Welcome to our very first discussion of The Wilted Rose Book Club! I’m very excited to share with you my thoughts about the first part of A Secret History of Witches. It’s my first time reading this book and I’ve finished just today the first third of it. Before sharing my thoughts, I have a few questions for you.
Discussion #1: The Book of Nanette and The book of Ursule. Suggested dates: February 1st-February 9th. Use the “LEAVE A REPLAY ” field to share your thoughts.
1) Who is your favorite character between Nanette and Ursule? And why do you prefer one to the other?
2) At the beginning, Ursule is very skeptical of her family traditions and she seems so different compared to her mother. Yet, their relation stays strong throughout the story. Is there something that you would have changed in this mother-daughter relationship?
3) What do you think about Nanette’s interference in Ursule’s life that was a leading key event to the heartbroken end?
4) Is there a passage or a quote that touched your heart?
5) What are your overall thoughts about this story so far?
I’ve enjoyed this book so far and I believe that the story will become more and more intriguing. I resonate the most with Nanette, because we have a few things in common. However, I was pretty annoyed and disappointed when she interfered with Ursule’s life. From an early age, Ursule had shown to be a confident, young woman who just wanted to live her life without thinking of getting married just because the patriarchal society wanted to. On the contrary, her mother, who had raised her daughter without a man and whom she was raised by her sisters, believed that her daughter needed a man in order to give her a child. Now, I could see how Nanette was afraid of dying, leaving her daughter alone but for me, the steps she took to manipulate her daughter’s life were a little extreme.
Pages 109: “I will marry someone Maman.” she said. She hadn’t thought about it before, but now it seemed the perfect answer. Page 111: “She wasn’t sure she wanted to share Orchard Farm with anyone, even if it meant having only ghosts for company around her table.” The end of the Book of Ursule made me spill a tear.
Discussion #2 will take place here on the blog and we’ll be sharing our opinions about The Book of Irene and The Book of Morwen. Suggested dates: February 10th-February 19th.