Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Club Dinner for The Master's Wall by Sandi Rog

A highlight of last week was our quarterly ladies book club dinner and discussion.

by Sandi Rog

After watching Roman soldiers drag his parents away to their death, David, a young Hebrew, is sold and enslaved to serve at a villa outside of Rome. As David trains to become a skilled fighter, he works hard to please his master and hopes to earn his freedom. However, an opportunity to escape tempts him with its whispering call. Freedom beckons, but invisible chains hold him captive to the master's granddaughter, an innocent girl with a fiery spirit. David vows to protect Alethea from his master, the murderous patriarch, and contrives a daring plan—sacrifice his own life to save hers.

The Master's Wall takes readers on a journey through ancient Rome, where young David is captured and forced into slavery under the wealthy Vibian Cornelius Aloysius. For our book club dinner, we wanted to transport guests to the palace of Aloysius. So co-coordinator Missy Jones and I abandoned our usual meeting room and cluster of round tables for banquet-style seating in the tiled foyer just inside our church building. We set rectangular tables end to end and covered them with tablecloths, which allowed all of us to sit together.

Gilded edges on china plates and goblets and gold-colored chargers, napkins and candle sticks gave our party a regal feel. We placed our appetizers on the table: herbed cheese and crackers, olives, red and green grapes, and crusty rounds of bread with parmesan olive oil for dipping.


The golden glow of candlelight -- and friendship -- lit the night as we went over The Master's Wall for a book club dinner to remember.

Still to come this week, more book club fun and the reveal of our latest selection!


Anonymous said...

I hope you got my e-mail telling you I got the book. Thank-you so much. I look forward to reading it.


Sandi Rog said...

What a beautiful dinner! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.

Rach said...

Very pretty tablescape! Nice warm fall colors.

I came across a book I and thought of you!

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