Thursday, February 28, 2019

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, Tempt Me with Diamonds by Jane Feather.  The excerpts shared are from a paperback version borrowed from the library.

 Tempt Me with Diamonds (London Jewels #1) 

Beginning:  Chapter One - London, August 1902
Rupert Lacey, as his habit, moved from sleep to wakefulness in a matter of seconds.  He opened his eyes abruptly, aware of the faint gray light of dawn showing between a gap in the curtains and the unmistakable sense that something was happening in the house.  There was nothing specific to give him this feeling, no particular sound, just a stirring of the air, a sense of motion.  He sat up, reaching for the bellpull on the wall beside him.

It was answered within minutes.  Davis, his batman, came into the bedroom carrying a tea tray.  "Good morning, Colonel."  He set the tray by the bed and went to draw back the curtains.

Page 56:  No one spoke again while Barlow set down the sherry decanter and filled their glasses.  "Mrs. Harris said luncheon will be served in half an hour, Miss Diana.  Will that be satisfactory?"

My thoughts:  It's been a long time since I've read a historical romance, and this first book in the new London Jewels series caught my eye when I saw it on several websites and blogs.  I like the way the excerpts transport the reader to England in the early part of the twentieth century.


From Goodreads:  Three friends who met at an elite English boarding school take on the town—and the ton—one by one, in this sparkling new series about love, loss, and lustrous gemstones, from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather...


Diana Sommerville seems to have it all—beauty, brains, and vast wealth, thanks to her family's ownership of a diamond mine abroad. But when her beloved brother dies in battle and leaves a lion's share of his estate to his best friend, Diana finds herself in a situation that seems scripted for the stage: Sharing her family home with the man she used to love—and now loathes. Worse, her unfaithful former fiancĂ© has already moved in.


Rupert Lacey didn't expect Diana to take the news without a fight. Still, he didn't expect her to bring the battle directly to their newly shared doorstep—complete with a full set of trunks, and a full set of orders to the staff. Yet there she is, bold, regal...magnificent as ever. Now they would face a formidable challenge: to ignore each other—and the unanswered questions that stood between them. The only sure thing is their still blazing desire. But with a woman like Diana, it will take nothing less than a momentous misunderstanding, a missing prized mare, and a shocking revelation to restore a love that hasn't lost its shine.


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  1. Now I'm intrigued. I haven't read historical fiction in a long while, either, but I do love the covers...and the situations in their lives.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. I really like the beginning. Not my normal fare, but it lured me in. I added you to the Linky. I do hope you will still come by for a visit. Happy weekend!

  3. I haven't read historical romance for a while. This sounds like a good one. This week I am reading Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara. Happy reading!

  4. Oh this sounds fun and I feel like I've read and enjoyed at least one book from Jane Feather before. I love that the time period is a bit unusual for a historical and I love the premise.

  5. Not my style, but I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. I am really picky about historical romance, but this one sounds really good. I hope you are enjoying it, Catherine.