Thursday, April 20, 2023

Friday Focus: Bookish Memes to Start the Weekend




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.
  • First Line Friday hosted by Reading Is My SuperPower


Today I'm featuring my current read, The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey by Serena Burdick. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.



Book Beginning/First Line:  Prologue

This will go on forever, life and death, stretching out over the expansive body of water, chill and slick and seductive against my skin.


Page 56:  Normally she dated damaged men--capricious and erratic, men who wore their internal scars like fashion, a sexy handicap.


My thoughts:  Questions abound in this dual timeline novel about two women trying to make their way in the world each inhabits. Evelyn mysteriously disappears and is presumed deadwas it her husband's doing? Abigail doesn't know who her father isdo she and Evelyn share ancestry? This engrossing read has me turning pages quickly, wanting to unravel the family secrets.


From GoodReads: What if you could write a new ending for yourself?

England, 1898. When Evelyn first married the famous novelist William Aubrey, she was dazzled by his brilliance. But their newlywed bliss is brief when William is gripped by writer’s block, and he becomes jealous of Evelyn’s writing talent. When he commits the ultimate betrayal—stealing a draft of her novel and passing it off as his own—Evelyn decides to write her way out of their unhappy marriage.

California, 2006. Abigail always wondered about her father, his identity forever lost when her mother unexpectedly died. Or so Abigail thought, until she stumbled upon his photo and a message that her great-great-grandmother was the author Evelyn Aubrey, leading Abigail on a journey to England in search for answers. There, she learns of Evelyn’s shocking disappearance and how London society believed she was murdered. But from what she uncovers about Evelyn, Abigail believes her brilliant great-great-grandmother had another plot up her sleeve.

Rich in atmosphere and emotion, The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey tells the story of literary secrets, a family curse and the lengths women will go to take charge of their future.  





This Friday Focus: Bookish Memes to Start the Weekend post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, It cannot be republished without attribution.



  1. I like how evocative the writing is, especially for the beginning. Have a great weekend!

  2. The first quote is quite confusing. But I like dual stories.

  3. This sounds great. Thanks for introducing it to me!

  4. That 56 sounds like my younger dating life... LOL... Happy weekend!

  5. I have not heard of this one. I hope you enjoy it!!


  6. paula shreckhise
    My first line today is from Dawn’s Untrodden Green by Carolyn Miller:
    Wooler Northumberland 1812
    Stapleton Court of Wooler had, in its day, oft been described as a monument to quiet pretention.

  7. Cool cover! I'm currently reading Tunnel Creek Ambush by Kerry Johnson and the first line is: "Kinsley Miller crept toward Whisper Mountain Tunnel, a prickling sensation climbing the back of her neck." I hope you have a good rest of the weekend!