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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?

Happy Friday!  I am eager to share my featured book…and then visit all of you, to see what you’ve got.  Mine is a book I have had on my shelves for a while, a contest win:  Jubilee’s Journey, by Bette Lee Crosby, Book Two in the Wyattsville Series.  I still haven’t read Spare Change, Book One, so that is on my list, too.






Beginning:  (As It Was…)

On an icy cold November morning in 1956, Bartholomew Jones died in the Poynter Coal Mine.  His death came as no surprise to anyone.  He was only one of the countless men forever lost to the mine.  They were men loved and mourned by their families, but to the world they were faceless, nameless people, not worthy of mention in the Charleston Times.


56:  The tiny shoes were still where they had fallen when Olivia removed them before carrying the child to bed.  From where she sat Olivia could see a small hole in the bottom of one shoe.


Blurb:  When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?

Jubilee’s Journey, Book Two in the Wyattsville Series, is the story of discovering lost family and finding love that reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the other heart-warming characters of SPARE CHANGE.


What do you think?  Do the excerpts capture your interest?  I hope you’ll share your comments…and links.




  1. The start is ok, not particularly gripping but also effective enough that I would want to keep reading. The excerpt from page 56 is really good though. Glad oyu posted both, really gives an interesting picture of the book.


  2. Fantastic book. I have read all of her work. I just posted my review and a giveaway for Passing Through Perfect, the third book in the Wyattsville series by Bette Lee Crosby. Come on by and enter. She is an amazing writer.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes


  3. I always found stories about miners fascinating because it feels like such an old job and yet it still happens! I can see why you want to read this one! Thank you for your help this week, btw! I really appreciated your responses! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you enjoy your weekend!
    My Friday memes post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    • I’ve had my copy for a while, too; because it wasn’t a “review” book, it kept getting set aside. I think I should probably read the first one before I read this one…what do you think? Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.


  4. This book does look interesting! I am getting back to reading after a break and having a great time surfing through bookish blogs – glad I found yours. And I’ll have to check out the other meme (I’m here through the Friday 56 :))


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