Thursday, April 15, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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. A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett. It's the first book in The Secret Scientists of London series. The excerpts shared are from a trade paperback version borrowed from the library.

A Lady's Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London, #1)

Beginning:  London, 1842

Only after the second explosion did Violet start to worry.

Having retired for the night, rung for her maid, and poured herself a glass of brandy, Violet Hughes, or Lady Greycliff, decided to ignore the first blast. She tried to ignore the second one as well until she considered her housekeeper's reaction.


Page 56:  "A dish of tea? How am I to think of tea when I've made a connection between this work and my original research into Avogadro's law?"


My thoughts:  I'm drawn to the time period and the strong female protagonist. I'm looking forward to immersing myself in the world of Victorian England.


From GoodReads:  What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry—it's elemental.

Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England's most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet's laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart.


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  1. This one sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “WHEN THE STARS GO DARK”

  2. I love this time period and strong female characters as well so I would definitely keep going with this one. Sounds like a good read!

  3. What is causing the explosions? I guess I would have to read more to find out, huh? My Friday quotes

  4. This sounds like a book I would want to read. The quotes are great too, and I already like Violet as a character. Enjoy your current read!

  5. Sounds like fun. I hope you enjoy it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. I liked this one. It seemed to me to have more depth than the usual historical romance. This week I'm spotlighting The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. Happy reading!

  7. Only after the first did she worry. LOL I love it. I really want to read this one after reading these excerpts. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Catherine. Have a great weekend!

  8. Sounds quite good! Happy weekend!