Baust Literary Society
The book choice for the month of November is “Ghost Fire” by Wilbur Smith.
An epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage that brings the reader deep into the seething heart of the French Indian War.
1754. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents.
Theo, wracked with guilt, strikes a solitary path through life. Haunted by the spirits of lovers and family members, he is determined to atone for his mistakes. He seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army.
Believing herself abandoned by her brother, and abused and brutalized by a series of corrupt guardians, Connie vows never to let any man own her. Instead, she uses her beauty to manipulate her way to France, where she is welcomed into high society. But Connie once again finds herself at the mercy of vicious men, whose appetite for war and glory lead her to the frontlines of the French battlefield in North America.
As the siblings find their destinies converging once more, they realize that the vengeance and redemption they both desperately seek could cost them their lives.
We will meet on November 23rd at 6PM in the Parsonage to discuss the book.
The book choice for the month of December is “Mount Vernon Love Story” by Mary Higgins Clark.
In Mount Vernon Love Story, bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark reveals the flesh-and-blood man who became the “father of our country” in a story that is charming, insightful, and immensely entertaining.
Always a lover of history, Mary Higgins Clark wrote this extensively researched biographical novel and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, after the motto of George Washington’s mother. Published in 1969, the book was more recently discovered by a Washington family descendant and reissued as Mount Vernon Love Story. Dispelling the widespread belief that although George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, he reserved his true love for Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend’s wife, Mary Higgins Clark describes the Washington marriage as one full of tenderness and passion, as a bond between two people who shared their lives—even the bitter hardship of a winter in Valley Forge—in every way. In this author’s skilled hands, the history, the love, and the man come fully and dramatically alive.