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The Secret Book Club

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This was the cutest small town, book store, secret society story. I loved how we experienced Maggie's character growth along with her, but there wasn't a lot of us knowing before she knew on her path. We weren't rolling our eyes that she was missing out on information or missing opportunities. We were with her figuring out her career and relationship path, as well as her book club path and excitement. Malcom is such a diverse character who we also get a glimpse into his progress of development, I wish he had invited Maggie on his adventures more, but I appreciate how he was able to break from his every day shell and become a person on his own. Vernon was the best grumpy old man with a heart of gold and I love how he was tied into the ending and the big reveal. His love of the book club and his encouragement and participation was so sweet and inspiring.
There were a few things that bugged me, like Maggie feeling like she had to keep the secrets from Rochelle and her keeping T.J. Hull from Malcom, I would have a hard time forgiving that. But overall, it was a very sweet read and I loved that I was able to read it. Thank you Netgalley and One More Chapter!

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I really enjoyed this book. It was different than anything else I've read recently. I couldn't put it down! I will keep an eye out for this author's future work!

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An enjoyable story that takes place in a bookstore.

Maggie Banks is drifting. She is unsure about her future and the right path to follow so when her good friend offers her a job at her bookstore while she goes on maternity leave, she jumps at the chance.

When Maggie starts working, she realizes she has a few issues. She has never been a reader. Also, the bookstore wasn't allowed to sell books from this century or the last! Third, the local historical society is trying to control everything the bookstore is doing.

Maggie becomes desperate. She needs a plan. She can't afford to lose this job. She can't let her friend down either. What to do?

Maggie realizes the only way she can stay afloat is to develop a secret book club where she can sell the books people want to read without getting discovered by her friend, the historical society, or the guy she had developed feelings for.

I had some anxiety with this one. I wasn't sure how she could save the bookstore or her romance when the truth came out. The ending did feel a little too perfect but I'm not complaining.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by One More Chapter via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A big thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter for the eARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I enjoyed this book. I found the ideas were inventive. I was sort of surprised that the people closest to her didn't get more upset about her keeping secrets. I liked the characters and would recommend this book to people who love to read, 4 stars

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A tale of courage, rebellion, and the power of literature. This story explores the thrill of breaking from convention.
Many thanks to HarperCollins UK andto Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Just the idea of this book was so interesting to me and when I got a copy, it was just a wonderful journey. I want to say so much more but I’m just so sad to have finished it (I may just pick it up eighth now again) that all I can really say is READ THIS BOOK.

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A wholesome read, gives major hallmark movie vibes. Love the plot around forbidden books. Recommend if you're looking for a cozy read!

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Wasn’t really for me. Kind of hard to get into but I think that it’s still a good book. Might just be for someone else though.

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3.75
Thank you for NetGalley & One More Chapter for approving the ARC of this book.

This was a hug in a book, low stakes, found family/community focused around books and old secrets.

Maggie is at a place in her life where she feels unsettled, she has no job and has had to move back in with her parents, so when her best friend needs her to run the bookshop she works in while she is on maternity and she can stay at her place she jumps at the chance.

With the town of Bell River being run by a tyrant grandson off Edward Bell, deciding what can be sold in the bookstore and other businesses he's invested in. Maggie finds herself running an underground book club and forming an unintentional army of followers, esp when she unearths a well hidden secret.

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"The Secret Book Club" by Shauna Robinson is a charming tale of friendship, books, and hidden desires. When four women form a clandestine book club, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Robinson's writing sparkles with humor and heart, making this novel a delightful read.

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I would recommend Shauna Robinson's new book, The Secret Book Club. Wonderful story for everyone to enjoy. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely. Happy reading!

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An easy, quickish read. I liked it. Nothing about it really stood out enough that I’ll remember it a year from now, but I enjoyed it all the same. I do love books about books though. My favorite part.

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"That's what I meant when I said you float through life. You do what you want, and it's amazing."

Maggie agrees to take over running a book store while her friend is on maternity leave — but this is no ordinary book store; it's one dedicated to a specific author, Edward Bell, and other authors from his time. In essence, the book store only sells classics, and Maggie is not a fan of classics. However, she quickly finds ways to bend and break the rules, starting up secret events and selling contemporary literature under the table! As this grows in popularity, events unfold, and secrets about the great Edward Bell are uncovered!

I found this book to be a fun and easy read. There's humour and a romance sub plot, but mainly it's about Maggie's adventure in the town Bell River. The various minor characters were delightful, and I enjoyed the mystery and the resolution a lot! That being said, I didn't feel like I related much to any of the characters or really connected with them in any way. Still, this gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 from me.

Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollinsUK for the ARC!

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I will never (hopefully) get sick of a book about books and book lovers. The streak continues with this one!

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Not my usual genre but it wasn't too bad.
I love books about books so that's definitely added extra points.
There was few unexpected twists but nothing too complicated or exciting. Easy read for holidays or to take your mind off things.

Thank you for the chance of reading it

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"The Secret Book Club" by Shauna Robinson, though promising in its premise, falls short of expectations. Maggie Banks, a book enthusiast in a town resistant to modern literature, starts an underground book club to challenge the literary restrictions. While the concept is intriguing, the execution lacks depth. The characters feel one-dimensional, and the narrative often relies on clichés associated with rebellious bookish tales. Despite the potential for tension and drama in breaking literary rules, the story struggles to engage readers. The promised secrets and challenges in maintaining the book club are somewhat predictable, and the plot lacks the depth needed to make it truly compelling. Overall, "The Secret Book Club" may leave readers wanting more substance and originality in its exploration of a book lover's rebellion against literary restrictions.

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I enjoyed reading this book! I got anxiety at some of the main characters choices ( in a good way!) and the author sucked me into reading this book and wanting to know how it all ends. I am definitely picking up other books by this author asap. 4.5/5

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Maggie feels her life has no direction, so when her best friend Rochelle asks her to cover in the the bookshop she part owns she agrees; despite the fact that she's a non reader.
Travelling to a different part of the country, Maggie finds the town is named after a local author. His descendant Ralph controls most places including the book shop; that only sells classic books.
Ralph has spies everywhere and Maggie has to be on guard at all times.
With her new made friends (who help her organise the secret book club) and a budding romance with Malcolm, Maggie begins to find the love of books and possibly her direction in life.

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{3,5}

The Secret Book Club is a very cute book especially for those who love books about books. It's a very nice book, all the characters (apart from the "villains") are cool and the story is interesting. I liked the first 50% more than the rest, but it was still a good read.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review!

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Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this! I would give this a solid 3.5 / 5 stars.
In an age where we're dealing with book bannings and men overshadowing women, this felt very on the nose. I loved the 'secret' book club that Maggie set up and would absolutely join a modern day retelling of some of my favorite classics (That Great Gatsby one sounded priceless). I loved the touch of romance with Malcolm and really enjoyed the setup of Maggie finding her place in community.
Overall this was sweet and enjoyable: a good pick for any book lover

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