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Just as "The Babysitter's Club" series successfully captured a generation of young girls, Cyndy Salzmann's Friday Afternoon Club series lays claim to moms who cherish long-standing friendship . . . and a bit of mystery. While juggling the responsibilities of carpool, laundry, and ballet lessons, this group of close friends find time to act as sleuths, unraveling mysteries Just as "The Babysitter's Club" series successfully captured a generation of young girls, Cyndy Salzmann's Friday Afternoon Club series lays claim to moms who cherish long-standing friendship . . . and a bit of mystery. While juggling the responsibilities of carpool, laundry, and ballet lessons, this group of close friends find time to act as sleuths, unraveling mysteries and gaining spiritual truths along the way. Readers will readily identify with these richly drawn characters caught in the chaos of raising a family, maintaining friendships, and sorting out the items of intrigue that draw them in.


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Just as "The Babysitter's Club" series successfully captured a generation of young girls, Cyndy Salzmann's Friday Afternoon Club series lays claim to moms who cherish long-standing friendship . . . and a bit of mystery. While juggling the responsibilities of carpool, laundry, and ballet lessons, this group of close friends find time to act as sleuths, unraveling mysteries Just as "The Babysitter's Club" series successfully captured a generation of young girls, Cyndy Salzmann's Friday Afternoon Club series lays claim to moms who cherish long-standing friendship . . . and a bit of mystery. While juggling the responsibilities of carpool, laundry, and ballet lessons, this group of close friends find time to act as sleuths, unraveling mysteries and gaining spiritual truths along the way. Readers will readily identify with these richly drawn characters caught in the chaos of raising a family, maintaining friendships, and sorting out the items of intrigue that draw them in.

30 review for Dying to Decorate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I feel BETRAYED. Everything about this book's marketing, down to its title, tricked me into thinking it was a cozy mystery. I literally bought it because it was the top result when I searched "Christian Cozy Mystery" (my book club's theme this month is "genre you don't normally read", okay). Not only was no one murdered, there was NO mystery at all. Just some gal pals renovating a house, policing each other's gender roles, and reminding each other about civil war history facts. The main characte I feel BETRAYED. Everything about this book's marketing, down to its title, tricked me into thinking it was a cozy mystery. I literally bought it because it was the top result when I searched "Christian Cozy Mystery" (my book club's theme this month is "genre you don't normally read", okay). Not only was no one murdered, there was NO mystery at all. Just some gal pals renovating a house, policing each other's gender roles, and reminding each other about civil war history facts. The main characters had like a chapter-long debate about if the Underground Railroad was justifiable because slavery was wrong but "so is disobeying the law" and I just hated all of them so, so much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jan Phillips

    Certainly was different than expected and I mean that in a good way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    This is a Christian chick lit with a little bit of a mystery, however the mystery is more along the lines of discovering more about something vs. who might have been killed (there is no killing in the book!) I found this to be a very easy read and I enjoyed the book. It is about 5 women who meet every Friday afternoon as part of FAC (Friday afternoon club). One friend is depressed at the loss of her mother and the other members of FAC stage an intervention. They learn that Lucy has inherited a ho This is a Christian chick lit with a little bit of a mystery, however the mystery is more along the lines of discovering more about something vs. who might have been killed (there is no killing in the book!) I found this to be a very easy read and I enjoyed the book. It is about 5 women who meet every Friday afternoon as part of FAC (Friday afternoon club). One friend is depressed at the loss of her mother and the other members of FAC stage an intervention. They learn that Lucy has inherited a home in a town an hour away and they go to see it and help her figure out what to do with the house. In the mean time they find a hidden room with items in it that look suspicious. They get more of the story from Aunt Bette (aka the "mystery"). Very enjoyable book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Six Omaha women who meet regularly to keep sane find themselves helping one of their number. Lucy has had many losses, and now finds that she has to clean out and sell a house recently vacated by an elderly aunt back in her mother's remote home town. When the gang goes to help, they find a secret room, and secrets about Lucy's family history that make her reconnect with her inner strength. Salzmann comments on contemporary politics in a way that will not please all readers; also no sources are g Six Omaha women who meet regularly to keep sane find themselves helping one of their number. Lucy has had many losses, and now finds that she has to clean out and sell a house recently vacated by an elderly aunt back in her mother's remote home town. When the gang goes to help, they find a secret room, and secrets about Lucy's family history that make her reconnect with her inner strength. Salzmann comments on contemporary politics in a way that will not please all readers; also no sources are given for some of the history she presents, which seems chronologically suspect, although I didn't try to check it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I loved this book!! When I looked at the blurb on the cover, the FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) sounded like it might be fun to read. The title was misleading. I thought it was a murder mystery, but it's not. It's about a group of women who are fast friends, all moms. They get together every Friday afternoon to talk, eat, laugh, cry and support each other through trials and tribulations, good times and bad. There is a mystery with an old house and a hidden room. It's a spiritual story and chock ful I loved this book!! When I looked at the blurb on the cover, the FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) sounded like it might be fun to read. The title was misleading. I thought it was a murder mystery, but it's not. It's about a group of women who are fast friends, all moms. They get together every Friday afternoon to talk, eat, laugh, cry and support each other through trials and tribulations, good times and bad. There is a mystery with an old house and a hidden room. It's a spiritual story and chock full of great home cooking recipes. Can't wait to read the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Kinda light and fun; slightly above average for the genre (Christian chick-lit)...the group of women were kind of "types" for a group (think Desperate Housewives without the desperate part) and the story was pretty straightforward. A puzzle to solve, a few lessons to learn about life, a little insight into Civil War history, etc. And with recipes tucked into each chapter that reflected a person or events in the story. Haven't tried any but a few of them looked good! It was also fun to read a stor Kinda light and fun; slightly above average for the genre (Christian chick-lit)...the group of women were kind of "types" for a group (think Desperate Housewives without the desperate part) and the story was pretty straightforward. A puzzle to solve, a few lessons to learn about life, a little insight into Civil War history, etc. And with recipes tucked into each chapter that reflected a person or events in the story. Haven't tried any but a few of them looked good! It was also fun to read a story set in close to home--in Omaha and south-eastern Nebraska.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I probably would have given this book 3 stars but for one factor: when we finally reach the "mystery" (which takes forever) I realized that I had read this before! I have never forgotten a book, until now. Because it made no lasting impression on me, I felt that it should lose a star so it gets 2 stars. Don't bother with this If you want a mystery. If you want a story about motherhood in current times and a visit to the past (I can't explain without giving away the "mystery"), then you would fin I probably would have given this book 3 stars but for one factor: when we finally reach the "mystery" (which takes forever) I realized that I had read this before! I have never forgotten a book, until now. Because it made no lasting impression on me, I felt that it should lose a star so it gets 2 stars. Don't bother with this If you want a mystery. If you want a story about motherhood in current times and a visit to the past (I can't explain without giving away the "mystery"), then you would find enjoyment in the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I wouldn't really consider this a mystery. At least it wasn't what I normally consider a mystery. It was still enjoyable and I loved how the ladies interacted with each other and the idea of going to 1 person's house as a group to do some decorating intrigued me. Wish I had a group of close girlfriends of my own. There was a secondary storyline that I will consider as the mystery part and it was very interesting. I would read more in the series. I wouldn't really consider this a mystery. At least it wasn't what I normally consider a mystery. It was still enjoyable and I loved how the ladies interacted with each other and the idea of going to 1 person's house as a group to do some decorating intrigued me. Wish I had a group of close girlfriends of my own. There was a secondary storyline that I will consider as the mystery part and it was very interesting. I would read more in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terrie Shortsleeve

    This was a pretty good read. Quick and full of some very yummy sounding recipes. I really enjoyed how the book portrayed a Christian life and Christian values without necessarily having a single overall heavy message. I would be interested in reading more of the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    this book is so cute and comes with recipes at the beginning of EVERY chapter. I am loving it so far and this book is moving along so smoothly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The one good thing about this book is that it is written by a Christian author. For the most part, I found it kinda boring until near the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deanne

    It was okay, but they really should warn you that it is Christian fiction. I had no idea. Take out the God part and it wouldn't be half bad. It was okay, but they really should warn you that it is Christian fiction. I had no idea. Take out the God part and it wouldn't be half bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry Weingart

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz Salzmann

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tina Sernko

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Cathcart

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marla

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bedrooped Bookworms

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherry L. Hartman

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Kunz

    a fun read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Betty

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sioban

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