Book Cookies, Quilts and Facing My 12-Year-Old Self

Book Cookies…a book club that lives up to its name!

With a name like Book Cookies, this book club’s gathering to discuss AT WAVE’S END would obviously include a mouth-watering platter of those sweets. What I didn’t expect was a entire repast inspired by my second novel, from Mermaid Cocktails to Faith’s roasted vegetable soup to Maeve’s scones.

Book Cookies hostess Pam and I, then and now.

But books weren’t the only thing on the menu. Because my Book Cookies hostess was
also one of my grammar school classmates, there was also a good deal of reminiscing. On display was our eighth-grade class picture (the accompanying photos illustrate how well we’ve aged), as well as highlights from Girl Scout camping trips. Pam, her sister Carol (a year ahead of us in school) and our friend Nancy also grew up in the Girl Scout ranks. In honor of our many years of Scouting together, I presented her with a Book Lovers badge!

Carol displays her quilting handiwork.

It was an evening of stimulating discussion, laughs and memories. Pam and Carol are also master quilters, a skill handed down by their mother. One of Pam’s hangs on the wall behind us in the group picture, while Carol displays her handiwork separately. So much patience, talent and attention to detail reflected in every stitch of these beautiful pieces. Carol said it took about a year to make the quilt she’s holding…the same amount of time it took me to write AT WAVE’S END!

The Book Cookies book club. (Pam’s quilt hangs behind us.)

Grateful thanks to Pam and the Book Cookies for welcoming me and my book.

And for other book clubs out there…I love interacting with you, live or virtually! Check out my Book Club Q&As and instructions for arranging a phone, Skype or live visit.

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Mermaid Cocktail, anyone?
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Recreating Maeve’s welcome home table.
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Book and wine pairings…
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Pam, Carol, me and Nancy
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Sisters Pam and Carol interpret Maeve’s scones

 

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6 thoughts on “Book Cookies, Quilts and Facing My 12-Year-Old Self

  1. olynyk57@optonline.net

    Thanks for writing such a nice post about our mini reunion. Your pictures were great. It was a great time.

    Carol

  2. rachelvictoriavictoria01

    Hi Pat. Hope you’ve been well. I enjoyed this blog post (well, food: who could not?) How can I get a copy of your second novel with all these recipes in it? I’d love to read it. Maybe talk about it on my blog. Thanks. Vicky

    Rachel Victoria Mills

    On Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 9:03 AM Patricia Perry Donovan wrote:

    > Patricia Perry Donovan posted: ” With a name like Book Cookies, this book > club’s gathering to discuss AT WAVE’S END would obviously include a > mouth-watering platter of those sweets. What I didn’t expect was a entire > repast inspired by my second novel, from Mermaid Cocktails to Faith’s ” >

    1. Hi there! I’ve been enjoying your beautiful blog “Rachel’s House” as well. Such thoughtful topics and exquisite writing! I’ll reach out offline about getting you the book and arranging a blog chat. However, I did not include recipes (there are 60+ food mentions) in the book, but have SLOWLY started to add them to my blog. I’ve had a few recipe requests recently so I will step up those efforts. As you can see, book clubs have been very inventive with their own interpretations. I look forward to catching up with you, but for now, you can find Faith’s roasted vegetable soup recipe here: https://patriciaperrydonovan.com/2017/10/29/after-hurricane-sandy-cooking-up-comfort-one-soup-at-a-time/

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