Discussion Questions for your Book Club

I hope your book club will read Secrets and Shamrocks. Here are some questions to consider:

  1. Is it realistic to think that everyone at Shepherd’s Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast has secrets? Which secrets, when revealed, are the most surprising?
  2. People confide in Jordan, even almost-strangers. What are her qualities that make people feel that they can tell her their secrets?
  3. Prescription medications play a role in the story on several levels. How does Alex’s situation parallel the others that involve meds?
  4. Do you think Magdala’s cottage is the same cottage that Ian wrote about in the legend of the man who hid the priest? Why or why not?
  5. What does Paul Broussard’s appearance add to the story? What does the scene in the Dublin restaurant reveal about Jordan?
  6. What do the clips of Irish history add to the story?
  7. Does Grace’s letter, after Jordan and Alex have returned to Savannah, provide a satisfying ending? What is left unresolved?

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I write a little bit of everything - fiction, nonfiction, and sometimes even poetry. For twenty years I served on the English faculty at Nashville State Community College, where I taught composition, literature, and creative writing. I was editor of the literary magazine, Tetrahedra, for eight years, and it was one of the joys of my career to see student writers get their first opportunity to be published. I earned my B.S. in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received my M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. My home is Nashville, close to my two daughters and their families. I like to play tennis and play the piano. Tuesday nights, I meet with a writers group that I've been in for more years than I will say!

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