26 October 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Between Before & After

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Surprise book mail is the best! So, even though this Blink YA book doesn't release until February 2019, I couldn't resist sharing it today. Enjoy!

First Line: I found the envelope stuck at the bottom of my mother's lingerie drawer under some unmentionables.

From Page 56: "Elaine, it is my treat. After all, San Jose's first McDonald's is nothing to sneeze at. Milkshakes and burgers for everyone! Besides"—and here his eyes twinkled—"burgers are only fifteen cents!"

Quotes taken from an Advance Reading Copy.

“The carnage began with the roses. She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn … Only two things kept my mother grounded to us: my uncle Stephen and stories.”

Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother’s growing depression. Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully-kept secret. A writer with an obsession for other people’s life stories, Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotions.

Molly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip-toeing around her mother’s raw feelings. Molly needs her mother more than ever, but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about. When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man, Elaine can no longer hide behind other people’s stories. And as Molly digs into her mother’s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother’s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating to 1918 New York—a secret that could destroy or save their future.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. Sounds intriguing!!!

    I'm featuring Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh: He shouldn’t be here. A diner in some little tourist town in Michigan was no place for Grady Benson, but here he was.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first lines from All Things New by June Foster. I'm at the 25% mark, so I'll just share a couple lines from there:

    "Though Jett wanted to see how the labor progressed, the medical conditions had change. Jillian had to bring the baby into the world now."

    Kind of intense! 😮

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with excellent reading time.

  3. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham......

    PHD WAS NOT SUPPOSED to smell like this. Adelina Roseland dropped a box of research articles onto the floor and stifled a deep breath as the strong aroma of naturally fertilized farmland wafted in from the open window.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!!😊💕🎃

  4. Ah, 15 cent burgers! Those were the days. This week I am spotlighting A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews - from my review stack. Happy reading!

  5. I haven't heard of this one,but sounds emotionally gripping. Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy your weekend!
    My 56: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

  6. Burgers for 15 cents...wow! Happy reading!

  7. This sounds like a interesting story. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

  8. I'm curious for more, and I like that cover too! Happy weekend!

  9. Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette but I'm currently reading Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin so I'll share the first line from the current chapter (8) that I'm on: "Upstanding citizens of the community did not lead double lives." It's not an easy book to put down! Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

  10. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling on my blog. Here’s the first line from a book I treated myself to this week, His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray:

    “It’s snowing again,” Grace King said to Snooze. “If it keeps up, we’re gonna have a white Christmas. Won’t that be something?”

  11. This sounds like it has a lot of potential. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me