Are you currently a member of a book club? Chances are most of you understand what a book club does and perhaps have been a member of one or two over the years.
Recently, I was invited to my friend Barbara’s book club as a guest. Barbara came up with a creative idea and was taking her book club to a whole new level. She thought it would be unique and fun to try to connect personally with the author of this month’s book so she arranged a Skype “date” with the author, Leslie Maitland.
I felt very strongly that I needed to tell you about this “adventure” of mine because it was so out of the ordinary and something that will stay with me for a very long time. This book moved and enlightened me and I had no idea how much I did not know about WWII until I read it. Which is kind of embarrassing! She manages to weave history of the war and an extraordinary love story at the same time.
We read the book Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile and Reclaimed Love by Leslie Maitland. Here is a brief explanation of the story:
” Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.”
To sit face to face with the writer of this extraordinary book was truly a thrill for me. Typically, we would sit around the room and discuss a book… which is rather mundane compared to this experience! She was so gracious and very curious about what we thought about the book. Imagine that! Leslie gladly spends her time speaking about the book and she was open to any type of question from our group. She lives on the East Coast and spoke to us via Skype until nearly 11:30pm EST in the evening. That is dedication!
This is Barbara’s family room as we are skyping with Leslie on the big screen. How cool is that?
If you are interested in buying the book and possibly connecting with the author Leslie Maitland, you can go to her website LeslieMaitland.com. There are links right there that take you wherever you may want to buy it, be it Amazon (including the audiobook that she recorded), B&N, an Indie bookstore, or as an ebook purchase.If you and your book club choose to read it, you can contact her via email to set up your own Skype meeting.
LIFE is full of interesting possibilities, we need to grab them and SHARE them. As Empty Nesters we can enlighten and enhance the Empty Nests of many people by sharing what is happening in our world! I hope this inspires you to read the book, or at the very least pick up a new book to read.
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Best to you!