OV BOOK CLUB

Ocean View Book Club

Come join us in discussing this wonderful book
The book club will be taking a summer break….

Only The Beautiful by Susan Meissner

Book Club Selection for Summer Read

“Only the Beautiful” – by Susan Meissner

An historical fiction
A heart rending story about a young mother’s fight to keep her daughter, and the winds of fortune that tear them apart by the New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things and The Last Year of the War.

California, 1938—When she loses her parents in an accident, sixteen-year-old Rosanne is taken in by the owners of the vineyard where she has lived her whole life as the vinedresser’s daughter. She moves into Celine and Truman Calvert’s spacious house with a secret, however—Rosie sees colors when she hears sound. She promised her mother she’d never reveal her little-understood ability to anyone, but the weight of her isolation and grief prove too much for her. Driven by her loneliness she not only breaks the vow to her mother, but in a desperate moment lets down her guard and ends up pregnant. 

Banished by the Calverts, Rosanne believes she is bound for a home for unwed mothers, and having lost her family she treasures her pregnancy as the chance for a future one. But she soon finds out she is not going to a home of any kind, but to a place far worse than anything she could have imagined.

Austria, 1947—After witnessing firsthand Adolf Hitler’s brutal pursuit of hereditary purity—especially with regard to “different children”—Helen Calvert, Truman’s sister, is ready to return to America for good. But when she arrives at her brother’s peaceful vineyard after decades working abroad, she is shocked to learn what really happened nine years earlier to the vinedresser’s daughter, a girl whom Helen had long ago befriended. In her determination to find Rosanne, Helen discovers that while the war had been won in Europe, there are still terrifying battles to be fought at home.

The Book Club will meet in the Multipurpose Room and discuss this book at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 10, 2024.

Contact Church Librarian, Sherrill Lubinsky if you have any questions or are interested in joining the OV Book Club.

Looking Ahead:
October – “The First Ladies” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
November – “The Women” by Kristin Hannah

To view a list of books  previously read, from 2008 (year the Book Club was formed) to 2023 (current) click on Book Archives.