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’s featured book is an ARC from Amazon Vine, and my first foray into this author’s work:  And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry.




Beginning:  (Prologue) – Bluffton, South Carolina – 1988

March twentieth was full of First Things, and to thirteen-year-old Katie Vaughn it was the day that started all the other days in her life, the beginning of everything that might come after.

Chapter One -Bluffton, South Carolina – 2010

The unopened letter perched on the side table like a single wing about to take flight.  Katie Vaughn—who at thirty-five went by Kate—wanted to open the letter, but waited.


56:  (Birmingham, AL – 2010) Phone calls made and suitcase packed, Kate headed for Alabama.  She’d told Rowan that she was going to check out a boutique, and her stomach flipped at the half truth, or half lie.


Amazon Description:  Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.  Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?


I am eager to begin reading this book by an author that is new to me.  What do you think of these excerpts?  Would you keep reading?






    • Thanks, Lianne…as for the background, I found a site with free digital backgrounds and thought it would be fun to try them. I am looking forward to the book, too; glad you liked the opening lines.


  1. And Then I Found You sounds like a book that would easily draw the reader in from the snippets you included. I really like the mysterious quality of the beginning. Thanks for visiting me @ The Key to the Gate!
    Happy Reading and have a great weekend,



  3. Nice to include both opening quotes as well. You get a better sense of the character. I’m wondering where she’s been, where she’s going back to and why she left. Great choices!


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