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 a current read.

The Song Remains the Same, by Allison Winn Scotch, is the story of survival…and memory.

One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.


Beginning:  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.

My eyelids feel like anchors.  There is a drill pounding into the back of my skull.  My lungs feel as if someone has dumped a sandbox inside of them, then turned on a blender.  I inhale and my ribs bark in reply.


P. 56:  So this is why he pushes it now.  This is what he’s been through.  This is what he’s learned.


I can only imagine the horrifying reality of this woman’s situation.  I am definitely intrigued and wanting to know more.  What about the rest of you?  What do you think, and what are you spotlighting today?


  1. Wonderful descriptive writing, especially ‘anchors’, ‘blenders’! I am so intrigued by that title because music is so powerful in its influence and our thoughts, as well. This seems like a very interesting read! Happy weekend!


  2. I love the descriptive writing in the beginning! This looks like an interesting read to me, especially because music is so powerful in its influence, as well as our thoughts. Great title, too. Happy weekend!


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