4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; 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!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

Today I’ve chosen a book from next week’s stack:  The Time of My Life, by Cecelia Ahern, is an ARC, so excerpts may be different in the final copy.


Beginning:  Chapter One

Dear Lucy Silchester,

You have an appointment for Monday 30 May.

I didn’t read the rest.  I didn’t need to, I knew who it was from.  I could tell as soon as I arrived home from work to my studio apartment and saw it lying on the floor, halfway from the front door to the kitchen, on the burned part of the carpet where the Christmas tree had fallen—and landed—two years ago and the lights had singed the carpet hairs.


56:  “Okay, so if I was to say that I won the lottery then that would be a barefaced lie because I’d clearly have no money but I would have to live my life as if I was a millionaire which would be complicated to say the least, but if I say I quit my job it doesn’t matter because I no longer work there so I don’t have to keep up the pretence of going there every day.


Wow!  This “narrator” talks in long, convoluted sentences!  lol


Amazon Description:  Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this strange appointment card and sweeping its gold embossed envelope under the rug. Literally. She busies herself with a job she doesn’t like, helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, and devoting her time to her family’s dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment she can’t miss, when Life shows up at her door, in the form of a sloppy but determined man.

Life follows her everywhere – from the office, to the bar, and to her bedroom – and Lucy learns that some of the choices she has made and the stories she has told aren’t what they seem. Now her half-truths are about to be revealed, unless Lucy tells the truth about what really matters to her.


I have enjoyed several books by this author, so I’m looking forward to this one.  What are the rest of you sharing today?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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Ireland Vignette & Photos in my Ireland Room


  1. You’ve definitely made me curious about this novel, with those two excerpts! And the book synopsis makes me even MORE curious! I’ve read one Ahern novel, “The Gift”, which I didn’t finish. However, I’m willing to try another book by her. This one sure seems like a good place to start!

    Thanks for sharing, and Happy Easter!! : )


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