The Thursday Night Club
by Steven Manchester
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: The Story Plant
Genre: Holiday Fiction, Women's Fiction
Print Length: 152 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester
When a terrible tragedy takes one member away from the Thursday Night Club, the remaining four college students are left asking why, even as they learn of the many kind deeds their friend always performed without fanfare. Through their grief, they begin to see who their friend was and how they could give meaning to their loss while honoring the generous spirit that has left this world. As part of the healing they make a bet, one quarter, winner take all in a contest to perform an act of kindness, of giving of themselves without spending a dime. What ensues is a coming of age and spirit of generosity that perhaps would have never become reality, as these students learn the value of love, giving and putting grief behind them while celebrating life.
Once again, Steven Manchester puts into words the magic of giving, caring, sharing and love with The Thursday Night Club. Written with his usual from-the-heart style, this short read packs a solid punch to the soul, as a reminder that although the Christmas season is a time for giving, every day of the year is a good time to stay in practice.
I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.