When you receive a new book it is always exciting and something I look forward to. Now if this new book comes with an author I have not read before that is another sense of discovery that is pure joy.
THE YOGA CLUB by Cooper Lawrence has allot going on but what I drew from it was friendship. How friends are found in the usual ways through school or your neighborhood but allot of friends are met in strange and sometimes borderline odd ways. So today I am going to tell the story of how one weird meeting led to another.
In December of 2003 I was bidding on a book through eBay and I won the bid (yeah me). But the person bidding against me really wanted to know some things about this book so she emailed me. At first I was a little “who is this person” but that turned into “I like this person” when she told me she wanted to know the ending. I thought that was me and my odd ways but heck no there were others like me. Sandy and I developed an email relationship that had us getting together in 2005 for the RT Convention where standing in line we met Kim! We have all roomed together, stolen books from each other, and talk nonstop about the books we are reading or will read. These women are my friends for completely opposite reasons but they along with so many other people in my life bring me joy, peace, and an opportunity to vent about life.
So to Kim, Sandy, and all of you thanks for being my friend!
I am proud to let you know that I three copies of THE YOGA CLUB from Gallery Books to be given away. To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “the strangest way you met a friend?” then come back on Sunday – January 8th to see if you have won. Please remember if you do not come back, you will not know if you won, because I am going to need your address.
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REVIEW from Mary Gramlich "The Reading Reviewer"
THE YOGA CLUB by Cooper Lawrence
12/11 - Gallery Books – Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Is it possible to have too many friends?
Coco, Bailey, Olivia, and CJ met by coincidence and became friends by choice. A poor costume design and overly curious nature has them witnessing a murder and subsequently getting blackmailed to keep it quiet. Someone with power knows how to use their secrets against them to make the whole incident go away. These four may be home based in Greenwich but could not be more diverse in their personalities, sexual orientation, upbringing, and life style choices. Friends are people you can always count on to have your back and watch out for you if they can stay focused long enough to make that happen.
Yoga is the balancing act and overall grounding for the group who now have to figure out a way to solve a murder, not get killed, and still be home for dinner. Everyone may be up for a game of sleuth, but not one of them wants to be six feet under as a result of such ideas. The police will not help so relying on one another becomes critical and going forward these four become more than friends as they decide how to get everything resolved.
As you watch relationships start from the first meeting, others collapse under the strain of obligations, and one struggling to survive you see the individual expectations change and expand. Nothing in life is perfect but if you give friendship a chance, it could be close to perfection.
What an incredible and delightful read from page one to the final sentence. This book is as heartwarming as it is exciting and mysterious. We all have friends that fill a need for us in one way or another and this book shows how critical those relationships are and how you have to keep working at them so you don’t lose them.