Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - #9

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday we share the first sentence (or so) of the book we’re currently reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My Book Beginning:  

Hidden Shadows by Linda Lucretia Shuler

Sing to me in the shadows
Come to me in the evening quiet
While my heart awaits the dawn
And the sun among the fields

Mountain  Waltz

Summer 1996

DEATH WAITED TO DANCE FOR HER through the eye of the camera.  It would be a slow dance, graceful as a waltz against a slate blue sky.
     She gazed at the view framed in the lens, unaware of danger; Colorado mountains rising all around, glowing pink and purple in the morning sun. 

My Thoughts:  I think this pretty much sets up the fact that something very unpleasant is going to happen and it will happen soon.  I find it very descriptive and melancholy in a way but find myself wanting to read more.    

What do you think?  Don't forget to leave your book beginning below and to link-up at Rose City Reader.  


Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice on every Friday.

To Play along here are the Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your post below. 
*Don’t forget to add your post URL (not your blog url) at Freda’s Voice.  
*It's that simple.

My 56 (Also from Hidden Shadows): 
     The rear door opened, shut.  Cassie looked through the window as Hawk walked to the grill in the shimmering night, his back turned to her.  He moved like his namesake, with grace and a certain stealth.  The full moon threw a spotlight on him, as if at any moment he would pull out a stool and play the flute for a shadowed audience.

My Thoughts:  I think I like the way Cassie sees Hawk and describes him.  He sounds very intriguing!

About Hidden Shadows by Linda Lucretia Shuler

Cassie Brighton, devastated by the death of her husband, flees to a remote homestead in the rugged Texas Hill Country. Alone in a ramshackle farmhouse steeped in family secrets, Cassie wages a battle of mind and heart as she struggles to overcome the sorrows of her past, begin anew, and confront the possibility of finding love again.

Hidden Shadows is a story of healing, of connection: to the land, to our ancestors, to others, to ourselves – and to the redemptive power of love.

"Hidden Shadows is a wonderful novel of a woman's journey of self-discovery and search for purpose. The characters will win your heart (and sometimes break it) in this beautifully written and satisfying story of loss and renewal." - Sandra Worth, Award-winning author of The King's Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen

"...In Hidden Shadows, Linda Lucretia Shuler has written a poignant novel that explores the complex and ever-shifting definitions of art, community, and love. The result is a story that is as vivid and melodious as the paintings and music of Cassie's new Hill Country home." - Diana Lopez, Award-winning author of Confetti Girl.

Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back?


Don't forget to post your meme's and link up at both host locations.  

Have a great Friday! 


  1. Sounds good. I hope you are enjoying this book. Happy reading!

  2. I haven't heard of this book but I like the sounds of the blurb and the teasers. The beginning definitely reads like the calm before the storm!

  3. Sounds like a lovely read! Happy weekend!

  4. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.