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Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane is now available and I highly recommend for group reads. This was one of the best books I have read for a group read.

Brenda’s review

Ask, Again, Yes is a moving, quiet beautifully written family drama that explores love, forgiveness, friendship, tragedy and trauma that takes place over four decades.  We see neighbors whose lives are intertwined when tragedy strikes and a violent act tears them apart.

Mary Beth Keane writes with compassion and I could feel the tenderness, generosity and grace she has given her characters.  I was completely drawn into the lives of Peter and Kate who are both flawed by their childhood. I was fully invested in them over the years as they piece together their lives.

There are many things quietly written in the sentences here and secrets in the layers to the story.  At times I felt like I was observing the story and left to find those secrets for myself instead of being shown the story and allowing me to feel what the characters are feeling.  It left me so many questions as I was reading the story to pondered and so much I wanted to talk about.

The ending left me with too many questions with not enough closure with the many variables left opened for me to delve deep into the story with my own thoughts.  However that is what makes this story an excellent choice for group reads to discuss the many variables to this story and I really enjoyed discussing this one with Kim Its All About the Thrill and a few of our Traveling Sisters.  I highly recommend.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for my complimentary copy.

From Kim’s review

I can’t express how much I loved this book! It was a book that drew me in from the very first page. There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding this book and it fully deserves it. The story itself is just fascinating and unique. I have never read this author before and I absolutely loved her writing style. It flows so effortlessly that you really don’t want it to come to an end. For Kims’s full review

10 thoughts on “Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane @Mary_Beth_Keane @SimonSchusterCA

  1. Kim Rogers says:

    I LOVED reading this with you Brenda! Such a fantastic group read. There was so much to talk about! Like you said, I agree there was not as much closure I would like but it made for a great discussion!!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I am so glad we got the chance to discuss it and found some closure together!!

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  2. Shalini says:

    Lovely review 😍… Keeping this in my wishlist

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Shalini!

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  3. Diana says:

    Wonderful reviews, ladies. This sounds like quite a poignant read.Its one of my upcoming reads, can’t wait to get started soon.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Diana! I hope you love it!

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  4. Sorry I missed the group discussion but I do have it coming up on audio. Wonderful reviews, Kim & Brenda💜

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Jonetta! I am sorry you missed it too! I hope you really enjoy it!

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  5. Great reviews 😍 I’ve seen this book quite a lot on bookstagram but never really knew what it was about until now and it sounds SO good. It makes me want to go out and immediately buy the book. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you so much Dini! I am so happy to see that! I hope you love it if you do!

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