I know that wherever I am if I have a book with me, I have a place to go and be happy. Looking back over 2018 and all the books we have read as a group:

  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules– Catharina Ingeman- Sinberg
  • The Child – Fiona Baton
  • The Girl I Used To Know – Faith Hogan
  • The House of Hidden Mothers – Meera Syal
  • The Fear – C L Taylor
  • The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness – Laura Kemp
  • Orphan of Islam – Alexander Khan
  • The Zanibar Wife – Deborah Rodrigues
  • And The Mountains Echoed – Khalid Hosseini
  • The Last Gospel – David Gibbins
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
  • The Man I thought I Knew – Mike Gayle
  • The Wife Between Us – Greeer Hendricks

 I wonder which ones have stayed with you? For me it would have to be the Orphan of Islam by Alexander Khan, The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Zanzibar Wife by Deborah Rodrigues and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. 

Looking at my choices makes me wonder what it says about me! 

Thinking of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s quote “Books are Mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside you.”

What a wonderful time we had at our Christmas Lunch at the Mariposa. Ruma did a great job organising us all and Santa provided some amazing gifts, even though I am sure we haven’t all been good ALL year. The staff and food were excellent. I don’t think Tom was smuggled out with us!! It was great to have Biggy with us and we all wish her a really speedy recovery and we cannot wait to have her back at our group meetings again.

Jackie Ferries, a local author came to the December meeting and told us how she gathered information for her most recent book The Ghost Reapers, an Historical Fiction story set in Ancient Egypt. Jackie had done lots of interesting research. The book will be out early 2019 and we look forward to reading it. Thank you Suzanne for the delicious cake!

It was a delight to welcome new member Mary Evelyn Bleasdale. I am sure Evelyn is going to have lots of input to the group and be a very active member.

We discussed the books we had read and to sum up briefly, Greer Hendricks’ book The Wife Between Us was not a very popular read. 

However, The Man I think I Know was popular with all who read it and almost all of us would all recommend as nice easy thought-provoking book.

The chosen books to read over Christmas were:

The Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward 

The past won’t stay buried for ever.  In 1957, 6 teenage girls walk into a tunnel in the churning mist of Derbyshire.  Only 5 walk out.  A dying mother asks her daughter to find her school girl friend called Valerie. D I Connie Childs sets out to find Valerie.

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs, 

She’s a friendly voice on the phone, but can you trust her? The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living, but some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy; she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage.

Next meeting is on Thursday January 17th – a change of date to combine January and February meetings.

Happy New Year

May 2019 bring Joy and Happiness to each and every one of us.

Happy Reading.