Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: April 19, 2024

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday. And I’ll be sharing for Friday 56 with Anne at Head Full of Books! She’s keeping the meme alive – y’all hop over to her blog and join in the fun!

The proofreading business has been booming! That’s a wonderful thing, but I’ve been neglecting my bookish fun. I’m trying to do better about that! Without further ado . . .

This week’s book beginning:


Peter Driscoll, an underground investigator to the wealthy, has never met anyone like Lily Temple. The beautiful silent-film actress spins fairy tales and plays frivolous roles in front of the cine-camera, but beneath the costumes and stage makeup is a woman with a quick wit–and a murky past.

Peter has been tasked with locating the legendary Briarwood Teardrop, an exquisite sapphire, which Lily wears beneath her gown. In order to stay close to her and hopefully unravel the mystery of her story–and the sapphire–Peter employs Lily’s help on a case, which leads to a useful partnership. But as they are investigating together, Peter is also investigating Lily. The closer he gets to the truth, the more danger they face. And the closer he gets to Lily, the clearer it is that he needs her even more than she needs him.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano whisks you away to Edwardian England in 1903 for a whimsical and layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe.

Whitestone Manor, Hove Seaside, 1903

I hadn’t decided if I’d tell the whole truth or not, when the men arrived. Peter would have, because he’s Peter. I, however, never let facts hinder the power of a good story.

My thoughts went wild, dipping in and out of drowsiness, half-formed thoughts and scattered images, then before I knew it, I was waking, damp and chilled and assaulted by an especially bright orange sun in the east. I blinked at the offending orb, then covered my eyes.

Would you read it? I’ll tell you, I’m enjoying the heck out of it. Joanna Davidson Politano does a fantastic job with historical fiction!

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

Do you think contemporary book covers lack originality?
Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

There does seem to be a certain . . . sameness to book covers these days. In contemporary romance, it seems like a lot of the same colors are used, fonts are similar, and the characters are always very stylized. Sometimes the graphics used relate to the story, sometimes they don’t. Urban/contemporary fantasy covers seem to have a “type” as well. Lots of covers are darker in color and have a young woman as the central focus of the cover. I still find one every now and then that I’ll grab for the cover, though!

What do you think about today’s blog hop topic? Share your thoughts on your blog, then link up at Book Blogger Hop, or leave a comment here!

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8 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: April 19, 2024

  1. This sounds like a good one. I’ll have to check it out.

  2. I am glad work is going well for you! I hope you are able to fit in fun reading too! I really like the sound of The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple. Those teasers have me wanting more!

    I definitely think there are certain trends in cover art. I think it’s always been that way though, since at least the beginning of mass printing. I know I am drawn to certain covers more than others, and part of that is because I can tell what type of book it likely is right away. But I also do like some originality and appreciate it when it’s there.

  3. Happy Friday!
    I’m reading Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham. It’s so good.
    “Luke’s phone buzzed to life on the table beside him as he finished up a few final emails to Mrs. Kershaw and Mr. Holton. Unknown number? He shrugged off the curiosity and went back to the email, giving a detailed account of all the finalized pieces of the kitchen remodel.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading!!! 🙂❤️📚

  4. I’d seen this book but didn’t know what it was about. I’d be tempted by this one.

  5. That sounds like a good book. I’m getting more into Historical Fiction.

    I don’t read many Contemporary books, but on reading your answer I agree that there seems to be a sameness to some genres.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  6. Cindy Davis says:

    I really enjoyed this one and hope you do too! Have a great weekend!

  7. Book covers definitely follow trends nowadays! It’s all a marketing tactic, especially with the rise of visual social media like Tiktok and IG. People know what covers sell well, and they all kind of follow a certain formula. Contemporary books in particular all look the same to me now with the drawn, 2D cartoonish covers. As long as they’re distinguishable (and that the content is good!), I’m not particularly ~mad~ about it. 😀

    aimee @ aimee can read

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