Thursday, August 2, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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 Lido by Libby Page.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I borrowed from the library.

The Lido 

Beginning:  Chapter 1
Step out of Brixton underground station and it is a carnival of steel drums, the white noise of traffic, and that man on the corner shouting, "God loves you," even to the unlovable.

Page 56:  "Kate knows this is her opportunity to confide in her sisterthe hand reaching out to her.  But there is so much to say that somehow there is nothing to say."

My thoughts:  I am really looking forward to beginning this debut novel that is getting quite a bit of buzz.  I love the descriptive opening sentence, which perfectly captures the street scene at a busy train station anywhere in the world.

From Goodreads:  We're never too old to make new friends—or to make a difference.

Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing.

The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the Lido, an outdoor pool where she's swam daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the Lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; where she fell in love with her husband, George; where she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twenty-something Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the Lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

In the tradition of Fredrik Backman,
The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.


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  1. I've read some really positive reviews of this book too. That opening is great. Yes, I can definitely see the scene.

  2. I've also heard good things about this one. The writing is compelling:)

    My Friday 56 from Ghostgirl

  3. Love the summer cover and the British setting. Sounds interesting! Happy weekend!

  4. I've been noticing this one around...and now I'm intrigued. I love when people have to adapt to change...and sometimes fight it. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. This sounds good. I haven't heard of it before but I don't read the genre so I'm not surprised. Mine is from The Point by John Dixon - a science fiction thriller from my review stack. Happy reading!

  6. This sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it once you get to it.

  7. I love the concept of this book. I hope it delivers on its promise to be good. My Friday Quotes

  8. Happy Friday!

    Ooh, I like that cover!

    Hallie @ Book by Book

  9. I'm really curious about this one! I love the blurb though I think the present tense writing style would take some getting used to.

  10. I haven't seen this one before. It sounds interesting.

    My Friday post is here.

  11. Looks great for this season. :)

    Check out my Friday post and please vote in my Make Me Read It Readathon poll