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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?

Have you noticed how quickly the weeks are going by?  It’s a good thing (IMO) that there is always something fun to do on the blogs, all seven days of the week.

Today’s spotlight is zooming in on an ARC I just received last week:  The One That Got Away, by Bethany Chase.







Beginning:  Every woman has one.  That name you Google at two o’clock in the morning.  That intoxicating connection that somehow never solidified into anything real; that particular memory you still visit every now and then, for that guaranteed hit of pure, sugar-packed dopamine.  It’s that story that starts with “There was this one time” and ends, reluctantly, with “but I guess…”


56:  Gardening is as close as I get to meditation.  Instead of chanting, I have the texture of the earth in my hands, the varied colors and textures of the plants, the rich smell of mulch.  The solitude and simple repetition allow my knotted mind to uncoil like nothing else.


Blurb:  Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer—and former flame—Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn. Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices—and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life—and in love.


What do you think?  I love stories about the “what ifs” in life, those unexpected twists and turns.  That unique something that comes around the bend and changes everything.

What are you sharing today?



  1. I am actually reading this one as well as the one that I have on my Friday was sort of an accident as I don’t normally read these types but some how I accidentally ended up with it from First Reads so I am trying to read it. 🙂


  2. I ❤ ❤ ❤ that cover!!
    I can relate to the beginning like you wouldn't believe.
    I am an indoor gardener… apartment living… so can relate to the 56 as well. There really is something therapeutic about gardening.
    Happy weekend!


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