Book Club

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

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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

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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 

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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! 

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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!

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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! 
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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. 
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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! 
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February 2020 - The Family Upstairs

This month's book is a recommendation from one of our members, Mary Lee. She read it over the holiday period, loved it, and passed along the title! I'm halfway through and can't seem to put it down. I hope you like it as much as I have! 
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January 2020 - One Day in December

We are so excited for this month's book! It's a charming story full of colorful characters that delves into the concepts of fate and love at first sight. With a prevalent holiday theme throughout the book, we thought it would make the perfect read for the season!
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December 2019 - The Paris Architect

We hope you've found this month's book, The Paris Architect, intriguing. We can't wait to see you in December for the book club meeting, taking place at the store on Tuesday, December 3rd. See you then! 
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November 2019 - Guilty Wives

This month, we're reading Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis. We hope you enjoy the book, and we are really looking forward to seeing you at the November 5th meeting! Don't forget it starts at 6:30pm!
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