Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Advent Reads Day 10: The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

Synopsis: "Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways."

My Review: This book, like all of Manchester's work, has a beautiful message. Unfortunately, it was too brief for me to really find the connection with the characters that I usually enjoy. With that said, this short story combines not only the holiday spirit and gift of giving of ourselves but also a nice thread of comic relief. I really enjoyed this story and love the way it not only gives ideas for gifts that don't cost a thing but also how one person really can make an impact on those around us. It is a beautiful holiday tale.
My Rating: Being a novella, the shortened time with the characters didn't allow for the connections that I am used to but there is still a fantastic message contained in the story.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.
The Thursday Night Club was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can find out more about Steven Manchester and his work on his Goodreads Page or his Website.
You can obtain your own copy in digital format from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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