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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women.
Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues.
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Reading Guide for Nell and Lady Ashley Farley

1) As the author, I worked very hard to treat Nell and Lady as equals, without prejudice. As a reader, were you at any point offended?
2) How did race play a factor in the story….friendship/relationship
3) Which character were you most drawn to and why?

1) In the opening scene of Magnolia Nights, when Ellie returns to her grandmother’s house after several decades, she has flashbacks of people who were once important to her. One of those flashbacks is of a little girl with dark hair. Have you ever felt like someone important was missing from your life?
2) Other than your family, talk about the people who played important roles in your childhood. A nanny or teacher or housekeeper. What made them special to you? Have you kept in touch with them?

Reading Guide for Lowcountry Stranger Ashley Farley

Caution: Spoiler Alert

Because of the traumatic ending to her relationship with Jamie’s father, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli. What events in your life have prompted the decisions you’ve made about your future?

I know from experience how addiction can affect the whole family. But it is sometimes the hardest on siblings. Why? Perhaps because siblings share a closer relationship, bonded by their childhood experiences. Faith and Jackie watch Sam fall off her wagon. Do you have a sibling who struggles with addiction? How are you able to help them cope?

Jackie is torn between growing her interior design firm and spending time with her boys before they head off to college. As working women, how do you juggle your responsibilities at work and home?

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Reading Guide For Her Sister’s Shoes Ashley Farley

I turned fifty while writing Her Sister’s Shoes. With my youngest headed off to college, I experienced a mini mid-life crisis in 2014. Both Jackie’s and Sam’s characters were outlets for what I was feeling at the time.

1) For those of you facing fifty or who have already reached the mid-century mark, did you relate to Jackie’s identity crisis? If so, how?

2) Women often leave something of themselves on the table when they get married and start a family. While Jackie continued to work as an interior designer, she gave up an opportunity to make it big in New York. What personal sacrifices did you make for your family?

3) Sam experiences mixed emotions about her only child leaving for college. If you are an empty nester, did you find it difficult to transition into a life that doesn’t center around your children? What are some of the things you do together as a couple that you couldn’t do before?

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Reading Guide for Saving Ben Ashley Farley

Caution: Spoiler Alert

1) Who was your favorite character and why?

2) Did you find Emma a sympathetic character in the beginning? If so, at what point did you start to dislike her?

3) What do you think of Kitty’s father as a husband? Did you find him a pushover in the way he was so willing to forgive his wife her affair?

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Reading Guide for Sweet Tea Tuesdays Ashley Farley

Caution: Spoiler Alerts

Sweet Tea Tuesdays is the story of three best friends whose lives are ordinary but whose personalities are not. With enough drama to hold readers spellbound until the very last page, Sweet Tea Tuesdays explores the themes of friendship, parenting, trust, infidelity, and death. And that’s only the beginning. A perfect choice for book clubs!

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Holiday Reading List Giveaway

Holiday Reading List Giveaway

As part of my Chaotic Christmas Book Launch Party, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner. After releasing 3 books in 2 months, I'm hoping to take some time for myself in the coming months to catch up on my reading. Below is my TBR. What is on your...

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Romance Reader Scavenger Hunt

Romance Reader Scavenger Hunt

The Night Owl Romance Summer Fun online romance reader scavenger hunt event is here! Enter between June 23rd and July 7th.  I’ve teamed up with Night Owl Romance and other authors to bring you the chance to win a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, Redbubble Gift Card or...

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Summer Reading List Giveaway

Summer Reading List Giveaway

This week, I'm celebrating the release of my new novel, Tangled in Ivy. As part of the celebration, in addition to my Beach Barbeque Launch Party from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, June 9 EDT (see invitation below), I'm hosting two giveaways right here on my website. I'm giving...

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If you enjoyed the Sweeney Sisters series, you're gonna love Palmetto Island!

Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term. When Hannah returns for her last semester in college, Birdie must face her demons, the problems in her marriage that drove her husband to clean out their bank accounts and run off with another woman.

While struggling to hide her pregnancy from her roommates and ex-boyfriend, Hannah interviews for jobs that will take her and her baby far away from her mother. After graduation, with months to kill before the start of her new job, she returns to Palmetto Island for the summer to await the birth of her baby. Tension mounts between Hannah and Birdie when they move from their waterfront home to a two-bedroom apartment above a bakery. Can mother and daughter mend their relationship? Or will they be lost to each other forever?

 

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While this one may have been shorter than a traditional novel, it packed a lot of punch and set the stage in so many ways for the rest of the series.⁣
I love that her books are filled with so many realistic characters and situations. It makes the reader feel even closer to everything that unfolds. Also, she doesn't shy away from taboo topics like alcoholism, unplanned / single parent pregnancy, abortion, bullying, infidelity, etc. The best part is that she writes characters that you cannot help but fight for and these topics are discussed with tact and heart which can be difficult to pull off.
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