the good daughterWe haven’t blogged about book club lately, but we still meet monthly. Last month we read a book with mixed reviews (from the group) but talked about the book for an hour. Fellow book clubbers know how divine it is to share something personal only to realize someone else has had a similar experience. The bonds you make with women are strong, and deep.

I spent the evening with Jane Porter last week, this just happened to be her theme for the night. The strength of community that women create, how important is it to nurture these relationships. Have you thought about how different a holiday would be without mom’s crafting, decorating, and everything that goes into coordinating one holiday? Women cook, bake, clean, etc… to hold up families going through happy times, illness, death, and other life events.

Jane Porter wasn’t able to be with us on the Escape last November but if you attended you received a copy of book one in the trilogy. I’m pleased to announce we are reading the second book, The Good Daughter, and Jane will be calling in to discuss the book with us on April 2.

Synopsis: Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself . . .

A girls’ weekend away is just the reprieve Kit needs from school, Mr. Wrongs, and life-changing decisions. It’s there that she meets a man who’s dangerous; a man who challenges who she thought she was, or rather should be. Kit wants to indulge herself this once, but with one of her students in crisis and the weight of her family’s burdens weighing heavy on her heart, Kit isn’t sure if now is the time to let her own desires take flight . . .

When: April 3rd at 9PM EST
Call in details: 724-444-7444, call id: 90383#, Pin 1#

Jane will join us for 30-40 minutes before transitioning to chatting about books and life. The calls tend to last 60-90 minutes. Last month we had women knitting, feeding children, rocking babies to sleep, cleaning, and taking a bath. Calling in from NYC to California, Mexico to Switzerland!

Giveaway: To enter this month’s giveaway, send an email (comments are not considered entries) to mari.partyka [at] Put ‘The Good Daughter’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Sunday evening, Feb 17th.

How to find us: We are talking about books throughout the month on twitter. In January we picked a YA book to read/discuss over Twitter. Hashtag#MMBC, email me for additional details, or click over to the archive page ~ book club, it’s happening!

Happy Reading!


5 Responses to April Book Club: The Good Daughter

  1. Susan says:

    I loved your recent podcast on the book club. I wouldn’t have shown up either for the 50 Shades of Gray meeting ;-) But I didn’t read the book either, as you mentioned it seemed too complicated censoring where you could read it.
    I did read a similar book, although different about 2 years ago that I would like to recommend. I heard the author speak on the radio, that’s why I choose the book. She is very intelligent and has a degree in Communications I believe. Her book is very interesting and factual story.

    Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life by Melissa Febos

  2. Kelly B says:

    Hmmm, I can’t seem to find the Book Club or an Archive page. I’ve participated in some of the calls when they’ve been posted on the MM website. I put in the #MMBC in twitter, but it seems to be associated with something else as well.
    I can’t wait to read this book, My copy is arriving tomorrow.

  3. Erin says:

    @Kellyb all archived book club content can be found here:

  4. Tonia H. says:

    The third paragraph of the post says that Jane will call in to discuss the book with us on April 2nd, BUT the call in details listed say April 3rd.
    Please advise…..we don’t want to miss it!

  5. mpartyka says:

    Hi Tonia, The discussion is on April 3rd 9pm EST.

    I will make the update, thanks for pointing this out. Mari