Here’s what happened at Book Club…
Well what can we say about a meeting that starts off with a big feed of homemade fish & brewis, baked beans, chocolate covered almonds and wine!
What a wonderful (and thoughtful) treat from our host (thank you Kelly!). Once everyone cleaned their plates, refilled their wine and settled in we were off….
Like many of our choices lately, this book brought about very different reactions. On our first go round about what we thought, we heard:
- “I really enjoyed it“;
- “she died, he died, she died, he died..’ ;
- “the characters & their relationships weren’t developed enough” ;
- “I loved it!” ;
- “I hated it – a mish-mash of nonsense that could have been written by a 13 year old.”
From there we moved on to whether or not we would have been held to a deathbed vow or would we ever ask someone we loved to make such a vow and the role that the time and place had on that decision. And of course as with all our discussions there were some personal stories to share (as there always are) giving the discussion relevance.
Then it was time for Kelly’s homemade dessert…… did we mention how much we LOVE book club?!!!
Feeling a little less focused by now we chatted about long held grudges and how people can live like that to surmising that perhaps the story was a little autobiographical and that was the reason the author used the fictional community of Flowervilla yet left factual elements of St. John’s in place. One member was very observant and concluded that based on certain references Flowervilla was likely a community somewhere in the Placentia area.
At some point in the evening, not sure how (what else is new with this crowd?) …. Wolf Larson, the Skipper in the Jaws movie, Bridget Jones, Rich Man, Poor Man and Forrest Gump became our topics of conversation. Who knew Jennifer was such a connoisseur of Gump-isms? Impressive.
With that it was time to go, we gav’er the gas, put on our coats to break the wind (it’s cold) and another fun meeting was complete.