Book: The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
When the men of a remote Hungarian village go off to war in 1916, the women left behind realize their lives are much better without them. Suddenly, they are not being beaten; they have time for friendships; they even find romance with the injured Italian soldiers staying just outside of town.
For Sari, an intelligent girl who's always been an outcast (her fellow villagers suspect her of being a witch because of her medical knowledge), it's the first time in her life she's had friends. When the men return at war's end, the freedom Sari and the others have enjoyed is suddenly snatched from them, and they realize they need to do whatever it takes to hold onto it. Sari puts her medical knowledge to use to off her husband. Then she helps one of her friends. And another. When the word spreads, she realizes her problems are only beginning. This creeping and hugely readable first novel is based on a true story.
(Thanks to Rose for the recommendation!)
Hike: Dakota Ridge/Sanitas Valley
The Dakota ridge trail runs along the East of Mt. Sanitas. If everyone feels up to it and the weather is good, we can hike Mt. Sanitas, but otherwise we will stick to the Dakota ridge trail. It is relatively flat, and around 3 miles round trip.
We will meet at Vic's and carpool to the trailhead (parking is limited). If the weather is bad, we will discuss the book at Vic's over some coffee.