Book Beginnings, Friday 56, MEME

Friday Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

I got the idea of combining these memes over at Dorie’s Reading Corner and thought that it was a fun idea.

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week I will be sharing The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, one of my favorite authors.  I read this one awhile back and have her latest book, The Lake House, on my shelf waiting to be read.

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Book Beginning:

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Rural England, a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a summer’s day at the start on the 1960’s.  The house is unassuming: half-timbered, with white paint peeling gently on the western side and clematis scrambling up the plaster.  The chimney pots are steaming, and you know, just by looking, that there’s something tasty simmering on the stove top beneath.

The Friday 56:

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Mention of photos had got her thinking about one of Dorothy and Vivien together in wartime in London.  It had been dated May 1941.  Where had the photograph been taken?  And by whom?


Have you read this one?  What did you think?

What are you reading this weekend?

Happy Reading

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