BOOK REVIEW: The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney

A book with those characters you like or love and the dreaded neighbors you absolutely hate.

I was contacted by Holly Tierney-Bedord to read her book and I am glad that I agreed to do it. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this story, but once I got into the meat of it, I loved it. The first part was a look into some tough information and the introduction of Vivienne really had me wondering. However, the characters are so well rounded and there are so many that you can really like some and then absolutely hate a few. I found that when I was reading about a few of them I was cringing and thinking to myself, “Wow, really??” “Did they really just say that?”

Candice is a warm hearted young woman who has just moved to Port Elspeth because her husband has a new job and they are looking for a new start. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know anyone and has a lot of time on her hands. She decides to start a jewelry making club to get to know a few people and acquaint herself with her new little town. She is in for quite a surprise though when she holds her first meeting at her house. Her husband, Dave, is a man who has to climb the societal ladder and be known for who he is and what he has. This can cause so many problems if both spouses are not on the same page. Audra, an elementary art school teacher who is looking for something to do outside of teaching and sitting at home alone. She’ll become an intricate character in this story and I love her naiveté and her determination in the end. Margo, the town outcast and her mother Pearl are two middle class women who don’t care about the high societal women or their circle. They live their own lives and are happy with who they are. They are women who are honest and true to themselves and their lives. Vivienne, a woman who has so many dreams of being in high society and having a lot of friends in the upper circles. She has a fall from grace and wants to try to get back up where she once was. However, her snobbish attitude only turns the women of the club off. Olivia, Vivienne’s teenage daughter who just wants to be herself and wants to have her mother be nice to her. She holds no illusions about how her mother feels about her and she looks for any reason to be away from her.

There seems to be a lot going on in this story, but in reality, there are a lot of characters involved in the story and they keep you moving along in the book and wondering where they will end up next. The twists in this story are great and they kept the pages turning for me. There was only one character that I wish there had been more on and that was Sandra, Audra’s co-worker. There were some unanswered questions for me about her and some of the things she said to Audra.

I am so glad that I decided to read this book and enjoy it. I give this book a 4 star review and highly recommend it. If you are looking for an interesting read for a book club or just for entertainment, I would suggest that you pick up this book. Thank you for contacting me, Ms. Tierney-Bedord.

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