Book Club: January 2012

Well, today we had our discussion of The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson. The actual book discussion didn’t last too long. We talked about what was realistic and what wasn’t. We talked about which characters we did and didn’t like, and how we felt about the ending. It was a fun discussion, though I’ll admit no one simply loved the book. I’ll try to get my review for it up tonight. It shouldn’t be very long. The book was a pretty easy read.

We spent most of the time discussing what kinds of things we might like to read in the future. We talked about how much we read, how we read, which author’s we love. It was just so much fun to sit around and talk books for an hour. I loved it and I’m so glad I listened to all of you and took the initiative to start the club. We’re going to have such a good time with it. We’ve already chosen our books through April! I can’t wait to dig into some books with more depth. Oh! I also made some peanut butter fudge to take and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it. Our next meeting is on Valentine’s Day, so I’ll have to come up with something adorably appropriate for that.

Up next for the book club:

by Carol Cassella

Claire is at the start of her medical career when she falls in love with Addison Boehning, a biochemist with blazing genius and big dreams. A complicated pregnancy deflects Claire’s professional path, and she is forced to drop out of her residency. Soon thereafter Addison invents a simple blood test for ovarian cancer, and his biotech start-up lands a fortune. Overnight the Boehnings are catapulted into a financial and social tier they had never anticipated or sought: they move into a gracious Seattle home and buy an old ranch in the high desert mountains of eastern Washington, and Claire drifts away from medicine to become a full-time wife and mother. Then Addison gambles everything on a cutting-edge cancer drug, and when the studies go awry, their comfortable life is swept away. Claire and her daughter, Jory, move to a dilapidated ranch house in rural Hallum, where Claire has to find a job until Addison can salvage his discredited lab. Her only offer for employment comes from a struggling public health clinic, but Claire gets more than a second chance at medicine when she meets Miguela, a bright Nicaraguan immigrant and orphan of the contra war who has come to the United States on a secret quest to find the family she has lost. As their friendship develops, a new mystery unfolds that threatens to destroy Claire’s family and forces her to question what it truly means to heal.
Healer exposes the vulnerabilities of the American family, provoking questions of choice versus fate, desire versus need, and the duplicitous power of money.

Some of the ladies have already started and they said it’s great so I’m really excited!

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