Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez is the official February 2024 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
If you’re going to host a book club that reads fun books, how can you not choose a romance for February?!
I’m always on the lookout for a fun twist to our February choice and when I spotted this one described as a “modern day fairy tale” I was intrigued.
What I didn’t expect was a page-turning read I couldn’t put down.
I loved Part of Your World so much, I’ve already downloaded the follow-up spin off sequel to my Kindle and I can’t wait to read that, too.
I’m so excited to share this month’s book club pick with you.
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What is Part of Your World About?
“After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?”
Part of Your World Discussion Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
Alexis and Daniel lead very different lifestyles, which one would you choose for yourself?
How is “Part of Your World” like a modern day fairy tale? Compare it to your other favorite fairy tales.
How did you feel about the Neil story arch? Did anything he do surprise you or do you feel his plot was predictable?
How does Alexis’ family dynamic with her parents and her brother compare to the family dynamic with your own family? Did you see any similarities?
Alexis faces a major turning point with her friends during the girlfriends’ getaway. Have you ever experienced something similar? What would you have done in Alexis’ shoes?
Do you think Alexis and Daniel are a good match? Where are they in 10 years from the end of the story?
Would you be attracted to a guy like Daniel? Which was his most romantic moment?
Book Club Party Menu
I think it is so fun to plan your book club dinner menu or dessert list based on the theme of the book.
In the case of Part of Your World, there are several key plot points that lend themselves to a fun book club menu.
Grown Up Grilled Cheese Bar
Aleix and Daniel meet and begin to fall in love when he makes her a grown up grilled cheese sandwich.
You could have a make-your-own grilled cheese station with fancy fillings like peppered bacon, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil or all the things you’d need to make these grilled ham and havarti sandwiches:
Thank You Spaghetti Dinner
Daniel’s Apps and a Girl Power Quiche
Daniel is quite the chef in the story and makes several delicious bites. At one point he serves caprese bites and a goat cheese appetizer to Alexis’ friends.
Make an easy quiche recipe like the one that Alexis eventually learns to cook for herself in a major power move. To be totally authentic, be sure to use chopped broccoli and spinach for the veggie fillings.