The book club focuses on contemporary fiction and non-fiction books selected by members


Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, year-round

Note:  Currently taking a Wait List




Sue Jergens –

Jan Grewar –

Each month  members in attendance at the Book Club give a brief synopsis of their reaction to that month’s book, along with a star rating out of a total five stars.  Often, we are given an opportunity at the end of the meeting to change our rating if we wish!  We take turns each month acting as the leader of the discussion, using a list of questions circulated in advance as a guideline.  It’s a friendly group with a great variety of backgrounds.  If you would like further information,  please contact Sue Jergens ( or Jan Grewar (

Books for 2023 — Subject to change


Fresh Water for Flowers

A number one bestseller in France.  “Adulterous romance, bad marriages, mysterious death.”

Author: Valerie Perrin

Jointly led by Elinor Mix & Caroline Van Slyke


Rescheduled due to snow!


The Personal Librarian

The personal librarian of JP Morgan, Belle Da Costa Greene, is one of the most powerful women in New York, and she’s hiding a secret.  Historical fiction.

Authors: Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Led by Pat Bancroft


American Dirt

The ordeal of a woman who escapes Mexico with her son as undocumented migrants to the US.

Author: Jeanine Cummins

Led by Jan Grewar


Killer in King’s Cove

Set in King’s Cove, BC, a smart & enchanting postwar mystery

Author: Iona Wishaw

Led by Deidre Simmons


Ragged Company 

Four homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre

Author: Richard Waganese

Led by Holly Holt


Hamnet  & Judith

Set in the 1500s, historical fiction, portrait of a family ravaged by grief and loss.

Author: Maggie O’Farrell

Led by Sue Jergens


Lincoln Highway

The story tails four boys — three 18-year-olds who met in a juvenile reformatory, plus a brainy 8-year-old — as they set out from Nebraska in June, 1954, in an old Studebaker in pursuit of a better future. 

Author: Amor Towles



The Golden Spruce

The environmental true-crime story of a glorious natural wonder, the man who destroyed it, and the fascinating, troubling context in which this act took place. 

Author: John Vaillant

Led by Karen Allan


A Town Called Solace

A Town Called Solace explores the relationship between Clara, (the sister of Rose, a rebellious teenager who has run away from home), with Mrs Orchard her next door neighbour, who also inexplicably disappears, and later Liam, the mysterious man who then appears in Mrs Orchard’s house.

Author: Mary Lawson

Led by Susan Dobie

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Previous Great Reads

One memorable book for the club was The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.  Our members gave this ‘disturbing, dark’ book a rating of 4.0 Stars; many found they couldn’t put it down.    This novel tells the story of the Duplessis Orphans–20,000 Canadian children who were wrongly certified as mentally ill by the provincial government of Quebec and confined to psychiatric institutions in the 1940s and 50s.  Parallels to today’s revelations about the residential school survivors echoed throughout the novel.  Some members found the book difficult emotionally, particularly those raised in the Catholic church.

Another favourite was Erik Larson’s book The Splendid & the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz.  Despite the hundreds of books that have been written about Churchill and his role in the Second World War, this book still brought fresh insights.  It focused on stories and journal excerpts from those closest to Churchill:    wife Clementine, children Mary & Randall,  his private secretary John Colville, etc., and showed the human side of the Blitz.  Our members said the book was ‘written like a thriller…readable…drew you in’ and gave it 4.7 Stars, one of our highest ratings.