Book Club

Book Review Questions for Olivia’s Ghost

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  1. Why is it so difficult for Jackson and Olivia to find solace in one another regarding their daughter being tossed overboard during the storm on Puget Sound?
  2. Is Andrew being selfless in his attempt to help Olivia find her daughter?
  3. Is Jackson wrong to hold his ground on his beliefs about what happened that day?
  4. Is the ghost in the lighthouse real, or Olivia’s imagination?
  5. Is the medium sincere, or using an ideal situation to help maintain her reputation and earn a living?
  6. Like Olivia’s friends in Seattle, have you ever felt so badly for someone that you had no idea how best to help them or be there for them in a difficult situation?
  7. Why do you think Olivia’s father, Morgan, kept the story of the Ryan’s from her while growing up in the lighthouse?
  8. Is it easy to understand how grief can be so crippling that the fear of death is less horrible than the fear of life without the designated loved one?
  9. When was Olivia weak, and when was she strong in her actions?
  10. Are Jackson’s mistakes understandable and forgivable regarding Nicole, or simply inexcusable?
  11. When was Jackson weak, and when was he strong in his behavior?
  12. Like Olivia, have you ever wanted to return to a past relationship when things are difficult in a current situation?
  13. What was your favorite scene (or scenes) in the book and why?
  14. What demonstrates these themes in the book? Truth versus Perception, Emotional Need versus Moral Resolve.
  15. How do you think setting affected the mood of the book, and/or your emotions?
  16. How do you think dialogue affected the tone of the book, and/or your emotions?
  17. What did the ocean symbolize in the book? Wildly unpredictable, mysterious, unrelenting and unforgiving? A place of solace, reflection and reformation?
  18. What did the lighthouse symbolize? Isolation from the world, from anyone understanding what Olivia was going through? Hauntingly haughty with more questions that answers regarding realism and reality?

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Book Review Questions for Journey

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1. Why is Kylie so compelled to raise her sister’s child?

2. Why doesn’t Kylie necessarily believe Grayson is Alana’s father?

3. Why is Kylie suddenly torn about her feelings for Chase?

4. What demonstrates these themes in the book? Truth versus Perception, Emotional Need versus Moral Resolve.

5. What did you admire, and what did you find frustrating about Kylie, Grayson, and Chase?

 

6. What thoughts and feelings did Chenlei evoke in you?

7. How did you feel secondary characters contributed to the story? Please comment on one or two: Elise, Quinn, Taylor, Gwyneth, Alana

8. How do you think setting affected the mood of the book, and/or your emotions?

9. How do you think dialogue affected the tone of the book, and/or your emotions?

10. What was your favorite scene or scenes in the book and why?

 

11. What symbolism did you discover while reading?

The Sea? (how our lives are sometimes calm and other times stormy)

Sailing? (the way we react/steer our course differently depending on outside influences and factors beyond our control)

Rum? (how it dangerously warms us from the inside out and seduces us to obscure reality- much like love/lust when presented out of context to our daily routines, goals and perceived purposes)

The Cliff Steps? (how they represent the always present danger in life of ‘falling off a cliff’ whether it be a moral, emotional, psychological, or physical dilemma)

Book Review Questions for Benjamin

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1. How does maternal (protective) love influence Tori’s decision making both negatively and positively?

2. Do you believe in angels? How else might you explain Daniel and Benjamin’s healing powers if you witnessed them in action rather than in a work of fiction?

3. What demonstrates these themes in the book? Truth versus Perception, Emotional Need versus Moral Resolve.

4. What did you admire, and what did you find frustrating concerning each of these characters? Victoria, Jonathan, Daniel

5. What thoughts and feelings did Benjamin evoke in you?

6. On a scale of 1-10, how creepy did you find Peter? Explain your answer.

7. How do you feel secondary characters contributed to the story? Please comment on one or two:  Wil, Rachel, Miranda, Maggie, Sarah

8. How do you think setting affected the mood of the book, and/or your emotions?

9. How do you think dialogue affected the tone of the book, and/or your emotions?

10. What was your favorite scene or scenes in the book and why?

11. What symbolism did you discover while reading?

316960_10151394934092249_1930633219_nDoves? (how they represent innocence and gentleness; everything Benjamin represented)

Cathedrals? (how they are intimidating buildings depicting God wanting influence in our mortal lives, and the reality of sin infiltrating our self-imposed wall of faith)

Stained glass windows? (how they are a maze of emotion-filled faces and scenes that equally illustrate clarity and confusion, peace and turmoil, joy and suffering; everything we all struggle with continually)

Wine? (how it represents a pouring out of confessions, while also a means to forget the pounding of reality pressing in)

Tea? (how it comforts and consoles, and encourages meaningful conversation to put things into perspective)

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