Welcome to some serendipitous 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!

I’ve grabbed a book from my stack for next week, and I can’t wait to read it!  The Long Way Home, by Karen McQuestion, is the story of four women in search of something more….

Blurb:  For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne and Rita, life isn’t working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have recently become. And then there’s Jazzy: bubbly, positive, and happy even though she hears voices of the departed. Brought together by a chance meeting, the women decide to join Marnie on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas where she intends to reunite with Troy, the boy she raised as her own—and who she’s been separated from since her boyfriend’s death. Little do they know that as the road trip unfolds, so will their lives—in directions they never anticipated. Humorous, heartwarming, and bittersweet, the journey has something special in store for each woman.


Beginning:  She arrived late.

They were nearly finished when the young woman rushed into the classroom, flustered and apologetic.  When the door flew open and Marnie first spotted her, she assumed the girl had entered the wrong room.  For one, she was so much younger than the rest of the group—in her early twenties, judging by her looks.


56:  She had difficulty sleeping since encountering Matt in the grocery store.  His words kept running through her mind.  Troy was alone.  He was unhappy.  He missed her.


I love stories about road trips, and this one sounds really good to me.

What are the rest of you spotlighting today?  I can’t wait to find out more….


    • I am curious about that, too, Bev; perhaps she’s one of those perpetually late people. Or maybe something really interesting kept her…Hmm.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your read.


  1. Hi Laurel Rain,

    I definitely think those opening lines would have me hooked enough to want to keep on reading. As Marnie assumes she is in the wrong class because she is younger than the others (in her twenties), I am intrigued to know just what kind of classes Marnie teaches (see, I have already assumed she is a teacher … where did that come from?)

    Another to be added to my reading list, I hope that you enjoy the book and get to find out exactly what Marnie is doing, but no letting on mind….!



  2. This sounds like a book I would love …. you have me hooked on this one. I love the synopsis, the beginning and the quote from page 56. Another one to add to my ever increasing wishlist, LOL. Have a great weekend!


    • Thanks, Janet Ruth…Ah, yes, the ever expanding list! I have notes and post-its everywhere! But what’s worse is when I actually click over to Amazon and order! lol

      Enjoy your reading!


  3. Great beginning, although it’s never a good thing to be late! Not familiar with this book, but hope you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my Friday post. Have a great weekend.


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