Book Club

June 2021 - The Good Sister

 

The Good Sister by Sally HepworthPlease find the details below for the next meeting:

Location: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

There's only been one time that Rose couldn't stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be...dangerous.

When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.

Fern's mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes and Noble.

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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May 2021 - I'll Never Be French

I hope you all enjoyed While Paris Slept! With no meeting this month, I thought I'd announce our next book a bit earlier than usual, so you can all get a head start! We will, of course, discuss both books at the May meeting.

I am hoping that everyone will be vaccinated by our next meeting date, and that our COVID numbers will drop enough by that point to resume our usual in-person meetings! 

I'll Never By French (No Matter What I Do) by Mark Greenside

Please find the details below for the next meeting:
Location: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do) by Mark Greenside

When Mark Greenside—a native New Yorker living in California, political lefty, writer, and lifelong skeptic—is dragged by his girlfriend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany at the westernmost edge of France in Finistère, or what he describes as "the end of the world," his life begins to change.

In a playful, headlong style, and with enormous affection for the Bretons, Greenside shares how he makes a life for himself in a country where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. He gradually places his trust in the villagers he encounters—neighbors, workers, acquaintances—and he's consistently won over and surprised as he manages to survive day-to-day trials. From opening a bank account and buying a house to removing a beehive from the chimney, he begins to learn the cultural ropes, live among his neighbors, and make new friends.

Until he came to this town, Greenside was lost, moving through life without a plan, already in his 40s with little money and no house. He lived as a skeptic who seldom trusts others and has an inclination to be alone. So when he settles into the rhythm of this new French culture—against the backdrop of Brittany's streets surrounded by gorgeous architecture and breathtaking landscapes—not only does he find a home and meaningful relationships in this French countryside, he finds himself.

I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do) is both a new beginning and a homecoming for Greenside. It is a memoir about fitting in, not standing out; being part of something larger, not being separate from it; following, not leading. It explores the joys and adventures of living a double life. He has never regretted his journey and, as he advises to those searching for their next adventure, neither will you.

Hopefully, I'll see you all soon!
~ Tracey
Tracey Wonnacott
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April 2021 - While Paris Slept

Well, it seems like last month's book, The Four Winds, was a winner! But we all love the author, so I wasn’t surprised! I hope you all love this one as well! 

No meeting this month, but hopefully we will be back in person next month. Yay, vaccines! 

While Paris Slept by Ruth DruartBook: While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history.

Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.

Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman's past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.

On a darkened platform, two destinies become intertwined, and the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.

Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, resilience, and courage when all seems lost. Exploring the strength of family ties, and what it really means to love someone unconditionally, this debut novel will capture your heart.

Tracey Wonnacott
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March 2021 - The Four Winds

Thanks to all who joined in our Zoom book club this month. While it’s not quite as much fun as meeting in person, we sure did have a lot of laughs!

I hope you all enjoyed Only Time Will Tell, the first book of The Clifton Chronicles series. It sure did leave you with a cliff hanger and a need to move on to book two, Sins of the Father. I am currently on book three of the series, but I will be pausing to read our next book club book, a unanimous choice by the ladies who participated in the Zoom meeting.

It’s a bit of a departure from our usual European genre, but it is by the author of one of our favorite books The Nightingale. I hope we all enjoy this month’s choice just as much!

Please find below the information for this month's book.  

The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs / Zoom
When: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

“My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes and Noble.

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I've got a place I can go and be happy.

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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February 2021 - Only Time Will Tell

I hope you all enjoyed our December book, Christmas on the Island! I found it to be a light, interesting read for the busy holiday season.

This month, we've opted for a wonderful book by Jeffrey Archer. It's not a new release (2011), however it's the first book in The Clifton Chronicles that can be read as a stand alone. It's not necessary to read the whole series, but you may just find that you can't resist devouring the rest of the books! 

Thank you to all who joined our last meeting on Zoom! I am waiting to see how the month unfolds before making a decision about having book club in person at the store. Keep an eye out for an email update!

Please find below the information for this month's book.  

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs / Zoom
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious new series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father and expects to continue on at the shipyard, until a remarkable gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again...

As Harry enters into adulthood, he finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question: Was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? From the ravages of the Great War and the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 New York City and the outbreak of the Second World War, this is a powerful journey that will bring to life one hundred years of history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

This book is available on Amazon, KindleBarnes and Noble and from our online store.

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read. - Anne Brontë

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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January 2021 - Christmas on the Island

As the COVID cases are still high in the area, we have decided to hold the next few meetings through Zoom. Thank you to all who joined us earlier this month!

We want everyone to stay healthy for the holidays! I’ve chosen a bit lighter book this month, as we all tend to be so busy during the holidays. Hope you enjoy it! 

Please find below the information for December's book. 

 

Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan - Lavender Hill Designs Book Club

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan

On the remote Scottish island of Mure, the Christmas season is stark, windy, and icy—yet incredibly festive and beautiful...

It's a time for getting cozy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram and a treacle pudding with the people you love—unless, of course, you've accidentally gotten pregnant by your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In the season for peace and good cheer, will Flora find the nerve to reveal the truth to her nearest and dearest? Will her erstwhile co-parent Joel think she’s the bearer of glad tidings—or is this Christmas going to be as bleak as the Highlands in midwinter?

Meanwhile Saif, a doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons on this remote island where he’s been granted asylum. His wife, however, is still missing, and her absence hangs over what should be a joyful celebration. Can the family possibly find comfort and joy without her?

Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for a Highland Christmas you'll never forget! And warm up your kitchen with bonus recipes for the Little Beach Street Bakery’s seasonal shortbread, Lanark Blue Scones, and Black Buns.

This book is available on Amazon, KindleBarnes and Noble and in our online store

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Remember...reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. 

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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December 2020 - The Last Letter from Your Lover

With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, we want to ensure we are doing our best to keep you all safe and healthy! Therefore, we will be conducting our December book club meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join, please email us at info@lavenderhilldesigns.com for the details. 

Please find below the information for December's book. 

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes Lavender Hill Designs Book Club December

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

"A Brief Encounter" for our time, "The Last Letter from Your Lover" is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B," from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

This book is available on Amazon, KindleBarnes and Noble and in our online store!

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Remember...reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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November 2020 - The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

This month we will be taking a little behind the scenes look at the famous French jewelry family the Cartier’s. This is a captivating story of the three brothers who transformed their grandfather’s small Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon through four generations. The story all starts with the great-granddaughter finding a trunk full of letters in the basement of her grandfather’s home. I hope you like it! 

Please take note of the date - as next Tuesday is Election Day, we wanted to make sure you all get a chance to vote! Therefore, we will be meeting the following Tuesday, November 10th, instead. 

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, or you can get a copy from us!

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

As they say...you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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October 2020 - Anne Frank Remembered

By unanimous opinion, last month's read, Kane and Abel, was a book club favorite! I did have a few people ask me why I chose such an old (1979) book for last month’s choice, and my thoughts were that it was such an excellent book, and if you haven’t read it yet, then it was new to you! Just because a book is old, doesn’t mean it isn’t good!

Another interesting thing that we learned this month is just how many people are actually following our book club. We discovered that even though the in-person book club meetings usually have anywhere from 6-12 regular attendees, there is quite a large following who check the website, call to ask or email us regarding what the current month’s book selection is. We are very happy to announce that we have counted just over 80 regular book club followers both locally and around the country who read along with us! That’s so exciting! A special thank you to all of our regulars who show up faithfully every month as well as a  shout out to all of our followers from afar! 

This month’s book is another personal favorite. I bought the book several years ago when visiting the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. It was so interesting to read from an adult's point of view about the Frank family going into hiding and how it was to live under German occupation in Amsterdam, while trying to survive and secretly care for 8 people in hiding. I hope you find it a fascinating as I did!

Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies

Here are the details:

Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Geis and Alison Leslie Gold

 The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims.

She found the diary and brought the world a message of love and hope. 

It seems as if we are never far from Miep's thoughts....Yours, Anne 

From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity. Each page rings with courage and heartbreaking beauty.

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, or you can get a copy from us!

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Remember...books are the plane. And the train. And the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. 

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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September 2020 - Kane and Abel

Well, I don’t know about all of you, but I had a hard time getting into last month’s book! Daniel DeSilva is a best-selling author and I thought the places that the book took place, along with the intrigue,  would make for a wonderful read. I found that there were so many different characters at the beginning, with so many back stories, that it was difficult to get into. But, it was worth being patient, as the book picked up and it was ultimately worth the effort.

This month I am choosing an older book, Kane and Abel, by one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer. This also happens to be a long time favorite book of mine. I hope you all like it as much as I did! 


Kane and Abel
Here are the details:
Where: 
Lavender Hill Designs

When: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer 

Two strangers born worlds apart

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant―born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world―are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream.

One destiny that would define them both

Two men―ambitious, powerful, ruthless―are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have.

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, or you can stop by the store for a copy!

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

That moment at 3:00 am when you whisper to yourself, “I need to stop…” as you turn the page.

Happy Reading,

~ Tracey

Tracey Wonnacott
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August 2020 - House of Spies

I don’t know about you all, but I am desperate to start traveling again! As COVID is still here and all of us are staying close to home, this month's book will take us on an armchair journey to London, Saint-Tropez and Casablanca! House of Spies by Daniel Silva is an exciting and fast-paced book that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end. And truthfully, couldn’t we all use a little excitement these days?

I have missed y'all and look forward to seeing all of you this month in person at the store (if that changes, we will of course let you know). Stay well and healthy, and as always, keep washing those hands!

House of Spies Daniel Silva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the details:
Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Book: House of Spies by Daniel Silva 

 

 

 

 

 

A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva’s runaway bestseller, The Black Widow, was one of 2016’s biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.  

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. 

The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.

Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page.  

This book is available on Amazon, Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, or you can stop by the store for a copy!

If you can’t make a book club meeting that’s fine. There’s always next month!

If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042. 

I hope everyone stays well and heathy until our next meeting. Keep social distancing and washing those hands!

Remember…Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have!

Happy reading!
~ Tracey 

Tracey Wonnacott
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July 2020 - The Woman I Was Before

This month's book, The Woman I Was Before, is a story about the things we hide from those closest to us - and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. It’s hard to out down, and I hope you all enjoy it! 

Caralina Wigfield
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