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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester--A Review


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.


Have you ever loved someone,admired them , but sort of took them for granted.   Then when they unexpectedly pass away from life's grasp, you know you should have celebrated them every single day you knew them?   It often happens that way and Steven Manchester wrote a story of five friends who experience a great loss....one of their little group.    But it turns out this one individual had learned the true meaning of value and worth and had a giving heart.

Manchester produced viable and lovable characters in this short story about giving of oneself.  What these friends learned from the passing of their friend and determining what kind of life they would choose to "live" without him was heartwarming, and charming.   Each of the remaining four friends paid tribute to their friend in seriously kind and generous deeds to their man.  The story seemed realistic, flowed smoothly and took the college aged characters from the depths of despair to the heights of exhilaration.

As I have found many of Manchester's stories to be, The Thursday Night Club is inspirational and a true blessing to read.   May we all be fortunate to find our true purpose in life and give unto others as we would have done unto ourselves.

I rated this read 5 winks!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.    I purchased this book for my own personal collection.

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