Friday, April 22, 2016

Incredible story. Book Club announcement.

Amazing grace.


Dear readers and friends!
We are going to do this!  I asked Jep to help me as she is a great reader and thinker and librarian.
She has lead many book groups in the past so I knew she could help me.
Jep finished the book and took it back to her library already...but she was so kind and came up with information for me to share with all of you. She sent me loads of questions and answered my pesky questions. She even wrote the author!!!

Jep found a interview with Helen Simonson where Helen stated that the book is set up in three sections.

I won't tell you all three sections at this point because then you will know what is coming...

But the first section is; 

1. The village of Rye; welcoming or not.  Beatrice and the activities and oddities of the villagers.

I want to make next Monday the start but am afraid that is too soon.  Are you all fast readers?

But for now it's Monday for the first discussion.
(Mondays were for Downton just seems right)

Please let me know in the comments.
And jot down your favorite quotes.
I have already jotted down a new word.

One thing I can bring up now....

"Helen Simonson says she uses the word "oleaginous" at least once in every novel."
See if you can find it :o)

Happy Reading!



  1. So I am supposed to have read the first section by Monday? Holy moly......

    1. Too soon? I will wait a week... If people would prefer that. I am on page nine so I'm not in a rush.

    2. I just got the book today. If I stay away from my most important television viewing.... I should be ok.
      love you
      mean it

    3. Hello my twin!!! I just said the same thing to Emma!! No farm Hero or candy crush either for me!! :op

  2. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Oh! I have had the book on hold from the library, but I am still #4. I'm so excited you're doing this book, though, and I will come back after I've read it to read your comments. :)


  3. Anonymous10:55 AM

    How fun! I didn't get to comment yesterday, but I will try to join in on the book club. (I too, loved Major Pettigrew, so I have high hopes about this one.) I don't have the book yet, but I hope to get it soon.

    Krista W.

  4. Just got the book yesterday and am looking forward to diving in this weekend. :)

    Thanks for sharing the video. Wow!

  5. This sounds like so much fun! I went to interlibrary loan the other day, and every single library had the book checked out and none of them were due back until the end of the month. I will follow along with your discussion and read it when I finally get a copy. Have a blessed weekend!

  6. Anonymous2:14 PM

    Donna, you are a natural....I knew you could do the job!!!
    I am looking forward to the discussion, the QLCS is the place to be.
    love and prayers, jep

  7. Wonderful video!

    I commented earlier but it didn't "take" - trying again.

    Perhaps if you wait a week some folks might get ahold of the book. I just returned from out of town tonight; I'm diving in tomorrow :)

  8. I've decided to post the questions on Monday night :o) There are 148 pages in the first section and I feel l can comfortably read that much. We will all check the comments daily to see the new entries so don't worry that if you don't post right will be missing out. I check the comments from past entries a lot! Then the next section will probably be two weeks...and then those of you who are waiting can really catch up!
    I just finished the first chapter and am enjoying it~

    1. Okie dokie :-)

      This is going to be fun!

  9. Anonymous10:50 PM

    I checked my local library and was dismayed to find out that The Summer Before the War has 160 holds! I didn't even bother adding my name to the list for now. But I will enjoy reading everyone's comments here about the book. It won't spoil it at all for me when I read it later. In fact, it will just make me look forward to it!

    Debbie Z.

  10. Anonymous12:04 PM

    In reply to Debbie Z.'s comment: Often times in book club discussions I have had folks admit to not having had the time to finish reading the book, but say that after hearing everyone talk about it will be sure to continue reading. At least a couple of times someone in a book group has come to the discussion meeting having read the wrong happens---happened to me at least once! Hearing or in our case reading the discussion can be as entertaining and encouraging as having finished the book. ;-) love and prayers, jep

    1. Anonymous1:10 PM

      Thank you, Jep, for your encouraging words! I will look forward to the discussion here.

      Debbie Z.


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