She's always seemed to lack confidence, quite quiet and shy and doesn't seem very adventurous at all so I was surprised when she asked if she could come and join the group.
She said she felt she needed to push herself a little to meet people and read more interesting books - she's assuming we actually read interesting books of course!
She doesn't go out a lot, mainly a stay at home mum, and I know she was a little nervous of meeting the other 8 members of the group.
Anyway she did a fine job of hosting the evening and then produced her chosen book......
My friend then went on to explain why she'd chosen this particular book. It's about Bill Bryson walking part of the Appalachian Trail and apparently her father, who is a keen walker, had walked the whole of the trail, in one go, a few years ago.
The trail is along the East coast of the USA and is around 2200 miles long!
We were so impressed, she had photo's and stories from him about the walk, it had taken him 6 months and he'd mostly been alone, camping in the woods and shelters.
Well the book was such a hit that for our June meeting when we were due to get together for
Pimms & nibbles, to discuss the book, it was suggested we invite "Dad" along. He obliged us and spent the evening telling us tales from his "walk in the woods" and answered all our questions. It was a great evening, probably the best we've ever had - I've since acquired 2 other Bill Bryson books which are now on my "must read" pile. He has a great way of story telling and there were no negative comments at all - that must be a first!
And what did we learn - never judge a book by it's cover - in more ways than one. We have a very valuable new member of our group.