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september book club

I look forward to Book Club every month. Not only for the socialization and the excuse to find time to actually read a book, but also to see what my talented and creative friends come up with in the way of food (it's always potluck). This isn't your average "bring-a-bag-of-chips" book club. No, thanks to my friend Andrea, our Book Club has been elevated to new heights and we all wait anxiously to see what she is going to come up with for the coming month.

For September, our book selection was The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. The synopsis is this: a little girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. It is a book that I couldn't put down and I highly recommend it.


My fellow friends and readers were inspired by the English setting and we feasted on a dinner of roasted sweet potatoes, stuffed mushrooms and delicious chicken pot pies.


The piece de resistance was Andrea's chocolate cake "garden" complete with meringue mushrooms. It was truly a work of art and tasted delicious. Andrea is hosting book club for October so stay tuned for something fabulous!

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I love a good book recommendation. I just picked up Paris to the Moon from a post of yours. Thanks.

One of my favorite books I've read this year, and one I've been recommending to all my friends, so I was thrilled to see this post. I love your site!

10.8 | Unregistered CommenterMona

What a gorgeous cake!! I love book clubs; they're the best!

10.8 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Oh, great! No pressure or anything...
Thanks for the compliments, A... you are too sweet.
I feel the same about our BC!

10.8 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Sounds awesome! Did you create your own book club?

10.11 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Thank you so much for the suggestion of this terrific-sounding book. I get so overwhelmed when I go "book shopping" and I appreciate the short "book report". I am a teacher and love to read books for fun......maybe a book club is in my future.

10.11 | Unregistered Commentermrs c

OUr book club just read that last month too! It's one of my all time favorites. Have you read "Book Thief" yet? Another of my tops! :)

10.19 | Unregistered Commentersinika

I miss my über talented and chic friends! See you soon!

Just came across your blog and just had to comment that I LOVED this book! Picked it up after reading another book by Kate Morton and I just loved the story.

10.29 | Unregistered Commenterellen

My book club also read this book recently! I loved it and hated having to put it down to go to bed!

I read this book too and LOVED it. One of my top ten. The House at Riverton was even better.

12.5 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

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