Ever since starting this blog nearly three years ago, I have wanted to have a book club. Actually my desire for my book club goes past that, but I knew that it was something that I eventually wanted to implement with this blog. Books are such a big part of my life and I love talking to fellow book lovers about the books we are reading. So, since it’s the start of a new year, the Be Loverly Book Club is here, and you get to be part of it!
Before I get to this month’s pick, let’s go over how this will work. Each month, I will choose a book (often with your input) and share it within the first week of the month. If you want to join in that month, feel free to buy the book, borrow it from a friend or your local library, or grab it off your shelf if you’re like me and always have books to be read in your bookcase. At the end of the month (usually the last Thursday), I will share a blog post on my general thoughts, and then I will do an Instagram or Facebook live sometime that day (depending on where people want to chat) to discuss it with everyone. I will be sure to give you some notice on when I’m planning to do the Instagram or Facebook live, so you’ll know when to tune in.
When trying to pick a book this month, I looked through my shelves, and through my Goodreads to-read list. I wanted to pick something that would appeal to the majority of people, wouldn’t be too long and I hadn’t read yet. I came up with four options, and decided to share those choices with my readers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Two of the books were tied, so I got to make the final choice. For those whose pick didn’t win this month, don’t worry because we will be doing it this year (mostly likely next month).
For those that want to know more, here’s the description:
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.
I’m really looking forward to reading this one with you, and chatting about it at the end of the month. I will be posting my review and live stream to discuss on January 25th.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions for future month picks!
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