Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Books we have read so far.......

WOW WI Book Group meets every second Tuesday each month, except August.
Meetings are held in members houses as other venues proved too expensive or  unsuitable.
Newbook worms  from WOW WI always welcome.

During the past few months we have read and discussed a variety of books  which have generated some interesting discussions.

Last Autumn we read The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson.. a futuristic tale about a family in California. What would happen if the days grew longer? If time expanded as the Earth slowed would communities adapt? ...this is  a tale of a teenage girls adjustment to growing up amid dramatic climate and time changes.

This was followed by Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie  a psychological thriller about a women who still grieves for a lost child.....but what really is the truth? can she trust her own husband?.....

In November we read The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman. An evocative novel set in early 20th century Australia where  a young couple start married life on a remote island as lighthouse keepers. Desperate for a family of their own their prayers are answered when a boat washes up with a lone baby in it..What follows is a poignant and gripping tale of a morale dilemma and choices within a marriage.

The December book was The World versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance...a touching and often funny story of a teenage boy with epilepsy who befriends an elderly man in the village  where he lives.

2014 started with The Last Runaway by Tracey Chevalier. A young girl from Devon  sets sail for America in the early 1800s travelling to rural Ohio and  becoming involved in the  movement to smuggle slaves up to the northern ' free' states. Beautifully written and absorbing.

Another thriller was our next choice - The Husbands Secret by Lianne Moriaty. What is her husbands secret and  how does the heroine cope when faced with  the truth about a tragedy that occurred many years earlier? Opinion was divided about this novel with some members loving it, others less enamoured  by the plot and writing style.

18th century England and Jane Austen were the background to  our next 2 books. Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James and the fascinating and much enjoyed Longbourn by Jo Baker.
Death Comes to Pemberly describes a murder which happens on the estate owned by Mr Darcy and his wife Elizabeth Bennett and is PD James version of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

The house hold of the Bennett family and their servants is the setting for Jo Bakers descriptive and absorbing tale of those who waited on, washed up cooked cleaned and lived a hard and exacting life  serving  the Bennett family of Pride and Prejudice. A favourite this year so far

June's book was A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby. A dark tale of murder and the struggle to live in post WW2 London in 1946 when food was rationed and life was dreary and often difficult.

This July we break for summer with a discussion of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which so far is funny and light hearted.

We meet again in September to discuss The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty....Happy Holiday Reading!

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