Our latest book club was on another very wet evening, so there were move of us using 4-wheels instead of 2! Our planning of the weather has slipped somewhat recently! It was, of course, great to see everyone and also gave us the chance to check-out a friend’s recently built extension in the house we were meeting up in, all very exciting.
Our book was “The Seamstress”, and for the first time, I did not reach the end! So here’s a bit about the book ….. It is set in Spain in 1936 on the brink of civil war. The lead character, Sira Quiroga, was apprenticed to a Madrid dressmaker. As she masters the seamstress’s art, her life seems to be clearly mapped out – until she falls passionately in love and flees with her seductive lover. But in Morocco she is betrayed and left penniless. As civil war engulfs Spain, Sira turns to her one true skill – and sews beautiful clothes for the expat elite and their German friends. With Europe rumbling towards war, Sira is lured back to Franco’s Nazis-friendly Spain. She is drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and where the greatest danger lies. . . I enjoyed the bit of the book I read, although it did not particularly “take me with it”, and I did manage to put it down; I suspect this was partly due to the fact that I have been extremely tired.
It was the first book that split the group, and one of the few books that we have really discussed in detail. We also chatted about Spanish history at that time. It was great and I think we maybe heading towards being a “real book club”, rather than a “wine club”! Afterwards we skyped our long lost book club member in KL, and had a quick chat via an iPhone. Brilliant.
As we have a longer break than normal before the next book club, we are attempting two books – “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson and “Is it just me” by “Miranda Hart. Both are apparently very funny….
BOOK CLUB HISTORY: “One Day” by David Nicholls; “Before I Go To Sleep” by S J Watson; “Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes; “Vanishing Point” by Danielle Ramsay; “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James; “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri; “Sworn Secret” by Amanda Jennings and “The Seamstress” by Maria Duenas.