Tuesday, April 23, 2013

(32)Table for Seven by Whitney Gaskell

Table for Seven 

Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Pages: 416

It is New Years Eve when a group of friends gather for a unique dinner party.  Fran and Will are the hosts, they have been married for many years and have settled into the routine that many married couples fall into, especially when there are careers, teens, and life involved.  They invite their friends Jaime and Mark, a newly married couple with two young children, as well as Mark's daughter from a previous marriage.  They get very little adult time and look forward to the evenings with their friends.  Leland, a widowed retired neighbor is invited as well as Coop, an old friend of Wills, and Audrey, a young widowed friend of Fran's.  They are an eclectic group of people and are all surprised at how much they enjoyed their dinner party.  The group decide to make it a monthly date rotating hosts and the "Table for Seven" club has started.

As the year continues the seven members go through their ups and downs. Each of the seven of them have their good times and bad. They are struggling with career choices, marriage issues such as infidelity and struggles that come up after years of marital routines. They each try to forget their problems to attend their monthly dinners, but eventually all of their secrets are revealed.  Will marriages remain intact?  Will friendships stay strong?  And will the dinner party club continue after it is all said and done?

Table For Seven was a nice leisurely read.  The characters seem a bit more three dimensional than some "fluffy" books, but don't seem to take themselves to seriously. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Coop and Audrey develop and I was rooting for them the whole way.  And I really enjoyed Leland, the retired neighbor.  He was a unique character added to the mix and I am glad the author introduced him to us.  The ending was good, without being too predictable, which sometimes happens.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a good book for a leisurely afternoon read, then you would likely enjoy Table for Seven.  It will hold your interest and connect you to the characters without being too strenuous or emotional, so pretty much perfect for a lazy afternoon.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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