Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read? We do too!
We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 am.
Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, February 7 at 11:00.
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it.
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.
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We meet on the first Wednesday of the month. Our next session will be on Wednesday,January 17 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.
*Registration requested. Please call the library at 309.243.5716 to reserve your spot.
Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October at 9:45 am.
We’ll gather in the library parking lot at 9:45 on January 25 to walk the trail* while we discuss An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.
*Weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating then we will meet by the fireplace inside the library.
This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. “A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York….an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter” (Kirkus Reviews).
Stopping was never part of the plan…
She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.
February 22: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Meets every other month on the 2nd Monday in January, March, May, July, September, & November @ 6:30 pm.
Love mystery & suspense?
Monday evening, March 12 at 6:30!
We will be discussing ILL WILL by Dan Chaon.
A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.
Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.
May 14 – The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
July 9 – Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
September 10 – The Dry by Jane Harper
November 5 – The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Creative Artists & Crafters Tackle Unfinished Stuff Club
Usually the 1st Friday of the month from 10:00 until noon (drop-in style). Meets September – June.
Our next meeting will be on Friday, January 19.
The meeting room for our next CACTUS Club gathering will be open from 10 to noon to work on all of your unfinished projects. Our challenge reveal, should you choose to participate, will be at 10:30!
We provide the tables…you bring your unfinished projects to work on. Meet others to share ideas & learn new techniques!
Hope you can join us. Bring a friend!