When cafe owner Estelle Humphreys finds that her finances are failing, she decides to start up a book club to bring in more business. Enter a varied cast of lovable characters: retired, reluctant lady of leisure Sue, feminist Gracie, married teacher Rebecca and shy student Reggie.
After their first book club read fails to spark their imaginations, they decide to choose an erotic bestselling sensation for their next discussion instead. This proves to be quite popular at the following meeting and so the book club keep erotica as their theme to discuss every meeting. Some of the book group titles include Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence, 80s bonkbuster Lace by Shirley Conran and Riders by Jilly Cooper.
As time goes on the book club bond as friends and learn that what they read about can be influential in their private lives. I really enjoyed the characters’ own individual stories and the blossoming relationships they form via the book club.
I loved their differing opinions on the books they read and have even added some of their choices to my own to-be-read pile, and the book also offered some extra recommended erotica at the end. Some parts were laugh out loud funny and the sex scenes were cheeky and light-hearted. I really felt for all the cast in this story and loved how it all ended. Overall I thought this was uplifting and very entertaining; a naughty pick-me-up tale about raunchy literature, trying new things and finding happiness.