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At the beginning of April we launched our very first book club! You voted, and the chosen read was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. We read it, we loved it. Now we’re excited to hear what you thought of the book!

For today’s discussion we’re using the following list of book club questions from Random House. These questions are simply meant to offer a bit of guidance and to get you thinking, so please don’t feel pressured to answer each and every one. Simply pick one or two that you feel strongly about and share your thoughts in the comments.

  1. What potential do Elizabeth, Renata, and Grant see in Victoria that she has difficulty seeing in herself?
  2. While Victoria has been hungry and malnourished throughout the majority of her life, food ends up meaning more than just nourishment to her.  Why do you think that is?
  3. Victoria and Elizabeth both struggle with the idea of being part of a family.  What does it mean to you to be part of a family?  What defines family?
  4. Why do you think Elizabeth waits so long before trying to patch things up with her long-lost sister Catherine?
  5. The first week after her daughter’s birth goes surprisingly well for Victoria.  Why does Victoria feel unable to care for her child after the week ends?  What is it that allows her to rejoin her family?
  6. One of the major themes in The Language of Flowers is forgiveness and second chances – do you think Victoria deserves one after the things she did (both as a child and as an adult)?  What about Catherine and Elizabeth?
  7. What did you think of the structure of the book – the alternating chapters of past and present?  In what ways did the two storylines parallel each other, and how did they diverge?
  8. The novel touches on many different themes (love, family, forgiveness, second chances). Which do you think is the most important?  And what did you think was ultimately the lesson?
  9. At the end of the novel, Victoria learns that moss grows without roots.  What does this mean, and why is it such a revelation for her?
  10. Based on your reading of the novel, what are your impressions of the foster care system in America?  What could be improved?
  11. Knowing what you now know about the language of the flowers, to whom would you send a bouquet and what would you want it to say?

We’ll be monitoring this page throughout the day, so please feel welcome to post whenever is convenient for you. Hopefully we’ll get a good discussion going!

book club

We are so pleased to announce the start of our book club! Here’s how it will work. We’ll all start by reading the same book, and on a specific day near the end of April we’ll meet up over on Winghill’s Facebook page to discuss! Sound like a plan?

We sent out an email and posted on Facebook asking everyone to vote between three different books. The winner is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. We’re so excited!

Here is a short synopsis courtesy of Amazon:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Are you going to join us in reading our new book?

If you are going to participate by reading The Language of Flowers, please read to the end of the novel by April 25th.

On April 28th we will post a few reading questions for you to answer and announce the date of the live Facebook book discussion as well.

Alright, now it’s time to find a cozy little spot to curl up with a cup of tea and a new book…

March 6, 2014 10:00 am

Join a Book Club for World Book Day!

Have you  ever been tempted to join a book club? Try it…’ll like it!

We love discussing our favorite books over a glass of wine. Add some cheese and grapes and you are all set for a wonderful evening with friends. The book club voted Best in Canada has been going for more than thirty years. Many of the original members are still enthusiastic participants.


A book club is a great opportunity to get together with like-minded friends to discuss many books you might not otherwise choose to read yourself.  If you generally read only fiction how could you know that, “The Man Without A Face-The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” might come up at your book club just as the Sochi Olympics were running? Or that it would be such a fascinating (and frightening) read??

In today’s online world, you don’t have to go out to join a club that gives you a great sense of belonging and companionship. You’ll probably have to provide your own wine though!

The Afterword Reading Society

The Afterword Reading Society is found at the National Post newspaper in Canada. Each week, members have the chance to enter a draw to win one of 25 copies of a book and to write a short review of it for the newspaper. Members’ questions to the authors are showcased in the newspaper each week. Every Saturday, members have the chance to be published with a review of a book they have recently read.

The Guardian Book Club

This book club is chaired by John Mullan, an English professor at University College in London. Every month, the Club chooses a specific book to read. Each choice is reviewed in the arts section of the newspaper by Professor Mullan. Discussions with the authors are made available on free podcasts.

At, members are promised, “quality books, good people and great conversations.” Books of all kinds are discussed in active forums and you can opt to become a discussion leader at the site. If you are looking for a great new book to read, you’ll find wonderful suggestions and tempting descriptions at the “What Are You Currently Reading?” forum in the club. 

The community at onlinebookclub is very lively with lots of interactive discussion groups, forums and great recommendations in many different genres.

Encourages you to join groups that concentrate in your own areas of interest. If you love talking about books that have been made into movies, the books2movies group is a great option for fiery discussions about whether the book or the movie was better. In the Into the Forest Group, you can delve into the dark mysteries of ogres and magicians and elves with many others who love reading this genre.

Not convinced about the advantages of book club membership? Try a wonderful book written by a niece and aunt team n 2008. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society make you long to join a book club, or even to establish your own!