Zoom Book Club

All adults are welcome to join our book discussion group on Thursday January 21st at 7:00 pm.  We will be doing "Your Favorite Book" for the next several months until the library opens to the general public. 

 

Topic: First Church Portland Book Discussion GroupTime: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Book:   A Strange Turn 

Author:  Nicholas Sparks

I have read every Nicholas Sparks books.  I am a hopeless romantic.  Most of his books take place in North Carolina.

This book I had to keep going back on my kindle to see if this truly was by Nicholas Sparks.  

This was a murder mystery. It takes place in Chicago and New York City.  

It was a fantastic book. (read it twice). Very suspenseful and with an ending you would never have imagined

I was happy to read a different genre by Nicholas Sparks because he is such a great writer.  

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My book was called Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John Barry. 

 

Williams is a brilliant scholar and preacher who has earned respect by many in England but travels to the new world where he becomes an outcast of the separatists for his tolerance of other religions and sympathy of native people. He is banished to Providence and gets a charter from England for the plantation there where he creates the First Baptist Church. His becomes known for his strong opinions regarding the the separation of church and state.

 

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Book:  “Deadly Pursuit” by Jo Bannister. 

 It is a British mystery and it is the seventh book in the Gabriel Ash and Hazel Best series.  This was a good mystery with lots of twists.  It kept me as the reader guessing throughout the book.  The characters in the book were well developed.  The author has a true insight into the human mind and is able to communicate this knowledge into her stories.  I liked the characters despite their shortcomings and strengths.  Plus, it helps to have a large mutt dog as one of the book’s characters.  For dog lovers reading the book, it adds to the story and the real-ness of the characters.

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"The Evening and the Morning"  By Ken Follett

  Prequel to "The Pillars of the Earth"  This story focuses on three people who's live intertwine during the dawn of a new Age - The Middle Ages.  The three main characters are a young boat builder who loses the love of his life to a Viking raid, a Norman Noblewoman who comes to England  to marry into a rich land owning family and an ambitious Prior who wants to build a center for learning.  The three find themselves embroiled in battles not only of war with Vikings but with people living in their midst.  Compelling and engrossing.

 

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Before We Were Yours   By Lisa Wingate

(Based on the true story of Georgia Tann who kidnapped and sold children to wealthy families from the 1930s into the 1950s)

Here are some reviews from the last discussion.