Monday Evening Book Club January Selection

Somewhere in FranceThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet January 12th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss Somewhere in France by Canadian author Jennifer Robson.

About the book…

A daring young woman will risk her life to find her destiny in this atmospheric, beautifully drawn historical debut novel—a tale of love, hope, and danger set during the First World War.

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother’s rigid expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her dear brother Edward’s best friend. The handsome Scottish surgeon has always encouraged Lilly’s dreams. She doesn’t care that Robbie grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendly affection to become something more. Lily is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided by class, filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive. . . or will it become another casualty of this tragic war?


Jennifer Robson’s website

Author Interview

Review of Somewhere in France

Discussion Questions

The Great War: 100 years ago

Monday Evening Book Club Favorite Reads

Here is the list of favorite titles, read and enjoyed outside our book club selections, and presented at our “book talks” in December.  Once again, it is a diverse and entertaining list of  both fiction and nonfiction books, all available in our library’s collection.

Happy Holiday reading!

MacDonald, Ann-Marie. The Way the Crow Flies. 2004.

Lindhout, Amanda. A House in the Sky; a memoir. 2013.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 2003, c1852.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Invention of Wings. 2014.

Grissom, Kathleen. The Kitchen House. 2010.

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. 2013.

Marciano, Francesca. The Other Language; stories. 2014.

May, Elizabeth. Who We Are; reflections on my life and Canada. 2014.

Six Nutrition and Diet books highlighting the psychological aspects of nutrition:

Scott, Trudy. The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution. 2011.

Ross, Julia. The Mood Cure. 2004.

Selhub, Eva. Your Brain on Nature. 2012.

Dean, Carolyn. The Magnesium Miracle. 2006.  (on order)

Robbins, John. Healthy at 100. 2006.

Rosenthal, Joshua. Integrative Nutrition. 2008.

Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1996.

Humphreys, Helen. Leaving Earth. 1998.

Connelly, Michael. The Burning Room. 2014.

Hadfield, Chris. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. 2013.

Forster, E.M. A Passage to India. 2005, c1924.  (audiobook highly recommended)

Boyden, Joseph. The Orenda. 2013.

Toews, Miriam. All My Puny Sorrows. 2014.

Galloway, Steven. Cellist of Sarajevo. 2008.

Winter, Kathleen. Annabel. 2010.

Van Camp, Richard. The Lesser Blessed. 2013.

Keyes, Marian. This Charming Man. 2008.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. 2005, c1897.

Reichl, Ruth. Delicious! 2014.





Seniors Book Club Members Favourite Reads

Our annual “Book Talk” session on December 10th once again revealed the wonderful breadth and diversity of reading interests among our group members. Here’s a list of the favourite titles you read outside the book club this year:

McCord, Kate. In the Land of Blue Burqas. 2012.

Mahmoody, Betty. Not Without My Daughter. 1998.

Nawaz, Zarqa. Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. 2014.

Lui, Elaine. Listen to the Squawking Chicken. 2014.

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. 2013.

May, Elizabeth. Who we are. 2014.

Lamb, Wally. She’s come undone. 1998.  (replacement on order)

Bruchac, Joseph. Sacajawea: the story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 2008. (on order)

Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River. 1994.

Crummey, Michael. Sweetland. 2014.

Carnarvon, Fiona. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the lost legacy of Highclere Castle. 2011.

Three favourite mystery writers: P.D. James, Anne Perry, Louise Penny – recently read:

Perry, Anne. Death on Blackheath. 2014.

Penny, Louise. The Long Way Home. 2014.

Crummey, Michael. River Thieves. 2002. (replacement on order)

Michener, James A. Chesapeake. 2003. (replacement on order)

Reichl, Ruth. Delicious! 2014.

Williams, John Edward. Stoner. 2003.

Christmas, Jane. And then there were Nuns. 2013.

Lindhout, Amanda. A House in the Sky. 2013. (chosen twice)

Brennan, Nigel. The Price of Life : the true story of an Australian held to ransom for 462 days. 2012. (Brennan and Lindhout (see above) were kidnapped together.)

Viswanathan, Padma. The Ever After of Ashwin Rao. 2014.

Worth, Jennifer. Call the Midwife. [book series & DVDs]. 2005-2012.

Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: the girl who was shot by the Taliban. 2013.

Nemat, Marina. Prisoner of Tehran. 2007.

Barnett, Kristine. The Spark : a mother’s story of nurturing genius. 2013.

Northup, Solomon. 12 Years a Slave. 2013.

Seniors Book Club Christmas Party

Books red ribbonThe Seniors Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, December 10th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room for our Christmas Party. We will be having a “secret” gift exchange so please bring a wrapped new or gently used book, and be prepared to talk briefly about a book you have enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

Hope you can join us!

Seasons Best Wishes,

Sandra and Luise




Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party

Christmas cookiesThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, December 8th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall for our Christmas Party. Please bring a plate of treats to share, a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret” book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

This is always a merry time.  Hope you can join us!

Sandra and Luise