Our January book club was scheduled to meet during a snow storm and, for the second month in a row, we had to change the date. Clearly, Winter is not cooperating with our calendar! Luckily, most of our group was able to make the new night and so was our main attraction. Drum roll please…we organized a skype “meet and greet” with Jillian Medoff, the author of our January book, I Couldn’t Love You More.
The book is an easy, quick read. It grabs you from page one and keeps your attention throughout. It is a story about love, family and choices; specifically the relationship between mothers and daughters. The story centers around Eliot Gordon a working mother, living in suburban Atlanta, who has one daughter and two stepdaughters with her partner Grant Delaney. She is trying to balance work, the daily responsibilities of caring for her extended family and loving her daughter and stepdaughters equally. Eliot’s college love, Finn Montgomery, shows up in Atlanta and turns Eliot’s life upside down. Without giving up the rest of the story, it is safe to say Eliot has to make choices about what is most important to her and her family.
It was one of our best book clubs to date! Having Jillian join us and discuss her book was a special treat. I am so glad I finished the book in time and was able to take part in the conversation. It was interesting to hear Jillian’s answers to our many questions and how she related to the characters and made them so believable. Jillian gave us insight in writing the book and her perspective on how the story unfolded. We felt like we had know her forever and all this through the computer! If you get the opportunity to engage with an author of a book you have read, you will enjoy the book even more, this was how I felt about I Couldn’t Love You More.