The California Club – Belinda Jones
Title: The California Club
Author: Belinda Jones
Publisher: Arrow Books
My rating: ★★★★★
When I read my first Belinda Jones novel in 2008 I was instantly in love with her style. So far I have read about 5 books written by her and she has never disappointed me. I usually find her characters interesting women that have some qualities I admire, whether they pick up their stuff and go on a road trip or do something else completely, I always end up wishing I had that much courage myself. So when I noticed ‘The California Club’ on a book fair last year, I just had to buy it.
What the book is about
“When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she’s expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious California Club. So the offer of guest membership — one wish, guaranteed to come true by the end of their stay — is one Lara and her friends can’t resist.”
What I thought about the book
The book was everything I had expected it to be, and more. The California Club actually has six main characters, five ladies and one guy. Or five Belles and one Beau, as they describe themselves. Lara is the one who ‘tells’ the story, but as a reader you get a pretty good idea of what the other five are going through. Lara has been in love with her best friend Elliot since forever and even though they’ve known each other for ten years, she has never told him. Now that he is getting married to his girlfriend Elise, she thinks that her chance to get him is over. She is devastated. When she gets the chance to share her true wish, she is scared to actually ask for what she wants and she decides to write something else instead. I am not going to tell you what happens next, because then I’d get into some major spoilers, but I really loved this story. It’s funny, romantic and I loved every bit of it. Once again Belinda Jones has found a way to give her characters the courage they need to change their lives!