Week 3 Discussion Questions for Book Lovers Unite: Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

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This is the last week of questions- we have discussed and had a great time!

I hope you have enjoyed reading Hush Little Baby with Book Lovers Unite.

Please know that if you have read- but have not commented- you can still join in! It’s not too late.

Next week- Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be happening- and I wish you and your family a happy holiday. And if you go out and Black Friday shop- have fun!

 

Questions for Week 3:

1. What was your overall thoughts about the book?

 

2. How did you like the ending? Fitting? Would you like to know more about Jillian or is her story over?

 

3. What do you think- did Gordon kill Jeffrey? Was Jeffrey just in the wrong place, wrong time? Suzanne never really tells us 100% absolutely if Gordon did or not.

 

4. I asked you when we first started this book- what would you do if you were in Jillian’s place and told you to think about it. After finishing the book- are you still certain of what you would do?

 

5. A father’s love was another theme in this book. Jillian’s dad loved her and worked hard to save her. And Claudia’s dad was another father who did what he could to help Jillian. Did Claudia’s father help out because of Jillian- or was it strictly love for his daughter and Jillian just benefited?

 

 

8 thoughts on “Week 3 Discussion Questions for Book Lovers Unite: Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

  1. I loved this book! Gripping, wrought with tension and conflict, and beautifully written. Great choice, Tamara!

    I thought the ending was very satisfying. Gordon’s death was the only way Jillian would ever feel free and have peace of mind. I was so hoping Jillian would take care of Gordon herself, and I didn’t want a man coming in to save her. Suzanne didn’t let me down!

    One of the things I loved most about this book was how it made me realize that it’s impossible to know for certain what I would do in Jillian’s situation. Her concern for her children caused her to stay in the marriage too long and leave too abruptly. I believe I would have shared more with friends and family, so I don’t think I’d be as alienated as Jillian.And it drove me crazy how careless Jillian was with the new baby while in the hospital. I would have hired a guard at my hospital door and kept a tether on that baby! And yes, I do think Gordon killed Jeffrey.

    Great question about Claudia’s father! Hmm…I’m not sure. Initially he resented Jillian, didn’t like that his friend’s daughter was so successful while his own daughter, Claudia, was floundering. As he discovered the truth, I believe he was desperate to save both women from Gordon.

    Lovely, lovey book and wonderful discussion questions. Thank you, Suzanne and T!

    • Hi Lori!

      Yes, it’s so easy to sit back and say exactly what YOU would do if you were in Jillian’s shoes. While I sincerely hope that none of us would ever have to think about it- it’s food for thought. And maybe a lesson!

      I’ll tell you why Jillian didn’t say anything to her parents (at first)- it’s that whole saying “momma don’t want to hear all about the fight- and then you go make up with your lover”- Neither parent could handle hearing about Gordon (altho for very different reasons).

      I LOVED Claudia’s father. Yes, because of their past I could see exactly why he wouldn’t believe Jillian- but, to realize his precious Claudia was in danger- and to know that to save his daughter- he had to save Jillian- was such a pivotal moment.

      Totally think Gordon killed Jeffrey- but love that Suzanne never really revealed (it’s totally her Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” moment!)

  2. Hello, Sorry to join the discussion a few days late. Thank you, Lori for all your thoughtful feedback. And thank you, Tamara for spotlighting HLB and for your amazing questions. I’m glad the book provided such dynamic conversation.

    It is very difficult to know what any of us would do if we were in Jillian’s shoes, I hope none of us ever find out. Isolation is a key to the abuser’s control, so you’re right, Lori, if Jillian would have trusted people early on, she might have been better off, but then again, if she did that, I wouldn’t have had a story : ).

    I loved both of the fathers in the story, old lions who didn’t have much left of their teeth or claws, but who still stood up and roared to defend their daughters.

    Thanks again for the wonderful chat. Suzanne

  3. . What was your overall thoughts about the book? Loved it!

    2. How did you like the ending? Fitting? Would you like to know more about Jillian or is her story over? I would love to know more about what happens to Jillian and the family. I enjoyed the just desserts at the end. 🙂

    3. What do you think- did Gordon kill Jeffrey? Was Jeffrey just in the wrong place, wrong time? Suzanne never really tells us 100% absolutely if Gordon did or not.
    I am certain that Gordon found out about them, and would not let it rest until Jeffrey died. It has his “signature” written all over it.

    4. I asked you when we first started this book- what would you do if you were in Jillian’s place and told you to think about it. After finishing the book- are you still certain of what you would do? I honestly do not think I am certain of what I would do in the situation, but what I am certain of is that I would protect my children from harm at all cost.

    5. A father’s love was another theme in this book. Jillian’s dad loved her and worked hard to save her. And Claudia’s dad was another father who did what he could to help Jillian. Did Claudia’s father help out because of Jillian- or was it strictly love for his daughter and Jillian just benefited? he did what was right in the end, and I was happy about that!

    • I really enjoyed HLB as well. I def think Gordon killed Jeffrey.
      I LOVE that after reading this- we are all unsure of exactly what we’d do- but feel that protecting the children is top priority.
      I also adore Claudia’s father- I thought he was going to be an ass- but I’m glad he stepped in & did the right thing!

  4. Suzy says:

    I, too, loved Hush Little Baby. By the second chapter, my stomach was in knots and felt sick. The book was a page-turner. I personally felt bad for Jillian from the first chapter and I was rooting for her until the end. I never doubted her, but maybe that’s because I don’t have kids.

    The book ended the way I was hoping…Gordon, the SOB, would get what was coming.

    My one question for Suzanne at her book readings and events has been, “Did Gordon kill Jeffrey?” I know in my heart that he killed Jeffrey because he was THAT evil, but I keep wanting Suzanne to confirm. : )

    It’s easy to say “if that happened to me, I’d bail,” but we all know that’s not what happens. Emotions and uncertainty play a big role in what someone decides to do. Jillian was truly frightened for her life and she had every reason to be.

    I loved Jillian’s relationship with her dad and it broke my heart how much he wanted to help Jillian but could only do so much. In the end though, he was able to protect her.

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