A little over a decade, in the spring of 2007, a group of ten book lovers formed a local book club. None of us would have imagined that we would still be passionate about our club some ten years later Originally named “The Same Sweet Girls” (based on the Cassandra King novel by the same name), but as time went by our group has taken on a second designation: “Bookies”. My older sister who was living in Athens, Georgia, at the time, gave me guidelines that had worked successfully for her group, and we were quick to get on board. Some of the group members had been friends for years while it was the beginning of new friendships for several of us. The hundred or so books we have read have created many opportunities for travel adventures from meeting an author in Oxford, MS to Charleston to New Orleans to quick beach retreats. Two of the original ten members have moved away, but still stay active when they can while in recent months our membership has grown by five. Although the love of books is a common thread, this group has become much more than a book discussion forum to all of us. From the joys of celebrating marriages and the birth of grandchildren to the pain of divorce and death, there is an inexplicable bond of which we are all grateful.
A highlight of our year is the annual Christmas luncheon which Maurine Johnston has hosted many times throughout the years. An avid gardener, decorator, and gracious hostess, her home was a magical holiday setting overflowing with fresh greenery, gorgeous floral design, and family Christmas heirlooms.
Wishing you all the timeless treasures of Christmas, the warmth of home, the love of family, and the company of good friends . . .