Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Review: The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman

The Clover Girls
by Viola Shipman

Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where over four summers they were the Clover Girls—inseparable for those magical few weeks of freedom—until the last summer that pulled them apart. Now approaching middle age, the women are facing challenges they never imagined as teens, struggles with their marriages, their children, their careers, and wondering who it is they see when they look in the mirror.

Then Liz, V and Rachel each receive a letter from Emily with devastating news. She implores the girls who were once her best friends to reunite at Camp Birchwood one last time, to spend a week together revisiting the dreams they’d put aside and repair the relationships they’d allowed to sour. But the women are not the same idealistic, confident girls who once ruled Camp Birchwood, and perhaps some friendships aren’t meant to last forever…

Kritters Thoughts:  Four girls stumble upon each other at a summer camp at a young age and they will each alter the other's lives well into adulthood.  Elizabeth (Liz), Veronica (V), Rachel (Rach) and Emily (Em) meet at summer camp and they have a lot to learn from each other, each of them have strengths that the other could use and due to meeting at a young age they didn't see how they could compliment each other.  

With four women as main characters, this is absolutely one of those books that I suggest taking notes so you can keep them each straight.  They are each unique, but it sure helped make sure the reading experience was easy from start to finish. 

With flashbacks back to the 1980s when these women met and then to 2021 to their current ages, this book took me back and forth to see the foundation these young women made at camp and then how something big brought them back together and would change their lives.  

I am being vague in my review because this is just one of those books that you have to read!  If you love women relationships, of all kinds, and if you love stories where women have big journeys to find their truth then this book is for you.  I laughed, I cried and I found a part of me in some of these women and although I don't have friendships from summer camp of my younger years, this book made me thankful for those women I am surrounded by and the things they bring to my life. 

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 51 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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