Thursday, May 20, 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, The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

The Newcomer

Beginning:  It was still dark when Letty pulled into the parking lot. The car bumped slowly over the rutted oyster-shell pavement and she turned around to check on Maya, grateful that the child was finally sleeping.. Her head slumped against the side of the car seat, her curls dampened with sweat, her rosebud lips pursed as she softly snored, and Ellie, her ever-present toy stuffed elephant, was clutched tightly to her chest.


Page 56:  Every morning when she woke up in what she still thought of as Monica's apartment in Friends, Letty felt like she was living in a dream. She arose early, sipped coffee on the balcony, and planned her day.


My thoughts:  The cover of this book screams beach read to me, and with the weather warming up around here, this novel will likely be my first read in preparation for summer 2021.


From GoodReads:  Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next page-turner for the summer with The Newcomer.

In trouble and on the run...

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.”

With a trunkful of emotional baggage...

So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road with her wailing four-year-old niece Maya. Letty is determined to out-run Evan and the law, but run to where? Tanya, a woman with a past shrouded in secrets, left behind a “go-bag” of cash and a big honking diamond ring—but only one clue: a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. She sheds her old life and checks into an uncertain future at The Murmuring Surf Motel.

The No Vacancy sign is flashing & the sharks are circling...

And that’s the good news. Because The Surf, as the regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who regard this odd-duck newcomer with suspicion and down-right hostility. As Letty settles into the motel’s former storage room, she tries to heal Maya’s heartache and unravel the key to her sister’s shady past, all while dodging the attention of the owner’s dangerously attractive son Joe, who just happens to be a local police detective. Can Letty find romance as well as a room at the inn—or will Joe betray her secrets and put her behind bars? With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.


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  1. This does sound like the perfect beach read. Have a great weekend!

  2. What a delicious choice for summer. I like the combination of mystery/suspense and romance.

  3. This sounds interesting. Enjoy!
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  4. Definitely getting summer read vibes as well but the beginning is almost mysterious! I hope you enjoy this one! I hope you have a lovely start to the weekend and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. I just downloaded this one, and now I am even more eager to start reading! Great excerpts! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  6. For sure a great beach read!

    My Friday56

  7. Sounds like a great summer read!! Happy Memorial day weekend!

  8. It sounds like a lot of fun! Love the cover! (You got beach weather on your side -- we got a return of winter here in the PNW. Brrrrrr!)

  9. This book sounds great! I'm intrigued already :)

  10. I am really interested in reading this one as well. It sounds like it will make a great summer read. I hope you enjoy it, Catherine! Have a great week!

  11. This sounds like a fantastic read and super fast paced!