Good morning, and welcome to another Friday of potpourri.  Book Beginnings is hosted by A Few More Pages; and head over to Freda’s Voice for The Friday 56.

Here’s how it works.  Excerpt the opening lines of your current (or soon to read) book; then share your thoughts.  Head over to p. 56 and grab something there and share.

Today I’ve pulled a book off my shelf that’s been waiting patiently, and it’s perfect for hot, summer days, but especially great for days at the beach.  The Beach Trees, by Karen White, is more than a beach read.  It is a story of loss, healing, and finding the bonds of family.

From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can’t help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.


Beginning:  September 2010

Death and loss, they plague you.  So do memories.  Like the Mississippi’s incessant slap against the levees, they creep up with deceptive sweetness before grabbing your heart and pulling it under.

Wow, that pulls me right into this story.  I want to know about the losses…and also about the river.  There is a huge backstory here, and I can’t wait to discover it.


p. 56:  Aimee leaned forward, her cheeks pink.  “You haven’t had a place to call home in a very long time.  Maybe if you did, you’d understand.”


So these excerpts tell me something about the story that tug and pull me in.

What did you find today?  I hope you’ll share.



  1. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    I love those first lines and they would definitely keep me reading.

    It does sound like a fairly emotional read, from an author that is new to me, but one that I have already added to my reading list, as a must have!

    Even the title pulls you into the story and that deceptively peaceful, serene cover, just adds to the emotion that is no doubt, to be found within the pages.

    Great selection, thank you


  2. Those first few lines describe loss so well- how the memories creep up with deceptive sweetness, then grab your heart and pull it under!
    It does sound like a very emotional read. I look forward to hearing what you think of it when you have finished.


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