Month: October 2021

The Maidens Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Maidens, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Maidens Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Maidens Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

After his wildly popular debut, The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides has finally released his sophomore novel, The Maidens. Another thriller, The Maidens, takes place in England, primarily on the Cambridge campus.

The novel follows Mariana Andros, a grieving widow and a group therapist, who becomes obsessed with a series of murders that occur at Cambridge. Her main suspect is Greek tragedy professor, Edward Fosca.

Readers who love the recent themes from Greek mythology that are taking the book world by storm (think Circe and A Thousand Ships, among others), will love this thriller rife with Greek mythology references.

While there is a brief return of some characters from The Silent Patient, the references are light and not essential to the storyline, so if you haven’t read The Silent Patient don’t fret. Some readers may be slightly confused as the timeline suggests that The Maidens may have taken place before the events of The Silent Patient, but, again, it isn’t too distracting.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite cold-weather dishes. There’s nothing quite like the warm, hearty filling and flaky crust. Comfort food at its best!

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created by the wonderful Jodi Thomas and inspired by her romance Dinner on Primrose Hill. Jodi was generous enough to share this absolutely delicious (and EASY!) recipe with me.

Jodi Thomas has written over 50 books in her career. Her romances are sweet with just enough spice and sprinkled with the perfect amount of mystery. If you love reading, check out more about Dinner on Primrose Hill HERE!

You’ll love this simple take on Chicken Pot Pie. You can make it on the stove or in a crockpot and you can choose to dress it up with puff pastry topping like I did or eat it without. Every way is yummy and heart-warming (just like Jodi Thomas’ books!).

I’m sure you’ll love divulging in this easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup while you read your favorite romance or watch Hallmark movies this season!

Dinner on Primrose Hill Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Dinner on Primrose Hill, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

Dinner on Primrose Hill Book Club Questions and Recipe
Dinner on Primrose Hill Book Club Questions and Recipe

In the world of Texas Romance, Jodi Thomas is the queen. With over 50 Texas romances under her belt, she’s written historical and contemporary stories that continue to delight readers.

Dinner on Primrose Hill is the third book in her Honey Creek Series. I featured the other two books, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe and Picnic in Someday Valley, earlier.

The books are all set in a small county in Texas. Each novel features three romantic storylines between six characters. And all of the books have a little mystery to solve as well.

Of the three, Dinner on Primrose Hill may be my favorite. I loved that the book is set in a small college town. I also really enjoyed all three romantic storylines, especially the romance between two middle aged professors who have given up on love.

The professors join forces for a project on “The Chemistry of Mating” and they discover more than they intended.

If you’ve read Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, you’ll be delighted to know that several of the original characters surface in this book as well.

Caramel Apple Cake

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for Caramel Apple Cake!

Caramel Apple Cake - The Perfect Fall Dessert
Caramel Apple Cake – The Perfect Fall Dessert

Whether it’s fall, winter, or the middle of summer, nothing beats a slice of spice cake, a warm cup of coffee, and good discussion with your closest friends. That includes your book club!

This spice cake made with apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans is comforting and delicious.

The addition of the caramel icing on the cake adds a depth of flavor and a sweetness that compliments the spice nicely and brings out the tartness of the Granny Smith apples (just like a caramel apple).

Cooked in a Bundt pan, the cake forms a nice crust on the outside while remaining soft on the inside—my favorite.

Fall is my favorite time to curl up with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a special treat. This Caramel Apple Cake is the perfect compliment to my reading time. Indulgent, full of apples, and drizzled with caramel, there’s nothing that says “It’s Fall!” like this dessert.

The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Lost Apothecary, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

The Lost Apothecary is Sarah Penner’s debut novel. A dual-timeline story split between present day and late 1700s London, it is one of my favorite novels of the year.

The split timeline along with plenty of tension made for a fun and fast read. Despite feeling like it was a quick read, the characters were well-developed and complex. And the plot was well-crafted and satisfying.

In present day, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell finds herself broken-hearted and on her ten-year anniversary trip alone. When she stumbles upon a rare bottle on the Thames, it propels her on a journey to discover the bottle’s origins and the dark purpose it once held.

In 1790s London, an apothecary who aids troubled women is unexpectedly undermined by her newest patron, a meddling twelve-year-old, and the consequences will echo through their lives and to the present day.

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