.  I have already read and met this great character in Melissa Storm story called "BRING ME HOME" that was published in an anthology called Home Sweet Home.  Bridget, Hazel, Nichole and Amy have all been together to help each of them cope with their worry and loss.

Pot Luck is about the journey of grief, acceptance, living and moving on, something that these women find hard after the loss of a parent.  Friendship and understanding have kept them together and each Sunday they get together to have pot luck dinner together to help each other move forward with their lives.  They where all caregivers to their terminal ill parent, their life had revolved around treatment and hospital but know what does a normal life look like after the grief has eased?

Amy has lost her mother and must soon return to work as a teacher.  How can she give your students her best when she was not her normal self?  But with the help of her friends, Amy will strive to live her life and look forward to a happy future.

Hazel was the first to lose her father, she has come the furthest in recovering from her loss, as she found love during the hardest time of her life.  Keith was a nurse in her father oncology ward in the Anchorage hospital.

Nichole is the lucy one she has not lost her sick father has he is in remission.  But the friendships she has made during this time will always be there.

This book starts on the day of Bridget's Mothers funeral where all the girls attend to help their friend through this dark day.  Bridget does not react the way the girls thought she would but they have promised to be there for her always.

Friendship in its greatest form is shown during this reading as we learn everyone is different and we all grieves and react to death in very different ways.  But thanks to our friends we can all make it through the dark days to find love and happiness in an uncertain future.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for both the excerpt and the full novel to which I have given my honest review.
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What a heartfelt read.  I really enjoyed it.  It was sad, but when you have experienced loss, suffering, and can find yourself relating to the characters within a story you are reading, it does something to you.  The manner in which it touches your soul, no words can describe what you feel, how you absorb the story.  You simply FEEL it vs go thru it, if that makes sense.  

I think everyone should read this story, have the book in your arsenal.  While there is death within the pages, I didn’t feel it was a story surrounding death, but more so, life.  The lives of those left behind to grieve and get back to some semblance of normalcy after suffering a loss.  

Thank you Melissa, for putting such a touching story out there for me to read.  Thank you Kensington Books for allowing me first read on this one.  I will be sharing it with those I know and I will be reading it again, honestly!
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Reading this excerpt of The Sunday Potluck Club has definitely convinced me that I need to read the full novel. I’m excited to see how the characters develop, and where the storyline leads.
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I really enjoyed this book. This is my first Melissa Storm book! I loved the story line and am very lucky to read an advanced copy of this book.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It follows the lives of four women that met and bonded throughout their loved ones' cancer treatment, and it's a story of friendship, survival and dealing with grief. Amy is the primary character, and she's surrounded by Bridget, Nicole, and Hazel . 

We see each woman deal with grief very differently, and we learn their strengths and weaknesses. It's great seeing how they support each other through difficult times. 

While grief is a primary theme throughout this book, it never seems too heavy and weighed down. Overall, it's a story about overcoming grief and moving on, and each of the women is able to move on in a meaningful way. 

Looking forward to more books by Melissa Storm. She writes with depth of feeling and emotion, but it's never so heavy that you feel like putting it down.
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Last fall I was able to read an excerpt from The Sunday Potluck Club. It served to make me want to read the entire book written by Melissa Storm when it is available in 2020. It was difficult to wait for the full story of Bridget, Nichole, Hazel and Amy who meet in a cafeteria waiting for loved ones receiving chemo. The club starts out as a support for them but becomes so much more.

Without a doubt this is the richest, most intensely emotional book I have read by Ms. Storm. The characters are human, struggling with the grief, the anger and with learning that life should go on; each day being celebrated. Others join the story with a bit of romance but this is a women’s fiction story. True life is full of regrets, choices and celebrations. Children lose parents, young and grown it is difficult. Now I don’t think I can ever look at a black dress without thinking of Amy.

Sad, poignant but also hopeful. The Sunday Potluck Club shares it all with true vivid descriptions of how you feel when a loved one dies. In this story death is caused by the dreaded C word. No matter how death came to be, anyone who has stood at the open grave of a loved one can relate to this book. 

The publisher through Net Galley provided an ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
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Amy has been through a lot. Since her mother got cancer things have never been the same. She joined a club where other people share their stories and support each other through this hard times. The book focuses on a group of women that made a friendship while they where taking care of their parents that had cancer.

All these women have to learn to move on after losing someone to cancer. A wonderfully written book with a lot of love, realness, some sad moments but many good messages and above all, hope.

Absolutely loved to meet this women and follow in this book Amy as she struggles to allow herself to be happy again. The characters were so relatable and their struggles felt so real that you just wanted to hear more about their lives and their stories. 

A book that is heavily based on the characters and their personalities, so it is a bit more slow paced when it comes to the story development.

The second book will follow one of her friends Bridget and I can not wait to read it.
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Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

3.5 stars. 

After being hooked by the excerpt, I knew I had to read this! I’m very glad I did. This was a great story about loss, love, friendship, and life. There were a few points where the plot was thin, but overall, I very much enjoyed learning about these characters and connecting to them. I LOVED Olivia, especially as a fellow tinkerbell lover! I also cried through the entirety of the last few pages because it was so sweet and heartfelt. Honestly, the last two chapters were the best part of the book!
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The Sunday Potluck Club by Melissa Storm, is the 1st book in the Sunday Potluck Club series.  Unfortunately the book I read is only a preview, and I'm looking forward to reading the whole book.  I lost my mother to cancer, so I could really relate to the women in the club.  I enjoyed the women's friendship as they got over their grief.  Based on this preview, I highly recommend this book.  
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Amy, Hazel, Nicole and Bridget’s friendship is one based in The loss of loved ones. They met in the hospital and they shared chemotherapy sessions of their parents, but they shared their feelings, dreams, fears. Now they had atended the last funeral and they need to face their new life.  They will have up and downs but will help each other in finding happiness and love again. I received a free copy of this book and I voluntarily reviewed it
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I really enjoyed reading this excerpt and look forward to reading the book when it is released. The author has done a great job writing this story dealing with death and how the characters respond and support each other..
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Having recently lost a member of my family, this book started off really heavy for me. But I liked how it picked up. We have no right to judge anyone of how they deal with their grief, if you are friends with someone who has lost some one recently , give them space and time. 

Sadly this was just an excerpt of the book, I would love to read the full version of it.
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Finding solace after losing loved ones, four new friends come together to create the Sunday Potluck Club. Despite coming together over death, this story is about life and how to move forward.
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This is a delightful story of dealing with grief and moving forward with new found friends! 
It is laugh out loud funny at times and not at all what I was expecting. It has caring, romance, friendship and grief.
"Everyone grieves in their own way, and it's up to each of us to respect that."
The characters are amazing and the details in the novel give you a feeling that you are part of this fabulous club!
Truly enjoyed this story and I read it in a day!
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Bridget, Amy, Nichole, and Hazel bonded when their parents were dying from cancer.  This is chiefly Amy's story of coming back from the grief over the loss of her mother and moving into a new relationship with Trent and Olivia who lost their wife and mother.  Set in Alaska (although there isn't much to distinguish it from any other setting), it's a romance and a tale about the family we make.  Bridget, the youngest of the group, spins out of control- totally overwhelming herself with a commitment to find forever homes for all the dogs at the local shelter. I found myself quite concerned about her.   Amy, a teacher, meets Trent when he rear ends her car and then when she realizes his daughter is in her class.  They both adopt older dogs (good!), bond, go through ups and downs, and come out the other side with happiness ahead.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  It's a good read and I'm looking forward to learning more about Hazel and Nichole.
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At first, I thought Amy was disguised as Debbie Downer - tentative and afraid of herself, wallowing in her grief. Okay, so mid-way through the book I still thought that but the transformation she made towards the end was completely redeeming. I'm excited to continue the series and follow the other three members of the Potluck Club as they find their path after a tremendous grief..
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