Friday, March 30, 2012

Discussion 2 - The Violets of March

I feel, like it has been foreeever since the first discussion, but I guess that's what happens when we have an extra Friday in the month! ;)

Greetings and Happy Friday.  It’s Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns.  I hope you all enjoyed Violets of March as much as I did. I had been looking forward to reading it since it first came out and I was not disappointed.  I read it in a span of days, staying up past my bedtime on the final night to finish it as I just had to see how it would all turn out.  For me, it’s always a sign of a good book when I am willing to break my strict bedtime rule.  ;) 

While I loved the book, there were some things that bugged me.  For instance, I didn’t find Greg & Jack’s characters super believable…  Maybe I am just too cynical these days, but the professions about her beauty, etc, seemed a bit overdone and made me roll my eyes a bit.  And it annoyed me how she was willing to accept the mysterious nature of her relationship with Jack.  But besides that, I really loved the book and was surprised by the ending.

 Now for the discussion questions…

  1. What role does Bainbridge Island play in this story? What makes it unique? What does the island offer Emily that she can't get from her life in New York?
  2. Both Bee and Elliot harbor guilt about the night of Esther's accident. How do you feel they handled the situation? Would you have protected Elliot the way Bee did? Would you have gone down after Esther the way Elliot said he had wanted to?
  3. What do you think about the fact that Esther was living all this time?  What do you think about the fact that she kept in touch with Henry, but never made contact with her child?
  4. Elliot says that he and Esther were “soul mates,” and Emily's relationship with Jack mirrors that sentiment. Do you believe in soul mates? What role does timing play in these two couples' relationships? What could Esther and Elliot have done differently to be together.
Thanks, Lisa! I really enjoyed this book too, and can't wait to discuss Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah in April.  Discussion dates will be April 13th and 27th! Hope you will join!

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