ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
If you like everything bagels, you'll probably like The Everything Book Club. We read the best of fiction and non-fiction, literary novels, mysteries, historical fiction, memoirs and more. We generally meet on the third week of the month at two convenient times and venues: Evening Zoom on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Daytime in Person at 1 p.m. (outside in the Avis Campbell Gardens behind the Library, weather permitting). You can switch from one meeting to another or skip a month...you are always welcome as long as we have enough room. Registration is required.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A "mystorical" thriller about a mail order bride, a sociopath and his innocent daughter caught up in San Francisco's Great Earthquake of 1906.
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April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.
Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly beautiful. While Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, his odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right. Then one early spring evening, a pregnant woman arrives at the door, setting in motion a chain of events on the eve of the earthquake.
“Meissner spins an exceptional story….Unexpected and masterfully crafted twists and turns abound….Ingeniously plotted and perfectly structured, this captivates from beginning to end.”—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Meissner is a bestselling author of historical fiction with more than three-quarters of a million books in print in eighteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include "The Last Year of the War," "As Bright as Heaven," "Secrets of Charmed Life," and "A Fall of Marigolds."