Joy For Beginners Reviews
"A book designed to both fill you up and make you hungry for life." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Joyful, indeed. Highly recommended for those fascinated by fresh fiction." - Library Journal
"A soft-centered celebration of female friendship and endurance..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read." - Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
"How rare for a second novel to live up to the first. How transporting to live, even briefly, inside these women's lives." - Laura Hansen, Bookin' It
"A novel redolent with the perfumes, flavors and hues of its distinctively endearing cast of characters
Joy for Beginners is ultimately a celebration of life; a literary confirmation of the power of friendship." - Carol Cassella, author of Oxygen
"This book is a joy to read." Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You
"A warm and elegant portrayal of what makes women, well, women: strength, healing, forgiveness, and ultimately, connection." - Jennie Shortridge, author of When She Flew
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Rated of 5
Kate is home again after just surviving breast cancer. To celebrate she invites six of her closest friends to come and share in an intimate dinner. Kate was hit very hard when she discovered she had breast cancer.
I found I could relate better to some characters better than others. My favourite challenge was Sara’s trip to Italy as I’ve learned a lot about that country, love Italian food, have a long-standing pen pal there, and would love to visit someday myself.
Joy for Beginners is a great representation of being able to find joy and learning to feel and embrace that joy. It’s a story of love, friendship, heartbreak, hope, and remembering that life is for living especially if given a second chance.