Author Guest Post
Host A Book Club Meeting For Finding Home
Book One Of The Hometown Harbor Series
By: Tammy L. Grace
I’ve been a member of various book clubs over the years. Some I have enjoyed and others not so much. I don’t like to feel like a book is homework and a weight on my shoulders. I read for enjoyment and if a book doesn’t hold my attention or make me care about the characters, I toss it and won’t read it. I also like clubs made up of different age groups and experiences. I want each member to participate and feel free to share her opinions.
Other pluses that add to the fun include refreshments, music, decorations, and a style that evokes the setting or feel of the book. With these thoughts in mind, I’d like to share some ideas to consider when hosting a meeting featuring Finding Home.
Food won’t be a problem since the main character, Sam, loves to bake. You may want to include a selection of pies for dessert. An apple streusel, chocolate cream, and lemon meringue would be yummy. A batch of brownies would also be appropriate. If you serve a meal you could make seafood pasta and add some fresh baked bread or do a homemade soup and crispy salad.
Much of the story takes place in Sam’s coffee shop, so make sure to stock up on a selection of teas and brew some coffee. Iced tea and lemonade would be a nice addition for summer meetings.
Finding Home is set in the picturesque island community of Friday Harbor. Put on some soft music, perhaps nature sounds of the waves on the beach, or an instrumental by Yiruma. Fresh cut flowers and simple glass vases filled with sand and pebbles the color of sea glass along with a few shells or sand dollars would be ideal décor. Anything with whales, water, or kayaks would add to the ambiance.
There’s no need to dress up, since most of the characters are casual and jeans and t-shirts or sweaters will suffice. Unless your club has a daring member who wishes to portray the town man-eater, Brenda, and dress in a clingy, low cut dress!
Some of my favorite scenes in Finding Home include conversations around the fire pit or on the deck of Sam’s fabulous house. If you have the luxury of a fire pit or a deck, it would be a wonderful place to gather your favorite bibliophiles for a discussion. Dogs are welcome since Zoe and Bailey are practically main characters.
We have the menu, music, décor, and style. Now get ready for a fun conversation and discuss your favorite characters and scenes.
~Does anyone in the group relate to Sam’s problems and emotions in the first part of the book?
~Has anyone ever moved to a new place not knowing anyone?
~Discuss the pros and cons of living in a small community.
~How would you handle the unexpected news Sam receives?
~Discuss the underlying themes of forgiveness and trust in the book.
The second book in the series, Home Blooms, is now available on Amazon.com.
Return to the picturesque island community where you’ll check in with your old friends and meet a few new ones along the way.
Linda is knee deep in bouquets and boutonnieres, designing a beautiful ceremony for Sam and Jeff. The bride’s matchmaking plot takes shape as she volunteers her best friend, Max, to help Linda create the perfect wedding.
Linda and Max are thrown together when a tragedy threatens to destroy the honeymooners’ newfound happiness before they have the possibility of a life together. Compelled to make some changes in life, Linda uncovers a family secret that causes her to question her existence and leads her on a search for the truth.
As Max begins to penetrate the protective walls around Linda’s heart, a visit from her youth causes her to risk it all. While struggling between the past and the future, Linda has a chance to let more than her flowers bloom.
About The Author
When Tammy isn't working on ideas for a novel, she's spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.
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Finding Home by Tammy L. Grace
Book 1: A Hometown Harbor Novel
Publisher: Lone Mountain Press
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Format: Paperback - 254 pages
Kindle - 429 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Book 1: Finding Home
Book 2: Home Blooms
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Shattered by her husband's infidelities after twenty-five years of marriage, Sam Collins is plagued by constant fear and loneliness, reliving the tragic death of her parents and the betrayal by the man she loved. She leaves Seattle seeking relief from the relentless darkness that has swallowed her. With only her dog for companionship, she sets out to live in her vacation home on San Juan Island.
In her search for a carpenter, she meets the handsome and very available, Jeff Cooper. Sam's not looking for romance, but can't deny the attraction to the retired firefighter, turned handyman. While working together and eating her pies, Jeff finds himself falling for her.
The past she wrestles to let go of comes hurtling back when she least expects it. In an effort to help a struggling young man, she is forced to confront the anguish she is desperate to escape. While torn between love and friendship, she must face her fears and choose between the life she's known and a chance for a family and home she's been longing for all her life.
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, Finding Home, author Tammy L. Grace weaves a lighthearted tale about a middle-aged woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and a fresh start to her life, and along the way finds an unexpected and pleasant second chance at love.
After twenty-five years of marriage, fifty year old Sam Cooper discovered that her husband Marty had been cheating on her for years. Following the divorce, Sam decides to move from her Seattle home with Zoe, her Golden Retriever, and starts her life anew at her waterfront vacation home in Friday Harbor, on the picturesque San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. Needing something to focus on since she sold her family's software company, Sam purchases a new business venture in town, a book store/coffee house. When the book store is in need of renovations, Sam hires Jeff Cooper, a retired firefighter / turned local handyman to make the updates to the store. A friendship quickly develops between Sam and Jeff, and an attraction between the two simmers below the surface. Who could have known that simply seeking solace and peace on the tranquil San Juan Islands would lead Sam on a journey of self-discovery, finding a new home and place to belong, new beginnings, and an unexpected second chance at love?
Finding Home is a wonderful story about a middle-aged woman who rediscovers herself and possesses the courage, strength, and determination to start her life anew. The author easily transports the reader to the quaint seaside town of Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands, where the sights and sounds of the town and island come alive with her rich descriptions. As Sam and Jeff's heartwarming story unfolds, you can't help but feel like you are a part of the friendly community of Friday Harbor.
As I approach my own fiftieth birthday, I found it easy to connect with Sam. I admired Sam's ability to leave behind her painful past for a fresh start that held a promise of wonderful new beginnings. I enjoyed that this story featured a mature romance between Sam and Jeff that slowly developed out of their friendship, it was like a breath of fresh air that left me satisfied and with a smile on my face.
Finding Home is an enjoyable story that features realistic characters; rich and vivid descriptions of the setting; and a wonderful storyline interwoven with emotion, romance, and intriguing twists that will keep you turning the pages. I look forward to returning to the picturesque San Juan Island community in Home Blooms, the second book in the Hometown Harbor Novel series.
RATING: 4 STARS
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