Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes

Four high school girls put their dreams in a blue bottle on Christmas Day in 1929. The bottle is hidden in an attic. The girls promise to support one another as the dreams are pursued.
Sixty-five years later the house is demolished and the blue bottle discovered by a workman. He gives the bottle to the young TV reporter covering the end of the historic landmark.
Intrigued by the messages in the bottle, she tries to locate the women now in their eighties. She uncovers stories of life happening and dreams unfulfilled. She is also confronted with strong belief in God and His plans for the women.
This is a great story. I read it for a reading group. It makes thoughtful discussion possible as we all face unfulfilled dreams and how we have dealt with them.

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