February 2013

The meeting was held at Jan’s and she served a fruit salad and seafood soup made with a “cheater’s broth”. The recipe is posted on the recipe page of this site. Linda made a delicious chocolate mouse cake for dessert.

Jan, Ann, Kathy, Cindy, Karen, Linda and Sandie attended the meeting and Pat could only stay for a few minutes.

The book for the month was The Winter Palace, by Eva Stachniak, a historical fiction about Catherine The Great. Some members loved the book and were able to follow the story and others found it difficult to identify with the characters. There is a sequel in the works.

Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie was also recommended by Cindy.

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter was recommended by Kathy as a “good summer read.”

Sandie mentioned that Beautiful Ruins is currently available at Audible.com for $7.49 (3-month trial period) for members who want to download audio versions of books. Check it out at http://www.audible.com/offers.

11.22.63, by Stephen King, is highly recommended by Cindy. It is a departure from his usual horror story style of writing. The premise of this suspensful book involves the characher traveling 50 years back in time to try to prevent the murder of John F. Kennedy.

Kathy enjoyed Kate Morton’s, The Distant Hours.

The March 26th meeting will be at Karen’s. Jan won’t be able to attend, so dessert will be provided by Cindy. The book for March is The Art of Hearing Hartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

The April 30th meeting will be at Cindy’s with Karen providing dessert. The book for April is Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig. Linda and Sandie will be unable to attend, due to thier Panama Canal cruise.

The last meeting of the year will be held at Sandie’s new home at Neptune Beach on June 11. Jan will provide dessert. The book to be disussed at this meeting will be Language of Flowers , by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.