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FB&C Book Discussion - A Field of Poppies By Sharon Sala

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Initial post: Mar 6, 2014 5:47:47 PM PST
KayKay says:
Welcome to the FREE Books & Chat Book Discussion for March.
Tonight we are gathering in the lovely atrium. There are cold winds and snow blowing around many of us right out of the floor to ceiling windows.
But, we are cozy and warm and surrounded by many flowering and green plants. If you look close you might even find some poppies. So, pull up a nice
wicker chair, or a rocker or even one of the Big Joe Bean Bag Chairs that I find so cozy.

There are a selection of finger sandwiches and other finger foods and a vast selection of drinks. Maybe you would like a warm coffee or tea - there are plenty
of creamers and stir ins for that and some hot chocolate as well. Wine is also available alone or as a spritzer.

So get comfy and let's discuss our book:

by Sharon Sala
A Field Of Poppies

Two families. One secret.
Separated by a river and twenty years of lies.

Five minutes changed Poppy Sadler's life forever. Tick. The hospital called. Her mother's battle with cancer was finally over. Tock.
The police showed up at her door. Her father's body has just been pulled from the River. Tick. Murdered.
Tick, Tock. Five minutes and a secret is coming undone.

Across the river, Justin Caulfield's vast fortune can buy him anything but more time. Tick. A deadly disease is stealing his daughter's life.
He needs a miracle. Tock. The person he never doubted names the price he never knew he owed. A price more than one man can pay. Tick. Betrayed.
Tick, Tock. Twenty years of lies may cost him his very soul.

So, what did you think of the book?
How would you have felt if you were in Poppy Sadlers' place?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:06:05 PM PST
Elle says:
Thanks for hosting KayKay.

I loved this book. I think I would have felt lost initially, like the floor was pulled out from under me. I really liked Poppy. She was strong but maybe the author made her too strong. I did love her reaction to her coworkers after they found out about her father.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:09:26 PM PST
KayKay says:
Hi Elle,

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:09:28 PM PST
KayKay, thank you for hosting tonight. What a lovely room! Let me grab my coffee.
The book----I really enjoyed the story and the depth of the characters. I was glad it did not end when the murder was solved.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:09:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2014 6:11:14 PM PST
I only made it to 80% as of this minute, so I'm not sure how it ends. But I've enjoyed the story so far. An interesting slice of an "owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store'' type town.

I find all the characters likeable, although we don't have time in the context of the story to get to know the two detectives very well. But I like Mike, and it's cute to watch him falling for Poppy.

I do note that Callie sounds more like she's 6 or 7, not 14. And the syrupy sibling sauce between John and Poppy was a bit overdone, imho.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:14:10 PM PST
KayKay says:
Hi travelogues and folina
Did you think the John and Poppy relationship was due to the fact that they thought they only shared one parent and were tied by family traditions?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:14:18 PM PST
Josie says:
I enjoyed the book, too. I thought the identity of Poppy's father was apparent very early on, but I did like all the twists and turns that took place to get there.

Folina, I think you will see Callie a bit differently by the end of the book. I thought she seemed like a spoiled brat at first, too, but my opinion changed.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:14:57 PM PST
Poppy did a fair amount of moaning & covering her face, though. I think that was meant as the moments of weakness.

I think though that it was a good mix of "I can't do this" and "I gotta do this."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:17:38 PM PST
Oh, I don't dislike Callie at all. (Please don't y'all worry about spoilers--I'm fine with them.)

I just think her dialogue sounds not-teenager. Not even cultured sheltered teenager. The phrasing was just too elementary.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:17:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2014 6:18:13 PM PST
KayKay says:
Do you think that Callie HAD to change as life around her changed. Even the Cauldfield money couldn't't save her from her disease.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:21:34 PM PST
Perhaps. I just found it odd that step-siblings would be SO attuned & solicitous of one another. John, except for his guilt in abandoning the family, doesn't appear to have any other flaws. For that matter, Poppy hasn't any flaws, does she?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:22:52 PM PST
Elle says:

I liked the relationship between Poppy and her brother. He felt guilty for leaving and discovering what Poppy had to handle on her own made him feel worse so he may have overcompensated a little.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:23:02 PM PST
Undoubtedly. She didn't have any choice. Disease can be an equalizer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:24:50 PM PST
I do think Callie changed as she got sick. I also think she put on front for Dad and Grandma, not letting on what all she knew and understood about maybe dying.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:25:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2014 6:25:54 PM PST
Maybe that was so, yes. Maybe it was the honey sweetie sugar names that struck me as odd. But...I don't have brothers, so what do I know?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:26:06 PM PST
KayKay says:
Coming from the "wrong side of tracks" and feeling like work and home were her only options seemed Imho to be a cultural fault. Do you feel that your identity is bound by your past or family?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:27:52 PM PST
KayKay says:
Me neither Folina, sisters certainly don't act that way. Lol

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:28:15 PM PST
Elle says:
It's been a while since I read the book, but I didn't get that impression.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:28:31 PM PST
Josie says:
I thought it was nice how well John and Poppy got along, but when you lose both your parents on the same day, you tend to be closer to your only family. I was glad John kept telling Poppy she was his sister, even though they shared no blood relationship; I think that is important for anyone who might be adopted or a step-child. . .to know family means many different things.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:29:37 PM PST
Personally? Not at all. But there are dyanastic families on both sides of those tracks. Justin felt obligated to produce a suitable heir, and the miners believed they wouldn't ever rise out of the mines. All victims of societal identities.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:31:08 PM PST
KayKay says:
That is true and a great point. Family is more than just blood.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:31:40 PM PST
Elle says:
No, but it can be very difficult to break away from something like that.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:32:28 PM PST
Sure, and their relationship IS sweet and endearing. I just found the dialouge which embodied it to be unrealistic. Who ends sentences with."...sister..." unless it's an Amish girl?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 6:32:31 PM PST
Josie says:
I think so. Growing up in a small town where everybody knows your entire family makes it kind of difficult to avoid comparisons. Sometimes I think that is all right, and other times it just adds stress to your life. In this book, the differences were extreme, but I do think that is still the case in many locations.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 6:33:36 PM PST
KayKay says:
Do you think that the loss of Poppies family was why she had such a hard time forgivingJustin? Or why did you think it was so hard for her?
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