Smithville United Church

Book Club

Smithville United Church's book club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the church parlour at 7:00pm. We welcome anyone who loves to read and would like to share some fellowship time and discussion of a predetermined book for each month. 


OCTOBER:  Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

NOVEMBER:  Commonwealth by Ann Pratchett

                        JANUARY:  The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat

FEBRUARY:  Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

MARCH:  The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

APRIL:  This is How It Always Is by Laurie Fenkel

MAY: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


April Book Synopsis: (Taken from

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

May Book Synopsis: (Taken from

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.