Questions and Topics for Discussion
1. Even if no one had ever found out the secrets of Charlotte’s past, would she have been able to enjoy her new life with Chloe? Or would she always worry whether she got away with it?
2. Do you think Katie was right in turning Charlotte in?
3. Charlotte and Chloe have an intense and loving bond,
despite not being related by blood. What makes someone family?
4. What problems did you see in the foster-care system that Chloe faced upon her return to England? Could Chloe’s time back in the system have been avoided?
5. What will be the lasting effects of everything that Chloe’s gone through? Will Charlotte’s love allow Chloe to live a normal life in the future? Or will she always carry the scars of her early abuse and her traumatic time in the foster-care system?
6. Rick and Charlotte both led double lives, of a very different sort. Rick’s was ostensibly because he was worried about coming out to his father. Were his reluctance and lies justified?
7. Charlotte and her mother had a very loving yet also very difficult relationship from the moment they reunited, but Anna proved herself over Charlotte’s trial. What do you think their relationship will be like going forward?
8. What did you make of the “not guilty” verdict? What, to you, is the true definition of justice?
9. Anthony came to Charlotte’s rescue like a knight in shining armor. What did you make of his defense of Charlotte and her actions?
10. Were you surprised by the ending?
11. What changes do you think the additions of Anthony and the new baby will make in Charlotte’s family?
12. The novel has many themes, including love, home, and the true meanings of justice and family. Which was the most meaningful for you?
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive—a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad—and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war—and of her own past.
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Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.
Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a king’s desire, as a shocking twist of fate changes England’s fortunes forever.
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Happy Mother’s Day from our reading circle to yours! Whether you are looking for a good book to read around this holiday OR if you are a little late buying a gift for that special someone and you need a few suggestions then we have some great picks for you!
Tapestry of Fortunes by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg follows four women from different walks of life who end up living in a house together. These women take a road trip together for various reasons having to do with choices they made in the past, and choices they were needing to make now. In doing so, they realize that leaving home brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths of women’s lives. Read an excerpt.
The Language of Flowers, a debut novel by book club favorite Vanessa Diffenbaugh, follows Victoria Jones who feels unable to get too close to anyone after a childhood spent in foster care. Her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings based on the Victorian language of flowers. Read an excerpt.
Marcus Samuelsson tells his amazing global story in his memoir Yes, Chef. Born in Ethiopia and adopted by Swedish parents, Marcus Samuelsson grows up to become a world-renowned chef. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. Read an excerpt.
In her irresistible memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Anna Quindlen writes about a woman’s life, from childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, using the events of her life to illuminate ours. Quindlen talks about everything from marriage to motherhood, parenting, and our bodies. Read an excerpt.
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“Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98
In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson’s description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: “Life is so good. I do believe it’s getting better.”
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