Friday Morning Bookclub

January 4, 2011

A Lovely Thank You!

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 1:31 pm

Isn’t it funny how people are always eager to let you know when you do something wrong, however they rarely let you know when you do something right? Well Linda Holeman did something right when she wrote The Linnet Bird and I wanted to make sure she knew how much we enjoyed her book. I was excited to receive her note and to learn that she is in the process of writing another novel.

Dear Susan,

 How delightful to find this email from you! Thank you so much for letting me know that the Friday Morning Bookclub enjoyed The Linnet Bird. It means so much to think that the work we send out into the world is appreciated. It’s also motivational in the struggle to keep producing. I’m currently at work on a novel set in 19th century Russia, during the serf emancipation. So much research, but I do love to discover. The old adage of “writing what you know” doesn’t apply to me – at least not any more. I love sinking my teeth into a subject I know nothing about, and trying to make it come alive – for myself and then for future readers. When I started The Linnet Bird I knew little or nothing of Liverpool, India, the Raj, Afghans…. It’s always a challenge to create realistic historic fiction, and since it must be 100% accurate and true to the time, it’s definitely a tricky job. And considering most authors of historic fiction use about 50% of what they uncover, lest the book begin to sound like a history lesson, that, too (the choice of what to use and what to leave out) becomes a huge part of the writing.

 Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the club, and all best to all of you for 2011.



January 1, 2011

The Results Are In !

Filed under: Favorite Books,Polls,Rate The Book,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 2:53 pm

It is official. The Friday Morning Bookclub’s favorite book for 2010 is….. The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman. This makes sense as it is also the only book that was voted 5 omelets on a scale of 1-5. The Linnet Bird takes place in the 1820’s in Liverpool, England. After the death of her mother, 11-year-old Linny Glow is forced into prostitution by her step father. Linny eventually escapes this life and flees to India on the “fishing fleet” a boat filled with young women heading to India to meet wealthy, suitable, available men. The Linnet Bird was beautifully written and a wonderful book club choice. A must read!

It was a tight race, and coming in second is Cutting For Stone. Third place goes to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Here are the complete results:

  The Linnet Bird 19.4% (13 votes)

  Cutting For Stone 17.91% (12 votes)

  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 16.42% (11 votes)

  Little Bee 13.43% (9 votes)

 The Thirteenth Tale 10.45% (7 votes)

 Olive Kitteridge 8.96% (6 votes)

 Moloka’i 5.97% (4 votes)

 My Enemy’s Cradle 4.48% (3 votes)

 Pride and Pejudice 1.49% (1 votes)

 My Name is Mary Sutter 1.49% (1 votes)

 The Memory Thief 0% (0 votes)

 The Red Thread 0% (0 votes)

    Total Votes: 67

March 22, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Linnet Bird By Linda Holeman Five Omelets!!!!!!

Filed under: Historical Fiction,Polls,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 11:14 am

Amazon readers gave The Linnet Bird  4  stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave The Linnet Bird 5  stars

Although we have only been rating our books for the last year and a half, or so… This is the FIRST TIME we have given a book 5 Omelets!

This historical Fiction is the story of Linny Gow a young girl forced into prostitution by her step father after the death of her mother. Linny eventually escapes this life and sails to India on the “fishing fleet”, a ship full of young women going to India in hopes of finding a wealthy English husband. Needless to say, everyone loved this book!

March 14, 2010

Our Meeting on “The Linnet Bird”

Filed under: Historical Fiction,The Linnet Bird — janinefrier @ 5:55 pm

The Village Square Cafe is our perfect venue right now.  Great food, good location and a very comfy area with couches and a coffee table.  It has become our regular place and we feel right at home.  So our setting was the usual.  What was different about this month’s meeting though, was our consensus on the book.  I can’t remember another book, where we all agreed how much we loved it.

The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman is set in the mid 1800’s.  Linny Gow eventually manages to escape her life of prostitution by sailing to India on one of the “fishing fleet” ships, as a companion to her friend Faith, who is going over to try and find a husband.  Her life in Colonial India does not prove to be as fresh a start as she hoped.  Holeman manages, without being overly verbose, to provide the reader with a vivid picture of Linny’s difficult life and all the hardships she had to endure.

Our group felt that we learned much about life in Colonial India at that time, with it’s very distinct social hierarchy and protocols for behavior.  Even the servants had a hierarchy within the households that they worked in.  We liked that Linny’s character, had the courage to buck the system when ever she could.  We discussed the price she paid for being different and how that would translate today.  We asked if we would feel brave enough to stand up for what we believe in, if there was a difficult personal price to pay.  The point was made that when one does not agree with the status quo, one pays a price no matter what one does.  If one sticks one’s neck out, there is usually a consequence.  If one doesn’t, however, one then has to live with not being true to one’s self.

Some of us had not managed to quite finish the book by the time of the meeting, but still  felt strongly that we wanted to attend and participate in the discussion.  Those that did finish, were all in agreement that they liked the ending and that Linda Holeman, brought the book to a satisfying conclusion.

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts?

Did you like it as much as our group  did?

What did you think of the ending?

We would love to hear your input.

March 8, 2010

Rate The Book: The Linnet Bird By Linda Holeman

Filed under: Historical Fiction,Polls,Rate The Book,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 11:37 pm

All votes and comments are welcomed! Help us rate our books!

March 5, 2010

Books That Keep You Reading Until The Wee Hours Of The Night

Filed under: Favorite Books,Literary Tidbits,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 7:39 pm

This Month’s Books, The Linnet Bird is one of those books! I just couldn’t put it down! I enjoyed the book from page one, but when Linny joins the “fishing fleet” and leaves London for India the book really got interesting. Imagine a boat full of young unmarried women leaving London and going to Calcutta to find a husband. Next Somers Ingram enters Linny’s life! What an intriguing /evil character. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!

 To learn more about the “fishing fleet” and see an actual passeger list of one that departed from London in October of 1853, check this out!

February 13, 2010

What Is A Linnet Bird?

Filed under: The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 12:03 pm

February 10, 2010

Meet Linda Holeman, Author Of This Month’s Book: The Linnet Bird

Filed under: Historical Fiction,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 11:31 am

Linda Holeman is the writer of short stories as well as novels for both young adults and adults. She is the author of 9 books including The Linnet Bird. Holeman has a BA in psychology/ Sociology from The University of Winnipeg, a BEd in Early Childhood Education and a MEd in Educational psychology from the University of Manitoba. She has been published in many journals and periodicals and has won awards in both Canada and the US. Linda lives in Toronto.

February 2, 2010

Our Next Book Is The Linnet Bird

Filed under: Historical Fiction,The Linnet Bird,What is next?? — susanbright @ 8:22 pm

The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman is the story of Linny Gow, a 12 year old girl, forced into prostitution  in 1823 Liverpool.

Check it out!

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