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DECEMBER BOOK CLUB

  • Dec 21, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Hi All, because it is going to be the Christmas Season we will be meeting at Co-Organizer Ellen Nicholson's Home for a Pot Luck Brunch - everyone bring sides that go with an Egg Dish that I will make.  Please also bring a gift wrapped book new or used that you want to give away in our holiday grab bag.

Our book we will be discussing will fit the enchantment of the season: We are going to be discussing Rhonda Riley's The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope. In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.
Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn's being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.
Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam's supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.
Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary.
Happy Holidays - hope you will all come to the brunch - please post what you are bringing.

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  • Nancy D.

    Both non fiction and fiction selections are welcome. We have read both in the past.

    December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great!..thank you!

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK CLUB...DO WE ADD NON FICTION TO OUR SELECTION CHOICES?..HAVE NOT RECEIVED RESPONSE YET ?

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful brunch organized by Ellen. Thank you to whoever gave the book "Moonlight on Linoleum" in the book exchange. I look forward to reading it

    December 27, 2013

  • Hal G.

    I can only say that missing that special event at Ellen's was indeed regrettable but that was imparted to all previously and I look forward to the next event. Hal

    December 27, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    I had a wonderful time at the brunch. Thanks to Ellen for hosting and everyone else for the goodies and books! I also wanted to mention I had no problem getting Wolf Hall from Selby. I see it is also available through the Manatee Library system. Thanks again and see you soon.

    December 26, 2013

  • judy r.

    Had a fabulous time. Thanks for opening your home Ellen. It was wonderful discussing this unusual book--lots of levels to talk about.The brunch was delicious. I look forward to the January meeting.

    December 24, 2013

  • Mary P.

    I will have a Bloody Mary. thank you.

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How nice offering drinks....

    December 23, 2013

  • Hal G.

    Macaroni salad and German potato salad.

    December 23, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    Sorry you missed us...we wanted to know what kind of "side" dish you were bringing. :) I'm not sure they will let us drink in the library so we have to see about a future meetup after the holidays!

    December 23, 2013

  • Hal G.

    Regrettably I missed the meeting at Ellen's home. An unexpected guest showed up. I even had my "side" dish ready to go but to no avail. I owe all a drink and I'm serious. Please advise.
    Hal

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey gals, did you see the article in todays Herald Trib, section B, on the springs of central FL? I found it especially interesting since we just read about them in "Adam Hope" and now we get to see a picture of the caves where they dove (and he probably "died") :-)

    Thanks Ellen for hosting such a fun event and to you and Nancy for heading up such an interesting group !!!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL !!!!

    December 22, 2013

    • Debbie Baraona -

      I will look in the newspaper today!

      December 22, 2013

    • Dolores R.

      Saw the article-hope they can find a way to keep the springs vibrant. After all that is where Adam is

      December 22, 2013

  • Debbie Baraona -

    I had a wonderful time at my first meeting. I can't wait to go to the next one. I enjoyed discussing this well written book with many themes. I loved getting to know so many friendly ladies. Ellen, thank you for opening up your house for this wonderful get together. Thank you Nancy for leading so many enthusistic readers in a lively discussion.

    December 21, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    Thanks to Ellen for opening her home to host this delightful holiday gathering. I enjoyed our lively discussion and look forward to more in 2014! A warm welcome to our new members and current members who joined us today. See you next year.

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to meet women who share my passion for reading.

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks all who contributed to our delightful Holiday Brunch!! Happy Holidays - see you next year!

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun! Greaf Folks!

    December 21, 2013

  • Dolores R.

    Wonderful insightful discussion. Thank you, Ellen for hosting our Xmas meeting at your home. I truly enjoyed our discussion of the book. Thanks also, Nancy for leading our discussion. May you all enjoy a healthy, New Year

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Miss Ellen, SO sorry to cancel so late! I'm getting a big TV and surround sound system for Christmas and they are able to deliver and install it....SATURDAY morning! Ugghh! Too much at once! Merry Christmas to all... I've got my January book selection already and I look forward to the next meeting!

    December 20, 2013

  • Donna W.

    Bill & I will not be able to attend this month. Ellen, thank you for your hospitality. I am sure it will be a delicious meeting. Hope to see everyone for January meeting.

    December 16, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    We'll miss you Jane! Happy holidays and see you next year.

    December 15, 2013

  • judy r.

    Hi, Looking forward to meeting all of you and discussing the book. II'll bring hummus and veggies

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry not to be able to attend - i have a new part time job downtown and of course working saturdays before the Christmas holiday is carved in stone. best wishes to all for a lovely holiday. have fun.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will pick up with the group in January. Look forward to meeting then. Happy Holidays to all.

    December 14, 2013

  • Debbie Baraona -

    I will banana bread

    December 10, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    Looks like there is enough sweets so I will bring bagels and cream cheese instead of pastries. Sorry for any confusion!

    December 10, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    Look forward to seeing everyone. I will bring eggnog and pastries.

    December 9, 2013

  • Patti

    I am also new to the group and relatively new to the area. I am looking forward to making new friends! I will bring fruit. Happy Holidays!

    December 8, 2013

  • judy r.

    Hi, I' brand new to the group and look foward to meeting everyone. Judy Rothauser

    December 3, 2013

  • Hal G.

    I'm new to the group and look forward to attending the next meetup. Since I'm not knowledgeable about "sides", I welcome
    any ideas and where I can obtain same. Thanks.

    December 2, 2013

  • Ann D.

    dish. I'll bring a variety of yogurts.

    November 26, 2013

  • Ann D.

    I'm changing what I'm bringing. I just saw the note about the sides for an egg

    November 26, 2013

  • Ann D.

    I'll bring chicken salad

    November 26, 2013

  • Joan B.

    I will bring ice tea - sweet and unsweet

    November 24, 2013

  • Mary P.

    I will bring fruit and muffins

    November 17, 2013

  • Dolores R.

    Looking forward to it! I will bring pumpkin bread or a apple cake!

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring a spinach salad.

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town for this one. Read book and thought it was OK. Characters were well developed and easy to like, but fantasy like this is a bit of a stretch for me. If the underlying message is we are heavily formed by our environment, OK.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry to have to miss this. We already have ticket to the Nutcracker Ballet that day.

    September 23, 2013

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