Welcome to a potpourri of fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!







I’ve grabbed a book from next week’s list:  an ARC from Amazon Vine, so the text may be slightly different in the final version.

Rainshadow Road, by Lisa Kleypas, is from a series set in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington.  She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal:  her fiancé Kevin has left her.  His new lover is Lucy’s own sister.   Lucy’s bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.   Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.


Beginning:  When Lucy Marinn was seven years old, three things happened:  her little sister Alice got sick, she was assigned her first science fair project, and she found out that magic existed.  More specifically, that she had the power to create magic.  And for the rest of her life, Lucy would be aware that the distance between ordinary and extraordinary was only a step, a breath, a heartbeat away.

I love it!  In a few sentences, we have the “defining moments” of this characters life.  Now I can’t wait to read more.


P. 56:  After Lucy had moved out of the house with Kevin and into the room at Artist’s Point, she worked in her studio for nearly two days straight.  She emerged only to catch a few hours of sleep in her room at the bed-and-breakfast, and returned to the studio before daybreak.


What are the rest of you featuring today?  I hope you’ll pop in and share.



  1. I am almost finished with Before The Poison by Peter Robinson…it is just a lovely yet intense sort of mystery…I think you would love it.


  2. Wow, this sounds so good. Poor Lucy, hurting with betrayal. Immediately I thought of Shania Twain and how she moved on in her life. Love the cover art on this one. Have a wonderful weekend!


  3. I like your book beginnings and your choice for the 56! I’m going to write this title down to read as well. magic and something called Artist’s Point? absolutely for me, ha. :p thanks!


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