2021-01-27 Book Club Questions, The Girl on the Boat

Let’s do something fun today! I’ve had requests for book club questions to go along with my books, and I would love to make such a thing available. (Let me know in the comments if you want me to include it in my books or as a separately available download!)

In the meantime, I thought I’d include some book club questions here! It’s been almost a year since I released The Girl on the Boat, and it continues to be one of my best-sellers, so I thought we’d start there. (Plus, it’s a quick read if you want to brush up or try it out in order to participate!)

To make it more fun, let’s include a giveaway! Answer any one of these questions in the comments below (or leave any comment!), and you could be chosen to win a free copy of any one book in the series (your choice!), in either paperback or ebook.

Warning: If you haven’t read The Girl on the Boat yet, there may be spoilers in this post and in the comments!

Okay, let’s go!

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1 Which character did you like best? Why? Here are a few to choose from: Bailey, Tommy, Monica, Stan Lehman, Baron Hackett.Β 

2 Did the characters feel believable to you? Did they remind you of anyone you already know?

3 Have you ever wanted something as badly as Bailey wanted to be a mail jumper? What was it? Why was it important to you?

4 Have you ever been afraid of getting someone in trouble, like Bailey was? Have you ever doubted your own mind because a person you disagreed with was popular or powerful?

5 Do you think Tommy should have pushed Bailey to report the break-in suspect, even when he didn’t know who it was? Why or why not?

6 Baron is smart and popular and apparently has many secrets! How did you feel about him in the beginning of the story? The middle? The end? Who’s side do you think he’s actually on?

7 Do you think Monica was justified in jumping to conclusions about who broke into the police station and why? Or should she have waited until more facts were available?

8 At the end of the story, what questions do you still have? What do you wish the author had gone into more detail about?

Contest Rules

    • In the comments, answer at least one of the questions above. (For clarity, go ahead and include the question number!) Or leave a comment of your choice.
    • The contest will remain open until Feb. 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm Central Time.
    • Danielle will randomly choose one winner from the people who answered a question. She will get in touch with them to let them know they won. The winner will also be announced in the comments.
    • The winner can choose one copy of any of Danielle’s books–even Mailboat IV! (Releasing June 5, 2021.) The winner can choose to receive their book as an ebook (for any device) or as a paperback. If the winner chooses a paperback, they can also have it autographed for free.

Okay, people, this book club is open for discussion! Start commenting for your chance at a free book!

Need copies of any of my books for your book club? Get them here!

Comments (27)

  1. Carey Williams


    I love Bailey!She is so strong for all she has endured in her short life. I wish she would have found out the truth about her dad sooner.

  2. Pat Perkins


    Question #1…Tommy! He is the most wonderful, understanding and most of all caring of any of the characters in your books! He is the perfect “Grandpa” character that I truly wished I could have had when I was young! I wished he had talked to Bailey before he did but I could certainly understand why he put it off as long as he did. I cried when I read the last book and when he was in the hospital. A friend had told me about the series and suggested I try it…I only read basically one author…Lisa Jackson….but you are now on my list along with her!! Thank you for the great series!!!

  3. Dianne Paxton


    I think Tommy chose appropriately to encourage Bailey to do the right thing. Because in the end we are all held accountable for the choices we make.

    • Reply

      What a great way to describe Bailey. I love how people keep describing her as strong, even though she would never be able to see herself that way! (At least, not yet.) Thanks, Judy!

    • Reply

      Hahah! Yes, absolutely! I can’t wait for you and everyone else to see the next one, Mailboat IV. It’s on schedule to release June 5th! If you win the drawing, you can even request to receive this as your free book! Thanks for visiting my blog, Tammy.

  4. Cindy


    Question #1. Tommy is my favorite character. He is just so likable and dedicated, and reminds me of a sweet grandpa.

    • Reply

      D’awwwe, I’m glad you like Tommy. I love writing him, because he’s not perfect–and yet he is. I think he just needs to see that someday. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for commenting, Cindy!

  5. Nancy Stover


    The Mailboat series us on my TBR list. A free book would be a great way to get started.

  6. Tami Kasken


    1) I love Tommy!! He seems like the nicest man! Reminds me so much of a gentleman that used to sub at a school I worked at and also worked on the boats in Lake Geneva!!

  7. Heidi Yvonne Esterholm


    Question #4 Yes, I was often afraid of getting someone in trouble as Bailey was in your book. I have also doubted my own thinking because the person was more popular and more powerful than myself. It brings to mind may times I have been in her position.

  8. Jan Tomalis


    I just recently found you and your books are on my TBR list. I am really looking forward to reading and enjoying them.

  9. Reply

    Congrats to Pat Perkins on winning the giveaway for this blog post! She’s new to my books, but has already eaten up every book that I have out so far–so she asked for a free copy of the next one in the series, Mailboat IV, coming out June 5th, 2021.

    Thanks for visiting, Pat, and congrats on winning! And thanks to everyone else who left a comment.

    Didn’t win the giveaway? No worries! You can pick up a copy of any of my books at https://daniellelincolnhanna.com/shop. Don’t forget to use THANKS10 for 10% off your purchase!

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