"You become so involved that you want to absorb every morsel."
-- Lynnette Cole, Miss USA 2000
"An engaging read of real-life vignettes and relationships. I read it cover to cover. As Savannah discovers her beliefs, values, and passions, the reader will be looking into their own mirror of truth."
-- Naomi Judd
Reading Group Guide
1) In the first chapter Savannah is certain her mother has once again tried to control her life. It is an assumption that totally changes the course of her destiny. Have you ever allowed an assumption of your own to greatly affect your life, only to discover later that your assumption was wrong?
2) Savannah was greatly affected by what she read in Gloria Richardson's writings. Whose writings have greatly affected you? What did they cause you to discover, accomplish, or believe?
3) On Savannah's trip home, the very essence of her city conjures up a multitude of emotions. What feelings does going home stir up inside of you?
4) Savannah dreads telling her mother that she has decided not to accept the award for winning the fiction contest. This conversation brings to light one of life's greatest areas of conflict--the mother daughter relationship. Do you remember the first time you had to deal with your mother on the footing of an adult decision?
5) Savannah thinks moving out will remedy ninety-nine percent of all of her difficulties. What apartment hunting experiences did you have? Was living in your first apartment what you expected it to be? What disappointments and hardships did you face as you struck out on your own?
6) Savannah discovers quickly that the man whom she thought would one day be her husband had traveled to bluer oceans. She had mistakenly thought love would wait around forever. Did someone get away from you? Could you have changed the outcome?
7) Savannah's father is a steady force throughout the book. Who provides a steady force in your life?
8) Each morning is spent in tilling time. This is Savannah's time to clear her head, focus her heart, and till her soil. What time of the day do you carve out to till the soil of your life? What do you do to accomplish this?
9) Amber is the consummate beauty queen, but she really just wants to be Savannah's friend. Who is the Amber in your life?
10) Savannah gets her first real job. But not the way she thought, not in the way she should have, and not in the office she had hoped. What was your first job like? How did it compare to what you had envisioned or planned?
11) Katherine holds in her store Savannah's greatest treasures--books. What are your greatest treasures?
12) Emma is the epitome of loss. She defines the effects of it without the hope of anything of value coming from it. What were your moments of loss that you wallowed in? What were the thoughts that caused you to believe there was no way out?
13) Savannah's discovery of Gloria's tape brings a new revelation. Her own mother might be an illegitimate winner. You might have assumed that Savannah would take joy in the exposure, but she doesn't. She agonizes over the very revealing of that possibility to her mother. Have you ever known something that you knew would hurt someone you love? What did you do?
14) Savannah's first article could almost be deemed a complete failure. And even worse, she doesn't know it until someone points it out to her. But her boss has mercy on her, and her second try turns out to be a vast improvement. How does failure affect you? When have you failed? Was your response to quit or to keep trying? What was the response of others?
15) When Savannah gets the note that someone is waiting for her at the fountain, she immediately goes into panic mode, only to find out it is her mother. Has your mother ever surprised you with stories of her life that you never dreamed were possible? Did you ever underestimate your mother?
16) Savannah greatly esteems Katherine. In the end Savannah discovers that Katherine is very similar to the women that irritate her, yet so different. Have you ever found out that someone you respected was part of something you didn't understand, and then found a greater understanding of the thing because of the person you respected?
17) Savannah's last article is her own revelation, based on her own loss lessons. What have the losses in your life taught you? What had you thought you had lost only to discover what you had gained was far greater than any loss you could have ever known?
18) What part of Savannah's character do you see in yourself?