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(I’m backtracking on some of the book reviews I did earlier but not on this blog.) I know there are some people (one of my sisters to be specific) who don’t like epistolary novels. (I should own up to have to look up the the spelling of this I think it would sound better as epistlatory which of course is dead wrong) Anyway, I know reading a story told in letter form is not some folks cup of tea but I like them or at least I don’t mind them. Especially a well written one. Though I guess that could be said about any book, if it’s well written then it’s a good book, no matter, right?

The story of two life long friends and the ups and downs of their lives together and apart told through the letters they send each other through childhood until a terrible fight tears them apart. Then after life changing events they begin to write again, this time via email, to reveal a secret that will either tear them apart or bring the together forever. Along the way the Val and Lilly share their love of cooking by sharing recipes in their “Recipe Club” of two.

I loved these two girls, then women and the way their personalities are slowly revealed over the course of their letters. Their hopes and dreams and the relationship between their families that will end up effecting their lives more than they could ever imagine.

This was a well told story told in bits and pieces. While the great secret was easily guessed it didn’t stop the story from being very enjoyable and well rounded. Plus the recipes sound very yummy and there really is something for every taste.

For those of you who have read the book, Andrea Isreal and Nancy Garfinkel will be on Book Club Girl’s Blog Talk radio today Wed. Nov. 3rd at 7PM ET. If you haven’t heard Book Club Girl’s Blog Talk radio go today. It’s so good and you can ask questions directly to the authors (by phone or online). It’s always an interesting show even if you haven’t read the book.

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