Interested in using one of my books for your book club? Below are questions to help draw out discussions. If you’d like to know more about the development of the characters, the inspiration behind the stories, or the historical setting, I’d be more than happy to talk to your group via speakerphone or Zoom. Let me know through my contact page, and I’ll be delighted to set up a time to talk during one of your meetings.
The Duke’s Refuge questions:
- Georgia sailed across the Atlantic to a strange land. Tell of a time you’ve had to venture out into the unknown. Were you nervous? Excited? Scared?
- Pink is Georgia’s shield against her past hurts. What defense mechanisms do you use (or have used) to distance yourself from being emotionally wounded?
- Initially, Harrison assumes Georgia was “high-in-the-instep” or self-absorbed. Has there been a time when you judged someone unfairly? How did you recognize the misconception?
- Georgia sought her mother and sisters’ approval, hoping to gain their love. How did learning God loved her unconditionally change her goals and feelings toward her family?
- Do you believe God would pursue you across an ocean? How do the words of Psalm 139: 7-10 influence you: “Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (NIV)
- Georgia felt abandoned by her father. How was God able to restore their relationship? Have you ever struggled with feelings of abandonment? Have you had any success with reconciliation?
- Max told Georgia that God filled the hole in his heart after his mother died. Georgia reflected on how she’d pushed God away instead of allowing him to fill her emptiness. Have you struggled with loss? Do you believe God can fill the hole of loss? If so, who has God brought into your life to help you heal? Have you allowed God in to help mend the ache?
- At the docks, when Harrison and Max were about to board the Essex for England, Harrison asked Georgia to come with him. Even though she loves Harrison, she turns him down to stay with her father. How does this sacrifice reveal the change in Georgia’s nature?
- After Julian, the Earl of Claremont, arrived in Nevis, Georgia pushed her parasol (her last pink item) into his chest and walked away with a sense of freedom. How did she realize the color pink had changed from a security blanket into a bond she needed to free herself from?
- During their wedding reception, Harrison discovers Georgia and Max fishing, and he realizes that sometimes life chooses for you. Sometimes you weigh your options and make the best decision possible. But other times, something you never would have chosen blesses you in a way you never would have expected. How has God surprised you with a blessing you might not have chosen or expected?