Book Club

Dear Readers,

It was pointed out to me on Saturday that last week there were no questions for the book club.  My oops.  What was scheduled to go out did not release, because of internet problems here at work I didn’t check it Friday.  Sorry.

So we will have the last of the questions this week and do a new book next week.

So what did you think?

Do you understand their family better now?  Have you ever had a situation like this in real life?  A family that tries so hard to keep a secret that keeps bubbling up.  I have and yet I can’t seem to make them see that if they would just get it out in the light and let it heal things are better and easier.

My mother worked with women who were abused as children.  I use to talk about it to different people just because they asked what she did.  One time a woman asked my why anyone would want to remember and then work through the situation.  Why not let the past be the past.  At the time it didn’t strike me as a big deal, in fact my answer was kind of the standard “That way they can get rid of its power of them and their families.”  A few years later I found out she joined one of the groups and is now healed and living a very normal and wonderful life.

Interesting how fiction can teach us so much.

Happy Reading,

Book club questions

Dear Readers,

How’s the reading going?  Are you finding yourself understanding Gaylen and her family a bit more?

I will admit that when I learned about the dress painting I was very tempted to learn how to do it.  What a wonderful testimony and remembrance of the past.  I know in this book it tells a sad story, but what fun it would be to remember wonderful things.  Children’s birth, marriages, and even anniversaries or birthdays.  I wonder about many of these older traditions we no longer do.  Are they something we will miss or never even know we lost?

Does your family have an interesting tradition?

Happy Reading.

Book Club – Painted Dresses

Dear Readers,

So tell me what you think so far.  What do you think of Gaylen?  Do you understand her relationship with her sister?  Her Family?

Do you think you would like Gaylen if she was a real person?  Do you know anyone like her?  As you have learned her story do you understand her more?

I know when I started the book I had a terrible time feeling sorry for any of the family.  The Syler family sounds like a family I would avoid getting to know.

Happy Reading,

Book club questions

Dear Readers,

(Okay so still learning the system.  Just found this stuck in Drafts instead of release.  Rats and sorry)

So how did you like it?  How did you feel when you got done with Trail of Crumbs?  Personally I was a bit of a mix.  I was kind of exhausted because once again Pearl and her family have gone through many major events, but with the hope on the horizon.

Do you think the move to Michigan was good thing for the Spence family?  What do you think would happen if they had stayed in Oklahoma?

Happy Reading,

P.S. Sorry again.  Next week a new title.

Book club questions

Dear Readers,

I know when I read about Pearl’s childhood I remember back to mine.  I grew up in a small town where you could leave your house in the morning and arrive back in time to get supper.  Never worrying about reporting in every 10 minutes.  I always feel bad that kids today do seem to have that chance.

What was your childhood like?  Did you have any major events like Pearl’s loss of her sister?  What were your parents like?  Would you call your childhood perfect?

I know mine wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close.

Happy Reading,

Book Club questions

Dear Readers,

Have you fallen in love with Pearl yet?  She is one of my favorite characters because even though she is only 10 turning 11, she has some deep questions and thoughts about the world and life in general.  She makes you think about things and how to explain it to someone who is too young to be dealing with the issues her family has.

Do you feel Pearl is a believable character?  Is there anything you would change about her?

Does your family have any stories about the depression?  I remember my grandmother talking about different things they used to do to make clothes and food to stretch a bit longer.

Until next week.

Happy Reading,