BOOKISH FRIDAY: “STEALING JASON WILDE”

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s 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!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is from an author I’ve enjoyed in the past:  Dee Ernst.  Stealing Jason Wilde is a story about a woman taking another chance on love, and finding herself in over her head.

 

 

 

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Beginning:  You know the famous saying “What happens on Dune Road stays on Dune Road”?

Wait—maybe it’s really not that famous.  The famous version is about Las Vegas.  But are you familiar with the concept?  That there are some places in the world where your choices are based on a completely different reality and your actions have no consequences in your day-to-day life?  Where you are allowed, even encouraged, to behave in a different way, and, above all, it is understood that those two separate worlds must never intersect?

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56:  He looked at her as though she tested space-suits by making regular trips to Jupiter.  “Really?  That sounds amazing.  High finance is completely foreign to me.  I have people who take care of my money for me, or I’d have been living on the street years ago.”

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Synopsis:  After her divorce, librarian Annie Reynolds thought she’d closed the book on love for good—it just wasn’t part of her safe, comfortable routine. But if there’s anyplace she can relax and have a little fun, it’s Dune Road, where she and her closest girlfriends return for their annual getaway in the Hamptons. She knows it’s just what she needs to escape her empty nest (and empty bed).

A chance encounter with a ruggedly handsome local promises Annie just that. But when one of her friends turns a simple flirtation with B-list movie star Jason Wilde into seduction—and Jason accidentally mixes a few drinks and his back-pain medicine—the ladies end up with a very high-profile houseguest. The media calls it a kidnapping, and before long, the FBI is on the hunt.

Soon the ladies’ tame little trip has turned into the adventure of a lifetime. But will this case of mistaken misdoing sabotage Annie’s second chance at love, or will she have the confidence to take matters into her own hands to find her happily ever after?

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What do you think?  Intrigued?  I enjoy how this author tells a story, so I’m eager to start reading it.

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BOOKISH FRIDAY: “THE GIRLS OF AUGUST”

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s 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!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s featured book is one I had hoped to read by summer’s end…and maybe I can still make it.  The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons, is about four friends carrying out a ritual getaway…until something happens to halt the friendship connection.

 

 

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Beginning:  Of all the fifteen summerhouses, the first one was the best.  That’s what we all agreed on, for a while, anyway…until we grew wiser, more measured in our joy, more careful with the doling out of praise.  Funny, we rarely agreed unanimously on anything, but for years there had been no doubt about the Colleton house.  At first glance it had seemed designed—brick, board, and shingle—for the girls of August.

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56:  Rachel shook her head as if freeing it of stupid thoughts.  She pulled out a tube of gloss and painted her bottom lip.  She paused and, holding the gloss aloft, said, “Obviously Oliver is wrong.  Just look at you!  And look at Teddy!”

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Synopsis:  Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

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I love friends getting together at the beach, especially when they do so after a rift.  When they are trying to repair the damage.  What do you think?  Should I read this one next?

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BOOKISH FRIDAY: “MYSTIC SUMMER”

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s 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!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today I am feeling like going to New England for the summer, so my choice is Mystic Summer, by Hannah McKinnon.

 

 

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Beginning:  “Just how are you planning to fix this?”  Mrs. Perry’s hands are clasped on the desk, the hand adorned with the colossal diamond resting pertly atop the other.  Her fixed smile belies the parental rage I detect in her blue eyes, which, despite their lovely azure color, are boring holes through me across the student desk that buffers the narrow space between us.  “My son is an A student.  I will not allow you to fail him.”

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56%:  My feelings are still mixed.  The sense of initial freedom has been replaced with the fear that I won’t find anything.  Almost worse is my other fear that the one job I find will be something I don’t like at all.

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Synopsis:  Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.

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What do you think?  Wouldn’t you love a little beach getaway right about now?  I know that I would.

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