Exciting News about Historical Fiction Lovers Book Club!

As I mentioned before, I joined the Book Clubs application on Facebook and started my own online book club Historical Fiction Lovers.  We started the club reading Loving Frank and seven of us completed the Reader’s Guide and Review form.  There was some really good discussion, especially about Mamah and her choices.  I found out that HFL was awarded the first Book Club of the Month award and I am SUPER ecstatic about it.  Here is what was posted on the site about our book club:

A passion for novels blending history, literature and romance is what drives January’s Book Club of the Month: Historical Fiction Lovers. The group, created by Jennifer, is a good case study of how to run a successful online book club.

Jennifer, who juggles a career and a family, somehow finds time to blog (http://literatehousewife.com), participate in reading challenges and run her group, Historical Fiction Lovers.

The group’s January selection is Loving Frank, a novel by Nancy Horan about a scandalous romance between the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mamah Cheney, a well-educated, independent and married Chicago woman. It’s not escapist fare.

As a leader, Jennifer sets a tone for the group by suggesting appropriate novels, and then discussing which novels will be read and when. She also organizes discussions in an easy-to-follow manner.
As a thank you, we will be sending Jennifer five books to distribute as she sees fit. Please let us know if you feel your group is ready for the spotlight in February!

Historical Fiction Lovers is one of more than 100 public Book Clubs and 20 private ones created by our members. There are clubs built around specific authors or book series, some are regional, but most concern categories of books such as mysteries, romance or classics.

We are especially grateful to Book Club leaders such as Jennifer who help drive discussions, select good books and invite their friends to take part. We encourage every member to contribute new topics or respond to comments or questions by other club members. Book Clubs is a community-based application and member participation is vital to a successful experience.

cover-of-soul-catcherOn top of the honor of winning, my group receives five copies of our chosen book for February, Soul Catcher by Michael White.  I’m awarding a copy of this book to the five members other than Rusty Weston, the soul behind Book Clubs, and myself a copy of Soul Catcher.

Here’s a brief description of the novel from the HarperCollins website:

Augustus Cain is a damaged man haunted by a terrible skill: the ability to track people who don’t want to be found. Rosetta is a runaway slave who bears the scars, inside and out, of a life of servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. Her flight is fueled by a passion and determination only a mother could feel, and she would rather die than let anyone drag her back to hell. In a dark, volatile time prior to the Civil War, fate has bound the hunted and hunter on a remarkable odyssey from Virginia to Boston and back again—an extraordinary test of character and will, mercy and compassion, that will change them both forever.

Interested?  Why don’t you join us?  Click here to buy the book and here for a look inside the novel.  Book Clubs is a Facebook application.  It doesn’t take long to join and it’s free.


  • At 2009.01.21 18:57, bermudaonion said:

    That is such exciting news! Congratulations!

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    • At 2009.01.21 20:12, Marcia said:

      I had to shove the kitties off my lap so I could happy dance around the family room! Yay! Look at you go. I can’t wait to get started on ‘Soul Catchter’. I didn’t want to say anything earlier but I tried reading ‘Loving Frank’ months ago and just couldn’t get into it.

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      • At 2009.01.21 21:06, softdrink said:

        Woo-hoo! Congratulations on some great recognition!

        • At 2009.01.22 00:15, Shana @ Literarily said:

          Congrats Jennifer. You’re really tempting me to get a Facebook account!

          • At 2009.01.22 01:57, Violet said:

            Wow, this is so cool, congrats Jennifer.

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            • At 2009.01.26 18:04, Jennifer said:

              Hello, Jennifer I have wanted to re-design my blog.
              Would you tell me how you were able to. Would you send me a email so that I could communicate with you. I have wanted to find someone who does personal blogs.
              Preferable books of course. And how it works. Mine is very amateurish and I would like to find someone on the web and not too costly.

              By the way I read Loving Franks months ago and it was a good read. It took a while to get into it. But the end was great. I love to delve into books that talk about feminism and social issues.

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              • […] about this other than the hit to her bottom line?), but working with Rusty Weston and starting the Historical Fiction Lovers book club on Facebook has really been enjoyable to me.  I’m in the middle of Soul Catcher by Michael […]

                • At 2012.12.28 16:03, Angela Crippen said:

                  Really would love to join your book club, I just ordered the February pic, Soul Catcher.

                  • At 2014.01.11 11:39, Michael Ventelli said:

                    There is a new book out on Amazon called Flags and Tears. It is a historical fiction that closely follows the timeline and historical events that led to England’s first invasion of Afghanistan. Many of the characters are based on the individuals actually involved.

                    The overthrow of the Afghan Emir is one layer of the plot; along with a war time love story seamed in the religious, historical, and cultural tapestry of India during England’s 19th century rule.

                    It was a war of choice by England, and reminds me much of our Iraq venture.

                    • At 2017.07.22 20:38, Bobbie bonte said:

                      Please send me updates and anything else. Thanks

                      (Required, will not be published)

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