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For four young immigrant women living in Boston's North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn't come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives - and hope for a better future.

Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.

The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they'll draw strength - and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.

©2017 Jane Healey (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Could NOT finish!

I tried I really tried listening and trying to get into "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" but it was NOT a novel from the year 1908! Okay I'm petty, but if an author is using a certain year they better do some research and this author didn't! She didn't research pay scale for a woman in 1908. She didn't research when the 1st car was invented, and last, which bothered me so much..look at this cover..the cover of the book...does it say 1908!!!

It was good in the beginning until I also realized the POV was coming from one of the girls? There are 4 girls and 1 was the POV..this author needs to re write this again..especially when a girls is getting married and says "I heard (with tears in her voice...my words) about the marriage night...boohoo...WHERE DOES IT GO? WHERE DOES IT COME OUT?" Obviously trying to ask about sex, but it just didn't read right...

I do not like this book, I couldn't even finish it and I hate when I can't recommend a book audible or not...not worth it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this book!

The beginning took me a little time to get into, but once started I couldn’t stop listening. I wish this was a series.

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Beautifully told story!

The narration for this story is incredibly well done. It is a very good story about women learning about who they are and figuring out how to go after what they want.

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Lovely

This is a lovely story about women gaining strength and confidence from the support of other women in a time when women had few rights or opportunities.

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Friends to the end!

I liked how the story kept your interest from beginning to the end! I always could not wait to get back to the story to see what was happening next. I recommend this book!

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Highly enjoyed it!

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. It left me longing to know what happens next. Lovable characters, very well performed.

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A Happy Historical Read

I was disappointed when The Saturday Evening Girls Club came to an end. I didn't want to leave Caprice and friends, women who lived in a time where people socialized in person instead of via the technology of today's world. Their lives seemed richer and fuller than women of this century who have so much more. Plus they wore hats. I don't know why everyone stopped wearing hats and wish they'd make a comeback soon.

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All surface, no depth

1. Part of the problem is the POV: first person past tense. It’s supposed to be the story of 4 girls but without the use of the third person, we are only in Caprice’s head so anything about the other 3 girls is either seen through Caprice’s eyes or dialogue. It’s not enough.

2. It seems somewhat unlikely that 2 Jewish girls and 2 Italian girls in this era would be best friends (the explanation is the Saturday evening club), but I would have gone with it if there were more presented in a deeper way about each culture and the obstacles they would have faced even being friends.

3. Each woman faces a large impediment to getting what she wants in life, but their struggles feel remarkably shallow.

4. The names drove me nuts, either the name itself or the pronunciation—the audio narrator tries to pronounce “Maria” with an Italian accent, but fails--otherwise the narrator was good. And Caprice? Pronounced correctly—(cah-preech-ay), but I’ve never heard this name. I lived in Italy for 8 months. Maybe it’s a Sicilian name (didn’t get to Sicily), but why? Don’t get me started on the Jewish names, either.

5. The writing is fine but I never emotionally connected with any of the characters. There was nothing wrong with them, but none of them were very interesting, and I really didn’t care what happened to any of them.

6. Sense of place and era: Very weak. It could have been anywhere and at one point I found myself thinking, I’ve listened to ¾ of this book…now when and where is this happening?

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Great book!

Loved the book. Should have N/A for reading since I didn't listen at all, but couldn't select that Give customersa choice! Don't want to fault the reader.

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I didn't want it to end!

Wonderful book and performance! I loved it and after a month am still thinking about it.

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