SERENDIPITOUS FRIDAYS: BOOK BEGINNINGS & THE FRIDAY 56 — JULY 20

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!

Today I’m sharing from One Breath Away, by Heather Gudenkauf.

Synopsis:  In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother. As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

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Beginning:  (Holly) – I’m in that lovely space between consciousness and sleep.  I feel no pain thanks to the morphine pump and I can almost believe that the muscles, tendons and skin of my left arm have knitted themselves back together, leaving my skin pale and smooth.  My curly brown hair once again falls softly down my back, my favorite earrings dangle from my ears and I can lift both sides of my mouth in a wide smile without much pain at the thought of my children. Yes, drugs are a wonderful thing.

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P. 56:  Now I am beginning to become impatient.  “Dorothy,” I say, “if you have any information that will help us resolve what’s going on in there, you need to tell me.”

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite awhile…so now I’m excited about these snippets.

What are you spotlighting today?  Come on by and share your comments and links!

 

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28 thoughts on “SERENDIPITOUS FRIDAYS: BOOK BEGINNINGS & THE FRIDAY 56 — JULY 20

  1. this is one of those books that piques my curiosity. it may be fiction but it still gives me a feeling of dread especially with the subject matter at hand.
    i love the description in the beginning. Holly appears to be recovering but there’s tension and a sense of urgency in page 56.
    thank you for stopping by my blog earlier! appreciate it.

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