Book Club

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 January'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, 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!

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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June 2020 - The Diplomat's Wife

I have chosen The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff as this month’s book. The book revisits a character from a previous book we have read but takes place post-World War II and moves us from France over to Poland. I didn’t want to have too much time pass since reading The Kommandant’s Girl and our new book, as I wanted it to be relatively fresh in everyones mind. I hope you all enjoy it!

Tracey Wonnacott
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May 2020 - The Vineyards of Champagne

For this month's book, I am choosing The Vineyards of Champagne, a more involved read that bounces back and forth between the past and present. I hope we all enjoy the book, as I have not yet read it as well! Hopefully next month we will be able to meet again to discuss our books and visit with one another over a glass of wine! 
Tracey Wonnacott
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April 2020 - That Month in Tuscany

This month we are taking a little trip through Tuscany! I always like to pick a bit lighter book after we have done a WWII genre book. The WWII books are fascinating and interesting, but also sometimes a little intense. 
Tracey Wonnacott
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March 2020 - The Kommandant's Girl

Based on the wonderful reviews we got from The Lost Girls of Paris, I thought we'd give y'all another Pam Jenoff book for this month. As everyone loved the last one so much, I'm hoping you all enjoy this one too! 
Tracey Wonnacott
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