March 21, 2014
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, March 11 at the Peace UCC with Pat Goos hosting. President Deb Wentzien opened with “House Cleaning Blues” by Ellen Bailey. Fourteen members answered roll call by giving a house cleaning hint. The secretary’s report was read and approved. A thank you was read from the Gladbrook Library staff for their Valentine flowers. The treasurer’s report was read and approved. Marcia Plett passed a sheet for those planning to attend the next meeting which will be held at Niland’s Cafe, 24 Lincoln Hwy., Colo, Iowa. Members will meet at the Methodist Church at 12:30. This corresponds with the book “Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America” by Drake Hokanson. The book will be presented by Pauline Flamme. The program committee introduced Joan Raum. Joan read the review “The Discovery” by Dan Walsh, prepared by Martha Gamble. “The Discovery” follows a bereaved grandson through the process of unveiling the secrets of his grandfather’s past and finding confidence in his own voice. Gerard Warner was not only a literary giant whose suspense novels sold in the millions, he was also a man devoted to his family, especially his wife of nearly 60 years. When he dies he leaves his Charleston estate to his grandson, Michael, an aspiring writer himself. Michael settles in to write his own first novel and discovers an unpublished manuscript his grandfather had written, something he’d kept hidden from everyone but clearly intended Michael to find. Michael begins to read an exciting tale about Nazi spies and sabotage, but something about this story is different from all of Gerard Warner’s other books. It’s actually a love story. As Michael delves into the story he discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well. Laced with suspense and intrigue, “The Discovery” is a richly woven novel that explores the incredible sacrifices that must be made to forge the love of a lifetime. Author Dan Walsh delivers yet another unique and heartfelt story that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page. Deb close the meeting with “Dust If You Must” by Rose Milligan. Pat served creme de mint cake, candy, nuts, coffee and tea. Again, the next meeting will be March 25 when members travel to Colo. Please meet at the Methodist Church at 12:30.
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