Monday, February 13, 2006

The Page Turners

Welcome to The Page Turners. This is a new column which will discuss literature, informally, as seen from the eyes of a Book Club Guru.

The Page Turners have been in existence for four years studying books the third Wednesday evening of every month. To date we have 47 book titles under our belt (or on our bookshelf!) I don't know what happened to the 48th book? Anyway, this space will be dedicated to the reviewing of our book and maybe a word or two of the delicious dinner that our hostess has provided! (We really just go for the books!)

This month we read The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall, copyright 2005 printed by Washington Square Press.

It was a delightful book and we all loved the book, that does not always happen. The book is centered on the lives of a family of rich, independent, free thinking women of which you immediately admire and perhaps even covet!

The characters are clearly defined and as the plot thickens more characters are introduced. It does not, however, become cluttered with folks!

The story takes place in a small town. The main attraction is gossip and there is plenty to gossip about. In the end, all live happily ever after, although we go in circles getting there! I would definitely call this a romance novel. (Lest you worry that we divulge ourselves in this type of writing, we have also read The Grapes of Wrath, The Kite Runner, The Scarlet Letter, etc.)

We gave the book four pages our of five and have moved on to the next read. Why not read along with us as we discover the first works of Elizabeth Kostova in her new book, The Historian.

In case you are interested, we had a great chicken casserole, garlic bread, salad, and a luscious lemon dessert!

Until next month, happy reading!

Maggie Mae

Lou Ann Homan is a writer, teacher, and storyteller who lives in Angola, Indiana. She is available for writing seminars, storytelling, and speaking engagements. She can be contacted at You can read more at