I know, and am thrilled, that there are book clubs out there discussing River Witch. Thank you! Here are some thought starter questions for you. Enjoy your discussion, and if you would like me to come and talk (in person or by zoom) with you, I’d love to do that.*
You can read about some of the background to the story in various blog posts which can be found here.
Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what would your title be?
What were the main themes of the book? How did Cheryl Burman bring those themes to life?
The book is historical fantasy – what do you understand by that?
Does the author blend the real world with the spiritual in an appealing way? Can you give examples?
The book is set in late 19th C England. How important was the time period to the story?
The story is set in the fictional river port of Shiphaven. Do you think the setting was important to the story and why?
Did you think Hester was a relatable protagonist? What did you like/not like about her?
There times when Hester could have made different choices. What might they have been and would they have helped her reach her dream more easily?
What do you think about Aaron’s choices in his relationship with Hester? What do you think drove him to those particular choices?
What role does Marianne play in the story? How does she influence both Aaron and Hester?
Hester’s relationship with the various members of her own family is complex. How do each of them help shape her path?
Do you think the ending was satisfying, and why? If not, why not?
Which location in the book would you most like to visit and why?
Were there any quotes (or passages) that stood out to you? Why?
What did you like most about the book? What did you like the least?
How did the book make you feel? What emotions did it evoke?
Did this book remind you of any other books you’ve read? Describe the connection.
Would you recommend the book to a friend? How would you summarize the story if you were to recommend it?
What burning question (s) would you want to ask the author?
* As I’m not an author seeking to make a living from writing, I don’t charge for such visits although I might ask for expenses if required.