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Book Club | Autumn Reads

Author: Lauren Coleman

I’m going to hold my hands up and declare I am absolutely terrible at running the Book Club. I haven’t even finished Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark but rather than hold up the proceedings while I dilly-dally, lets reveal the reads to snuggle up to over the long nights we have ahead.

The lovely Emma Kingston is far better than me at this lark and has actually already read and completed her reviews and Lisa is hot on her tails reviewing two more titles. So what do we have in store for you?

The Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchinson {Thriller}

The Synopsis
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding. Buy the book on Amazon.

The Marble Collector | Cecelia Ahern {Contemporary Fiction}

The Synopsis
A box of possessions.
A father with no memory.
A daughter with just one day to piece together the past.

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts.

In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least. Get your hands on a copy from Amazon.

Love From Boy | Roald Dahl’s Letters to His Mother | Donald Sturrock {Biography}

The Synopsis
‘Dear Mama,
I am having a lovely time here. We play football every day here. The beds have no springs . . .’

So begins the first letter that a nine-year-old Roald Dahl penned to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, under the watchful eye of his boarding-school headmaster. For most of his life, Roald Dahl would continue to write weekly letters to his mother, chronicling his adventures, frustrations and opinions, from the delights of childhood to the excitements of flying as a World War II fighter pilot and the thrill of meeting top politicians and movie stars during his time as a diplomat and spy in Washington. And, unbeknown to Roald, his mother lovingly kept every single one of them. Buy your own edition from Amazon.

Go Set A Watchman | Harper Lee | {Classics}

The Synopsis

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience. Visit Amazon to buy the book or discover the review of To Kill a Mockingbird in our Book Club archives.

What are you currently reading? Any of these books taking your fancy? Oh and the dreamy image above which bears absolutely no resemblance to the titles we’ve chosen? This comes from a minimoon holiday cottage tour Adam will be sharing in a couple of weeks. See you on the 11th of November when Emma reviews The Butterfly Garden.

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14 thoughts on “Book Club | Autumn Reads

  1. I’ve got Go Set a Watchman by the side of my bed but have been reluctant to read it in case I don’t love it as much as To Kill a Mockingbird! But I will give it a go.

    I’ve just finished Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty which was a pretty good murder mystery page turner set in the murky world of a primary school playground in Australia. And I’m trying to read all of Mhairi MacFarlane’s books. They’re laugh out loud funny takes on ‘chick lit’. A term I hate by the way!

  2. I’ve just finished ‘Where My Heart Used to Beat’ Siobhan! I kept waiting for it to get going… I am about to start ‘The Girl on the Train’, aware that I’m a bit late to that one.

    ‘The Butterfly Garden’ sounds intriguing. Off to buy that now…

    1. I’m off to buy this this weekend Milly. I may have to read the originals again first. Just to refresh my memory!! x

    1. Hi Hariette, it’s lovely isn’t it? I can’t be entirely sure as this snap was taken in Adam’s Minimoon cottage but the White Company have something very similar.

  3. I’m reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris at the moment, still making my mind up about it. I also have Breakfast at Tiffany’s lined up for my book club. I loved Go Set A Watchman – as its a draft it will never be quite as good as TKAMB but it’s great to revisit the characters.

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