Welcome to some bookish 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!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

I am very happy to share my featured book today.  I’ve been lusting after it for a while, and finally found it on Amazon.  The Twilight Hour, by Nicci Gerrard, is a story that is sure to touch my heart.  I have been a fan of Nicci French (the combo team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French), so imagine my delight to discover this book from this author on various blogs. 






Beginning:  Eleanor woke to what was not there.  Outside, the wind still roared, dashing pellets of rain against the windows; inside it was too silent, not a breath or a heartbeat save hers.  The darkness felt uninhabited.  Before she reached out her hand, groping past the water jug and the vase of dying flowers to touch the bed and find it empty, the blanket thrown back and the pillow dislodged, she knew she was alone.


56:  There was a carved little chest in the corner and inside that were board games and playing cards.  Peter imagined Sunday evenings, rainy afternoons, everyone together in the laughter and squabble of a large, close family.


Goodreads Description:  Eleanor Lee has lived a fiercely independent existence for over ninety years, but now it’s time to tidy her life away – books, photographs, paintings, letters – a lifetime of possessions all neatly boxed up for the last time. But amongst them there are some things that must be kept hidden. And, nearing blindness, Eleanor needs help to uncover them before her children and grandchildren do.


What do you think?  Could you connect to this character?  I know that I can…and I’m looking forward to learning more.



  1. That cover is absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely love the first sentence, it’s beautiful! I can just picture the carved little chest in the F56, which is great! I can see why you’re excited about this one. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words



  3. I think my mom is doing the same thing as Eleanor, sorting and giving away or throwing away. I don’t think there are big secrets, however. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  4. Like the sound of this one, and am surprised it’s not in my public library’s catalog. I’ll have to hunt it down.

    Thanks for visiting my Friday post. I was glad to hear you’re planning to read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I loved, loved, loved it and hope you do too. One of the best books I’ve read this year.


    1. I had a hard time finding it…and then I stumbled upon it. I suspect that it is only recently available in the US…it was showing up on the blogs of Aussie friends for a while before I found it here.

      I am loving it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Catherine, and I am looking forward to A. J. Fikry, too.


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