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.
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!