Facilitator: Jean Trumpy
Meeting time: 2nd Monday of each month, 10:30 AM at the bookstore
New members are welcome!
2/11 The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
"This is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most and must find their way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers to friends, creating an untraditional, but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this book. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding happiness when hope seems lost."
NOTE: The author has written an equally moving sequel entitled NIGHT OF MIRACLES.
3/11 Paris By the Book by Liam Callanan
“When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife Leah, their daughters, and hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge that was set in Paris. The Eady girls follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah finds herself accepting the offer on the spot. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.”
4/8 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Mary Lennox is a sour-faced 10-year-old girl, who is born in India to selfish, wealthy British parents who had not wanted her and were too wrapped up in their own lives. She was taken care of primarily by servants, who pacify her as much as possible to keep her out of the way. Spoiled and with a temper, she is unaffectionate, angry, rude and obstinate. Later, there is a cholera epidemic which hits India and kills her mother, father and all the servants. She is discovered alone, but alive. She is sent to Yorkshire, England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven at his home called Misselthwaite Manor.”