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The Reading Circle: A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel #2

Ashton Lee

ISBN 9780758273420
Publish Date 3/25/2014
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Kensington, General

“This lighthearted, cozy read brought a smile to my face. Lovers of small town fiction are going to fall in love with The Reading Circle.” --Marie Bostwick, author of Between Heaven and Texas

Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike…

If some folks had their way, the Cherico library would have shut down long ago. Councilman Durden Sparks aims to divert funding to a cause dear to his heart—and his wallet. With the aid of gumption and good friends, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew has finagled a one-year reprieve, and the burgeoning book club is raising the library’s profile one mouthwatering meeting at a time. But more members mean more opinions…

While the Forrest Gump-themed shrimp dishes are a universal hit, meetings don’t always go according to plan. Between spirited debate over book choices and surprising revelations and relationship hiccups—including Maura Beth’s fledgling romance—there’s a lot to discuss. And just when bad luck threatens to finish the library for good, the Cherry Cola Book Club may learn that the best stories have twists—and heroes—you never expected…

“Prepare to be charmed by the folks of Cherico and root for Maura Beth, the intrepid librarian determined to make books one more tie that binds them all together.” --Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Revisit the book club argument between Maura Beth and Jeremy early in the novel. Pick a side and tell why you support it.

2. Have you changed your opinion positively or negatively about a character or characters after reading this second novel in the series?

3. What was the biggest surprise for you in this plot?

4. What is your favorite sequence?

5. Would you like to live in Cherico? If so, why? If not, why not?

6. Do you think Maura Beth is making/can make a difference in Cherico?

7. Of all the couples in the series, who do you think has the most realistic, well-adjusted relationship?

8. Which character touches you the most?

9. Which character annoys you the most?

10. How do you view Maura Beth’s notion that the book club is an “alternative family” of sorts?

About Ashton Lee:

Ashton Lee was born in historic Natchez, Mississippi, into a large, extended Southern family which gave him much fodder for his fiction later in life. His father, who wrote under the pen name of R. Keene Lee right after WWII, was an editor and writer in New York of what is now called pulp fiction. As a result, Ashton inherited a love of reading and writing early on and did all the things aspiring authors are supposed to do, including majoring in English when he attended The University of the South, affectionately known as Sewanee. While there, he studied Creative Writing under Andrew Lytle, then editor of the Sewanee Review, and a member of the Southern Agrarians in the 1920s.

Ashton lives in Oxford, MS, enjoying the amenities of a university town that many writers have called home. Readers can like Ashton Lee at: facebook.com/ashtonlee.net.

Photo Credit: Ellen Ogden Hefley



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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

Average Customer Review

Based on 2 reviews


Customer Review

saving the library, part 2 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)
Reviewer: jbarr

The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
Read the first book in this series and glad to see it continue. Such great ideas for keeping the library open and the community using it for many things.
Although it should help prove to the town council of its usefulness there is the old boy network at play still that thinks the money should go towards a park with their name on it.
Like how Maura Beth interacts with such a group of people with not much in common. Love hearing the latest on the townsfolk that were also in the first book.
So many events taking place and will they outwit Councilman Sparks once and for all...Love the ending and especially all the bonus recipes!
I received this book from Kenssington Books Co.

the reading circle (Tuesday, March 18, 2014)
Reviewer: Julie Barrett

The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
Read the first book in this series and glad to see it continue. Such great ideas for keeping the library open and the community using it for many things.
Although it should help prove to the town coucil of its usefullness there is the old boy network at play still that thinks the money should go towards a park with their name on it.
Like how Maura Beth interacts with such a group of people with not much in common. Love hearing the latest on the townsfolk that were also in the first book.
So many events taking place and will they outwite Councilman Sparks once and for all...Love the ending and especially all the bonus recipes!
I received this book from Kenssington Books Co.


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