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Review/Giveaway: The Secret Life of Book Club


The-Secret-Life-of-Book-Club-Ebook-Edged-200x300Book Club Just Got Real.

Jeanine Phelps is tired of reading about other women who grab life and have epiphanies. She challenges her book club to live like the heroines in the books they love.

At first, seizing the day is pure fun until it generates an upset in each of their lives:
Jeanine’s husband is so inspired by her new vitality it triggers a bizarre mid-life crisis involving tacos.
Paula, the model PTA soccer mom, starts fighting with her man about the family printing business until she’s drawn back to her
secret passion.
Kate, a single mom and teacher, can’t figure out if the rekindled friendship with the new museum creator is worth the romantic risk.
Anne, a mother of four babies, works to hold the book club together while trying to figure out her own identity.

When everyone wants to quit the challenge, the media’s spotlight makes it impossible. Can they rely on each other while keeping their priorities? And more importantly, is their sanity worth the chance to each become a heroine in her own life?


This is a book about life. Yes, I generally avoid those books too. 🙂 I figure I read to escape my life not embrace it! Yet, when I started reading this book I knew right away I was holding something special.

These are not characters you can ignore on the pages of a book, because they are people you know. Your best friend, your sister, your neighbor, or the PTO mom that you prefer to avoid when you see her at the grocery store. When you read this book, you will relate to the stories and the struggles will become real, because they are things you deal with in everyday life. The difference is Heather’s amazing sense of humor. I love love love her humor. I’ll be honest not everyone can write humor. I can’t. It takes a real talent to make the flu funny or working in a food truck, wait.. that last one could be funny. Just wait and see….

The one and ONLY downside to this book was the sheer number of characters. It took me a few chapters before I could keep them all straight in my head, but I’m so glad I stayed with it. I loved each of these women and when I finished reading the book I felt like I was leaving behind a friend.

I hope Heather has plans to write a follow-up, because I think readers are going to demand it.

Go buy a copy, you won’t be disappointed!

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Leave a comment and you will be entered to win your own digital copy through Amazon or you can choose to receive an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) paperback.  

A winner will be randomly selected Tuesday, March 3rd.



Heather Woodhaven earned her pilot’s license, rode a hot air balloon over the safari lands of Kenya, assisted an engineer with a medical laser in a Haitian mission, parasailed over Caribbean seas, lived through an accidental heatherprofiledetour onto a black diamond ski trail in the Aspens and snorkeled among sting rays before becoming a mother of three and wife of one. She’s filled many jobs such as travel agent, business executive, children’s minister, aerobic instructor and preschool teacher. Heather channels her love for adventure into writing characters who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

24 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway: The Secret Life of Book Club”

  1. Thank you for your patience! I have drawn a random name from the 10 people who commented and the winner is… Gail Helgeson!

    Thank you to each of you for participating! I hope you will consider buying this book because it’s worth reading.

    I’m hosting another giveaway that ends this Saturday for Sandra Byrd’s new book, so if you haven’t entered that giveaway click over to that page and enter now.

    Happy Reading!


    1. I’ve added your name, Nancy! I was talking to Dan about this book last night. I told him this book is what fiction should be. It leaves the reader changed. They walk away thinking about their marriage, their friendships, and their relationship with God. This is exactly the kind of impact I hope my books have on readers.


    1. Hi Gail, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! What a blessing to find you here. Yes, this book will keep you up late, so be prepared. 😉 I’ve entered your name in the drawing.


    1. Thanks for commenting, Paula. I’m entering your name. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I wouldn’t have read it if Heather hadn’t contacted me. I can honestly say this book is one of my favorites.


  2. My friend, Angela Ruth Strong, raved about your book, and I went immediately to Amazon to order it…. only to find it was not in print yet! I would LOVE to have a copy of your book!


    1. We have that in common–Angela is an awesome friend (and amazing writer). She was one of my very first readers, before it went to the editor. She encouraged me so much.


    1. Oh.. I haven’t read Calculated Risk, yet. I will have to add it to my list. This was a fun book to read. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed her other book. You have been entered!


    2. Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed Victoria & Jeff’s adventure. While a very different book…there’s a little nod to Calculated Risk at the end of Secret Life 😉


    1. Thanks for commenting. Yes, her books do challenge the reader to step outside their normal and I think that’s a great thing. I also found her book challenged me to look at my marriage and friendships a little differently. It was a book that when I finished reading it, I felt it was time well spent. I’ve entered your name!


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