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Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions

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

Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions

If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Dear Edward and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.

You can also check out the second post in the series where I share several great food ideas for your book club based on the book HERE.

Dear Edward

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Dear Edward and share book club discussion questions that are sure to get your book club talking!

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The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Book of Lost Friends, I provide your book club with food ideas, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe

In The Book of Lost Friends, Lisa Wingate conquers another fascinating, yet obscure, piece of American history. Not to be confused with The Book of Lost Names, which came out around the same time and centers on a WWII story (and is also fascinating), The Book of Lost Friends is a post-Civil War era novel.

This is another dual-timeline novel by Wingate. It follows Hannie, a freed slave, as she travels through post-war Texas in search of her people and attempts to return home to Louisiana, and Benny, a modern-day teacher, struggling to inspire her students until she unearths a history that links them to Hannie and much more.

I have to say that as much as I enjoyed Before We Were Yours, Wingate’s last book, I almost enjoyed The Book of Lost Friends more.

I really loved the post-Civil War timeline (Civil War era is one of my personal favorites), coupled with the struggling teacher timeline. If you are or have ever been a teacher, I think you will love Benny’s story. It echoes the teacher-trying-to-inspire-underpriveleged-kids theme that we’ve seen in many movies, but I thought the tie-in to the Civil War timeline made it fresh. Plus, I’m a sucker for those movies anyway.

This novel wasn’t as dark as Before We Were Yours was (due to its subject). And, while there was still adventure and drama and not every character got a complete happily-ever-after, it was overall an upbeat novel. So, if you’re looking for something inspiring and positive to read as a group, I think you will enjoy this novel.

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How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I’ll share How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time!

How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

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If you are like me, you don’t have the time or the money to waste on books you just don’t like. And, the books your best friend loves may not be the books you love.

While reviews on the internet have helped many readers understand more about a book than just the back cover reveals, sometimes those aren’t really helpful either.

It all comes down to personal taste.

So, let me share with you some of the tips and tricks that I’ve found useful when I’m looking for my next great read. Let’s get started learning how to find books you will love every single time!

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Ask Again, Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Ask Again, Yes, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe

If your book club is looking for a book about second chances, a story about forgiveness despite continued messiness, a novel with characters that ring true-to-life, then Ask Again, Yes, should be on your list.

Ask Again, Yes is a novel about hope, about forgiveness and second chances, so despite dealing with some characters with serious flaws who do some pretty terrible things in the beginning, this novel left me feeling, well, hopeful in humanity.

Ask Again, Yes

Like many other readers on the web have noted, this novel starts off heavy and I’ll admit I had a little trouble getting into the novel because I kept expecting it to take darker and darker turns, but ultimately this wasn’t true.

The novel follows two families, the Stanhopes and the Gleesons, over a span of thirty years as their bonds to one another are tested time and again, almost severing on one terrible night.

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This Tender Land Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For This Tender Land, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

This Tender Land Book Club Questions and Recipe
This Tender Land Book Club Questions and Recipe
This Tender Land Book Club Questions and Recipe
This Tender Land Book Club Questions and Recipe

If you’ve been stuck in a reading rut lately, especially due to the pandemic (or just life in general), then This Tender Land could be the next read for you. It’s a character-driven adventure story with all the feels, but it won’t leave you emotionally fatigued. I truly loved this book.

The novel centers around two young brothers and their two friends, a mute American Indian and a sweet-hearted girl with a mysterious gift. All four characters begin their journey at a brutal reformatory-like institution called the Lincoln Indian Training School. All four characters are orphans longing for family.

This Tender Land

The story follows the group as they make a narrow escape from the school after an accidental crime is committed and set out for a new home, making their journey down the Mississippi river. Along the way they encounter drifters, struggling farmers, and faith healers.

The book, set against the backdrop of the American midwest during the Great Depression, is a beautiful coming-of-age that explores questions of faith, love, and belonging.

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