Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s 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 56D and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles.


Beginning:  (Chapter One – Odile, Paris, February 1939)

Numbers floated round my head like stars.  823.  The numbers were the key to a new life. 822.  Constellations of hope.  841.  In my bedroom late at night, in the morning on the way to get croissants, series after series—810, 840, 890—formed in front of my eyes.


Friday 56:

In the thick leather ledger, I helped Boris tally how many subscribers had come in today (287), how many books had gone out (936), and details of library life (Another pregnant woman fainted—she read page 43 of Prospective Mother).


Synopsis:  Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



  1. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi Laurel-Rain! Oh yes! I would so continue reading! This one is on my TBR and I can’t wait for it to be available in SA.

    Great snippets and thanks for sharing this amazing book.

    Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you are well!

    Elza Reads

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  2. Such an excellent choice. Although I’ve yet to read it (and have had an advance copy since January 2020), I had the privilege of listening to the author speak at a breakfast the publisher held as part of an annual library association conference in Philadelphia a year ago. It was the last conference before lockdown. The book is really well-researched and I hope to read it soon.

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