Heather Woodhaven asks what challenges have you taken?

My inbox and social media streams are chock-full of them. My faves include decluttering challenges, money-saving challenges, sugar-detox challenges, exercise challenges, and gratitude challenges. I’m drawn to them all. Sure the short, tangible goal is enticing, but what I enjoy most is working together (or competing) with other women that will almost surely become friends by the end of the journey.


Of course, my favorite challenge is a reading challenge, especially when you have an awesome book club. I am lucky to be a part of such a group. And through discussing fiction, walls and stereotypes are broken. What’s left is a lot of laughter and growing friendships. Dreams and untouched talents are awakened and discussed.

Because, at the end of the day we don’t want to just read about amazing experiences, romance, and epiphanies. We want to experience them too.

And that is the premise of The Secret Life of Book Club. Are you in a book club? What’s your experience been like?


Secret Life of Book Club, The - Heather Woodhaven Jeanine Phelps is tired of reading about other women who grab life and have epiphanies. She challenges her book club to live like the heroines in the books they love. At first, seizing the day is pure fun until it generates an upset in each of their lives: Jeanine’s husband is so inspired by her new vitality it triggers a bizarre mid-life crisis involving tacos.

Paula, the model PTA soccer mom, starts fighting with her man about the family printing business until she’s drawn back to her secret passion.

Kate, a single mom and teacher, can’t figure out if the rekindled friendship with the new museum creator is worth the romantic risk.

Anne, a mother of four babies, works to hold the book club together while trying to figure out her own identity.

When everyone wants to quit the challenge, the media’s spotlight makes it impossible. Can they rely on each other while keeping their priorities? And more importantly, is their sanity worth the chance to each become a heroine in her own life?

Heather Woodhaven earned her pilot’s license, rode a hot air balloon over the safari lands of Kenya, assisted an engineer with a medical laser in a Haitian mission, parasailed over Caribbean seas, lived through an accidental detour onto a black diamond ski trail in the Aspens and snorkeled among sting rays before becoming a mother of three and wife of one (her greatest adventure). She’s filled many jobs such as travel agent, business executive, children’s minister, aerobic instructor and preschool teacher. Heather channels her love for adventure into writing characters who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

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