Ok girls, here are the questions for discussion. Just cut and paste in the comment section so we can all see what each other has to say. There is no right or wrong way to answer, if you don't have a real feeling on the question one way or the other, just say so, that's absolutely fine! I hope you enjoyed this book, and are enjoying this so far, I know I am.
- Which character do you like the most and why?
- The least and why?
- What passage from the book stood out to you?
- Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how?
- Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
- Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?
- Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
- What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
- At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
- Name your favorite thing overall about the book. Your least favorite?
- If you could change something about the book what would it be and why?
- Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.
1. Which character do you like the most and why?
I really liked Tess. She was so down to earth. There was nothing uppity about her, she wasn't high maintenance and she was always there when her friends needed her. Even Francesca's hubby Nick commented on that fact, when he saw her and Ben outside the hospital.
2. The least and why?
Oh it was definitely Neil. What an obnoxious boar!! Helen just got beaten down emotionally by that jackass.
3. What passage from the book stood out to you?
Her telling Ben that they wouldn't work. That had to be the hardest thing to do when you know her heart was screaming to just give in.
4. Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how?
Oh my gosh, yes. Francesca dealing with her kids and the fact that Casper is going through such tough teen times. Not easy. It doesn't matter how old your children are, you always worry and always want to help. Her feeling like she was being pulled apart at one point is a very real reality for moms. We have such a balancing act to perform.
5. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
Not really, just reinforced how hard it can be to say or not say things when it comes to friends. Often you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.
6. Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?
No as a matter of fact they been reinforced. That was a tough call for Tess regarding Casper and keeping quiet about it. I think that was something she should have shared with her best friend since Francesca had reached out to Tess in help with him.
7. Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
Oh gosh no, while it was an awesome read, life changing revelation, no I don't think so.
8. What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
A mix of emotions, at times sad and wistful, heart wrenching and at times I was laughing. It was quite a mixed bag, but I'd have to say I was wistful the most.
9. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
I knew I liked it once the 1st chapter was done. If a book hooks me out of the gate, it's pretty much a done deal. This one was just great. Couple that with the vibrant supporting characters and I just loved it!
10. Name your favorite thing overall about the book. Your least favorite?
The friendships that were formed and lasted though all the years. I wish I had Tessa as a friend what a wonderful gift. I guess that she didn't wind up with her first love. While I understand, boy was I rooting for them!!
11. If you could change something about the book what would it be and why?
I don't think I'd change anything. I really liked it the way it was.
12. Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.
I really liked how she moved the story along. She doesn't go into overkill with details, her style is smooth and easy to read. The flow was perfect. I can't wait to read The Stepmother!
Ok girls, have at it! I hope you're all having fun, I am : )
Our next months read is...
The Kitchen Witch
Paperback 320 pgs
Set in Old Salem around the Halloween season, this charming romantic comedy features a wacky, if good-hearted, self-proclaimed witch and her upstairs neighbor, a reformed bad boy trying to be a responsible father to his adorable four-year-old son, Shane. Needing a reliable baby sitter, Logan Kilgarven agrees to an exchange: he will find a job for Melody at the local TV station, where he is a producer, and she will be on call to baby sit Shane as needed. Melody, however, spurns his offer of a secretarial position, countering with a bid for a cooking show. The catch? Melody can't cook. At all. But with a combination of sex appeal and well-developed marketing skills, she sells the station owner on the concept, and several spicy encounters in elevators and on counters and desktops are the inevitable result. With both of them fighting their feelings, and several matchmakers as well as one marplot stirring the cauldron, Blair has crafted a fun and sexy romp.
Yay, this is awesome. While it wasn't among the original choices, Julie thought in the spirit of Halloween this would work and I am STOKED!!! WTG Julie, I think we'll enjoy this!!