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The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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

The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you love British novels, especially feel-good ones, then The Jane Austen Society is just your type of book. Set in post WWII England, the book takes place in the small village of Chawton.

You might recognize Chawton as it was one of the places Jane Austen lived during her lifetime.

The book fictionalizes the attempt to secure Jane Austen’s cottage in Chawton along with some of her things for historical purposes. Which by the way, is a real place. You can check it out HERE!

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you’ll love that the characters in this novel are too and her works are referenced throughout the novel. In fact, you might catch a few similarities between the characters in this novel and those of Miss Austen.

The Vanishing Half Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Vanishing Half Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Vanishing Half Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett’s sophomore novel, is a moving saga of a family from rural Louisiana. An exploration of identity, what defines us, and how we allow outside forces to limit us, it is a truly exceptional work.

The novel follows twin black sisters, Stella and Desiree, as they attempt to shed their small town roots and make their own ways in the world. When Stella makes the irrevocable decision to pass as white, it creates a divide between the sisters and in the family that echoes for generations.

As the family grows and changes over time, the twins’ separate lives remain intertwined despite their efforts and the question of what defines a person reverberates through their lives.

A truly bittersweet and thought-provoking novel, it is one of my favorites of the year. I’m honestly surprised it hasn’t won more awards.

If you are looking for a Black Lives Matter book, this would be a great choice. But it honestly goes beyond BLM to cultivate empathy in the reader for all people with the understanding that who we are is much more complicated than anything seen on the surface.

The Maidens Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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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.

Dinner on Primrose Hill Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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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.

The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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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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