Let's have a discussion about Northland Cottage! Here are some questions to get you going... or share your own thoughts.
v Though they are sisters and love each other very much, Caroline and Ashelynn are very different. How are they different? What are their individual strengths and weaknesses? How do their strengths help them to grow? How do their weaknesses hinder their progress? How do they help each other through their individual trials?
v Explore the similarities and differences between William Houston and Justin Holliday. How are they different? How are they alike? How does their behavior and actions toward Ashelynn affect her character development? What, if anything, did she learn from her time spent with these men?
v As Nancy Anne's character is introduced, she seems eager for male attention, does this change throughout the story? Some of the characters may have influenced her to grow and change? Who are these characters and what did they do?
v What effect do Caroline’s encouragements toward Conner eventually have on him? How has positive reinforcement from others helped you in your own life? Is there anyone in your life you might be able to help by giving them some positive reinforcement?
v Caroline's and Harrison's situations are similar—they are both in love with people they may never get to be with. They support and understand one another and even call themselves, "the pathetic pair." Although their situations are similar, how are they also different?
v Why does Ashelynn ultimately choose to pursue a relationship with Harrison? What character trait does he display that the other two men may have lacked?
v Ashelynn's eagerness to have a romantic partner led her to hastily give her heart away to a less than honest man. What advice, if any, can we give young people to help them avoid similar pitfalls? What can we do while children are young to encourage them to be virtuous, honorable and trustworthy and to ultimately seek out a partner who is likewise virtuous, honorable and trustworthy?