Telling the Bees ~ By Peggy Hesketh

  Telling the Bees is a beautifully written story that has left a forever imprint on my soul. Set in early Orange County, California when orange orchards dotted the landscape.  The book tells a story of family, love, mystery and friendship. The author pulls from personal stories and the people who have played a role in her life to write this fascinating story of Albert, the bee keeper.  I fell in love with Albert.  He reminded me so much of my grandfather.  I longed to sit at the table and have toast, honey and tea with him.  Albert is kind, quiet and a loner living
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The Rose Garden ~ By Susanna Kearsley

  Present day, Eva Ward leaves her job and home in California.  Checking out of her stressful life, this trip is personal. Traveling to the Cornish coast in Britain stay with childhood friends. Arriving at the estate, memories come flooding back to Eva,  happier times when she visited with her family.  Eva learns that the estate is in financial trouble. On a mission, she works to help her friends save their business and home.
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The Language of Threads ~ By Gail Tsukiyama

  The Language of Threads begins where the Women of the Silk leaves us. The author, vividly brings Pei’s story to life once again.  Pei is now a strong young woman.  Fighting to  escape China due to the war and the dangers that lurk at every turn.  Pei’s journey takes her to Hong Kong.
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Women of the Silk, ~ By Gail Tsukiyama

  Wow, I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this book.  We all have read that one book that takes a while to get into.  Women of the Silk grabbed me within the first few pages.  I love a book that teaches me something new, something I had no idea existed, Women of the Silk is one of those books.  When it was finished I am sad to see it go. The story begins in 1919 We are introduced to a very poor Chinese family, living in the countryside of China. The father is a fisherman, a man who loves his family. He shows
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Songs of Willow Frost ~ By Jamie Ford

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford is a book that I doubt I would have chosen on my own to read.  I can’t really explain why, but it wasn’t on my radar.  I am so glad our book club picked this book. The time is 1934 in Seattle, Washington.  Twelve year old William Eng is living at Sacred Heart, an orphanage outside the city.  The orphanage chooses one day each year to celebrate all of the children’s birthdays.  This year, the nuns have chosen to take the kids to a theater downtown Seattle.  A woman comes out on stage to
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The Chaperone ~ By Laura Moriarty

Historical fiction is not a genre that I have read very much. However, I am finding it is one of my favorites. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty didn’t disappoint.  I chose this book for book club and was thrilled with the decision.  Honestly, I couldn’t put the book down.
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