Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #24

It's Friday . . . time to share excerpts from one of my current reads 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.
This week's selection:
 A Gift to Remember  

BeginningChapter 1
She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.  Louisa May Alcott
Anyone who says that money can't buy happiness has clearly never been inside a bookstore.  And certainly not one like Chaucer's, Darcy Archer thought proudly, glancing around the gorgeous place she was lucky enough to work in. 

This book pulled me in immediately.  I love its opening quote and the first sentence.  This is the first novel I've ever read by Irish author Melissa Hill and it is a nice escape from my holiday to-do lists.

Page 56:  "She only wished she had one of her beloved books to help soothe her right now, but in her haste to leave the apartment this morning, she'd forgotten to put the copy of Pride and Prejudice back into her bag."
From  Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally.

One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind.

Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aidan. As she discovers the mysterious stranger's world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she's ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE…

But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aidan be the happy ever after she's always imagined?
Enjoy life with books . . .
Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #24 was originally published by Catherine for This post cannot be republished without attribution.    

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