Thursday, June 10, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

 

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring Dangerous Women by Hope Adams. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.




Beginning:  I wish I didn't know, she thought. I wish I'd never found out. I wish I could be the person I was this morning, before we sat down to our stitching.

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Page 56:  ". . . If it turns out that one of my women is the culprit, there must have been much of which I wasn't aware and that hurts me more than I can say. I should have done better, worked harder at understanding what ailed them."

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My thoughts:  I have long been fascinated by the colonization of Australia. This historical novel, based on the events of a treacherous journey and depicting the experience of female convicts, is the type of summer read I really enjoy.

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From GoodReads:  Nearly two hundred condemned women on board a sailing ship bound for Australia. One of them is a murderer. From debut author Hope Adams comes a thrilling novel based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive.

London, 1841. One hundred eighty Englishwomen file aboard the Rajah, embarking on a three-month voyage to the other side of the world.

They're daughters, sisters, mothers--and convicts.

Transported for petty crimes.

Except one of them has a deadly secret, and will do anything to flee justice.

As the Rajah sails farther from land, the women forge a tenuous kinship. Until, in the middle of the cold and unforgiving sea, a young mother is mortally wounded, and the hunt is on for the assailant before he or she strikes again.

Each woman called in for question has something to fear: Will she be attacked next? Will she be believed? Because far from land, there is nowhere to flee, and how can you prove innocence when you’ve already been found guilty?




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Monday, June 7, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 



. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.
 

Today I'm featuring a recent read, Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson. The excerpt shared is from an advance reader copy I received from the publisher via NetGalley is exchange for an honest review.




First Chapter:  She first spotted him at Bobbie's Coffee Shop on Twenty-Second Street. He was at a window seat, idly looking at his phone, a white mug in front of him. Abigail was on her way to the office for her half day, dodging pedestrians on the sidewalk, thinking about the wedding, wondering if maybe she should have invited her cousin Donald and his wife whose name she always forgot.

 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

For me, Peter Swanson's novels are must-reads. And his newest novel doesn't disappoint. 

My review . . . Abigail Baskin is soon to marry her affluent fiance Bruce Lamb when, on a bachelorette weekend at a west coast winery, she has an intimate encounter with a charming stranger. The one-night stand leaves her feeling guilty and introspective, questioning her true feelings for Bruce and their relationship. Despite her ambivalence, Abigail has decided to bury her secret from that weekend, secure in the fact that she and the stranger hadn't disclosed any personal information to each other and had used false names.  Thus the wedding plans proceed, flawlessly executed by Bruce's attentiveness and wealth. 

Shorty before the wedding, however, Abigail realizes that her mystery man may be stalking her. And when Scottie shows up on the remote island where Abigail and Bruce are honeymooning, an unimaginable nightmare begins to unfold . . .

Every Vow You Break is filled with the breathtaking twists and turns that are characteristic of each of Swanson's novels. This expertly crafted, pulse raising, page turning, psychologically suspenseful novel shows yet again why Swanson is one of the best contemporary writers in the genre.




 



This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. © 2021, Book Club Librarian All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Book Club Librarian without attribution, know that this post is being used without permission.

 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring Strange Flowers by Irish writer Donal Ryan. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version of the book I recently purchased from Book Depository.




Beginning:  All the light left Paddy Gladney's eyes when his daughter disappeared; all the gladness went from his heart.

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Page 56:  I never felt right inside, Mam. From when I was about ten or eleven. There was something wrong with me. Something I couldn't put a name on.

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My thoughts:  The plot, writing style, and excerpts draw me in immediately. I get a compelling sense of wanting to know more about the story and its characters.

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From GoodReads:  In 1973 Moll Gladney goes missing from the Tipperary hillside where she was born. Slowly her parents, Paddy and Kit, begin to accept that she’s gone forever. But she returns, changed, and with a few surprises for her family and neighbours.

Nothing is ever the same again for the Gladneys, who learn that fate cares little for duty, that life rarely conforms to expectation, that God can’t be relied upon to heed any prayer.

A story of exile and return, of loss and discovery, of retreat from grief and the saving power of love.




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This Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. 

© 2021 Book Club Librarian All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Book Club Librarian without attribution, know that this post has been stolen and was used without permission.

 

Monday, May 31, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 



. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.
 

Today I'm featuring Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.




First Chapter:  Game

The year Peter went missing was the year of the floods. I was on my way home from a meeting in Paris when the call came. it was a Wednesday, late April, and as the train hurtled toward London night was coming on. The heavy clouds were darkest blue and great pools of water lay in the fields like molten silver. I was on my laptop, reading about the latest in a series of leaked financial papers. When I glanced up, the last light slipped away, and my reflection coalesced upon the window as though the darkness was developing fluid.

 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

I like the setting and the descriptiveness of the first paragraph, and I'm curious about the chapter heading. Since I find stories with missing persons particularly intriguing, I'm looking forward to starting this debut novel.




 



This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. © 2021, Book Club Librarian All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Book Club Librarian without attribution, know that this post is being used without permission.

 

 

Monday, May 24, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 



. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.
 

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan. The excerpt shared is from an eBook borrowed from the library.




First Chapter:  Nora

Lies have a complicated half-life. Nora--for now--tried to calculate the life span of her most recent one as she waited on the corner of Tremont and Union Park, the evening's first snowflakes beginning to accumulate on her new--to her--black cashmere coat. Boston was new to her too, with its treacherous weather and confusing streets and wary response from newcomers. They'd warned her, laughing, not to ask for directions. You can't get there from here, people told her.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The first paragraph drips with suspense--hinting at the lies the narrator is bringing to a new setting. My curiosity is definitely piqued, and I'll find out more when I finish my current read. 




 



This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. © 2021, Book Club Librarian All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Book Club Librarian without attribution, know that this post is being used without permission.

 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

 

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


The Newcomer

Beginning:  It was still dark when Letty pulled into the parking lot. The car bumped slowly over the rutted oyster-shell pavement and she turned around to check on Maya, grateful that the child was finally sleeping.. Her head slumped against the side of the car seat, her curls dampened with sweat, her rosebud lips pursed as she softly snored, and Ellie, her ever-present toy stuffed elephant, was clutched tightly to her chest.

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Page 56:  Every morning when she woke up in what she still thought of as Monica's apartment in Friends, Letty felt like she was living in a dream. She arose early, sipped coffee on the balcony, and planned her day.

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My thoughts:  The cover of this book screams beach read to me, and with the weather warming up around here, this novel will likely be my first read in preparation for summer 2021.

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From GoodReads:  Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next page-turner for the summer with The Newcomer.

In trouble and on the run...

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.”

With a trunkful of emotional baggage...

So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road with her wailing four-year-old niece Maya. Letty is determined to out-run Evan and the law, but run to where? Tanya, a woman with a past shrouded in secrets, left behind a “go-bag” of cash and a big honking diamond ring—but only one clue: a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. She sheds her old life and checks into an uncertain future at The Murmuring Surf Motel.

The No Vacancy sign is flashing & the sharks are circling...

And that’s the good news. Because The Surf, as the regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who regard this odd-duck newcomer with suspicion and down-right hostility. As Letty settles into the motel’s former storage room, she tries to heal Maya’s heartache and unravel the key to her sister’s shady past, all while dodging the attention of the owner’s dangerously attractive son Joe, who just happens to be a local police detective. Can Letty find romance as well as a room at the inn—or will Joe betray her secrets and put her behind bars? With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.




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This Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. 

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 



. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.
 

Today I'm featuring a recent read, Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica. Today is the book's publication day (May 18, 2021). The excerpts shared are from an advanced reader copy downloaded from NetGalley.


Local Woman Missing


First Chapter:  Delilah

Now

I hear footsteps. They move across the ceiling above my head. My eyes follow the sound, but there ain't nothing to see 'cause it's just footsteps. That don't matter none, though, because the sound of them alone is enough to make my heart race, my legs shake, to make something inside my neck thump like a heartbeat.

 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

Beginning with her debut novel, The Good Girl (2014) and in her subsequent five books, Mary Kubica has delivered fast-paced, thrilling suspense stories. This seventh novel continues her winning trend. Told in alternating chapters between the present day and eleven years ago, when two women and a young girl went missing, Kubica delivers another nail-biting page-turner.




 



This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. © 2021, Book Club Librarian All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Book Club Librarian without attribution, know that this post is being used without permission.