With so many books on the bestsellers' lists, how can you decide which books would be good reads for your book club? If you are starting a book club or even if your book club has been around for a while, you will want to check out this reading list authored by South Carolinans or set in the South, all sure to promote lively discussions in your book club.
By Rose Senehi
Karen Godwell isn’t as much ashamed of her mountain home heritage as what she had to do to preserve it. Karen reinvents herself at college and doesn’t look back until her clan’s historic farm is threatened. The gutsy curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum returns to the mountains only to come face to face with who she was and what she did. Contemporary fiction writer Rose Senehi is noted for weaving environmental themes into her plots.
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey
In this fifth book in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series we are back in Sweet Briar, SC with Tori Sinclair and the ladies of the Southern Sewing Circle. When Tori’s philandering ex turns up dead, the police chief believes it was murder and that she may have been involved. Now only the girls from the sewing circle will be able to help keep her life from coming apart at the seams.
By Nancy B. Brewer
Open the pages of Carolina Rain and step into an era gone by. Carolina Rain is not just a read, but an experience. Smell the magnolia trees, feel the sun on your face and share the bittersweet tears of a beautiful young girl coming of age at the dawning of the Civil War.
By Beth Webb Hart
Anne Brumley has always thought of Saint Michael’s Church as a magical place. It was there in the bell tower several years ago that she received a message from God to “stay and wait.” She is certain that the prophetic words reveal something about her undiscovered true love. Good-ol’-boy and widower Roy Summerall, Saint Michael’s new rector, may just be the answer to Anne’s prayers.
Family, friendship and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God’s transforming love works in this inspiring, heart-warming novel set in the Holy City of Charleston.
By Bart Bare
Liv and Autis Oakley, a young professional couple, have purchased Maxton Manor on several wooded acres of Wadmalaw Island— one of the Sea Islands bordering Charleston. They soon discover that they are not the only residents and that their occupancy is a well-laid plan beyond earthly control. As ghostly spirits rage and ravage their dream home, they are faced with the choice to fight or flee.
Wadmalaw is a contemporary ghost story with a satisfying and surprising ending.