Thursday, April 25, 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 Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson, a book I received at a recent Book Club Girls' Night Out at HarperCollins headquarters in lower Manhattan.  The author recounted stories about growing up at West Point in New York's Hudson River Valley, which served as the inspiration for her novel.

Beyond the Point 

Beginning: Winter 2000 // Columbus, Ohio
From the beginning, Dani McNalley wanted to be known for more than basketball.

Page 56:  She wiped her dirty hands against the legs of her green and brown combat uniform and let her platoon mate help her up.  Eighteen, with dark hair buzzed completely to the scalp, Tim Nesmith had quickly become Dani's favorite person in their platoon, and one of the few reasons she hadn't quit.
My thoughts:  I'm looking forward to reading this fictional account of three female cadets whose friendship is forged in the predominantly-male world of West Point.

From Goodreads: Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is an amazing debut novel.   

Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.

Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?

Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.


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  1. Beyond the Point looks interesting. I haven't heard of it before, so thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  2. I like the sound of this one, and also the story behind how you got the book. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. That does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy the book. This week I am spotlighting Pit Perfect Murder by Renee George which is a mashup of a lot of my favorite genres. Happy reading!

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  5. Sounds like a unique and compelling setting. I hope their friendship survives the test.