Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 5, 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!

This week’s book beginning:


Shaken by her parents’ divorce and discouraged by the growing chasm between herself and her serious boyfriend, Nikki Werner seeks solace at her uncle’s farm in a small Missouri hamlet. She’ll spend the summer there, picking up the pieces of her shattered present so she can plan a better future. But what awaits her at the ancestral farm is a past she barely knows.

Among her late grandmother’s belongings, Nikki finds an old notebook filled with handwritten German recipes and wise sayings pulled from the book of Proverbs. With each recipe she makes, she invites locals to the family table to hear their stories about the town’s history, her ancestors–and her estranged father.

What started as a cathartic way to connect to her heritage soon becomes the means through which she learns how the women before her endured–with the help of their cooking prowess. Nikki realizes how delicious streusel with a healthy dollop of faith can serve as a guide to heal wounds of the past.

The message left little reason to believe Nikki Werner still held significance in her dad’s life.

It would do no good to search for the post. It wouldn’t result in anything productive.

She did it anyway.

What do you think? Are you going to keep reading? Not gonna lie, I am five hundred kinds of excited about this book. I absolutely adored Sara Brunsvold’s first book, The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip (click on the link to read my review of that book!), and this one sounds equally fantastic. I have high expectations! Be watching for my review in a couple of weeks.

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 anticipate any upcoming 2024 books? If so, what are they? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

See my Book Beginning! Yes, I do! The Divine Proverb of Streusel, Beasts and Baking by S. Usher Evans, A Certain Kind of Starlight by Heather Webber, Boy of Chaotic Making by Charlie N. Holmberg, Daughters of Green Mountain Gap by Teri M. Brown, Face Her Fear by Lisa Regan, and so many more! And I don’t even know yet what treats will be in store with #LoneStarLit and the Mystery Review Crew. It’s going to be a great bookish year!

What about you? Any books you just can’t wait to get your hands on? Leave a comment, and link up a blog post over at the Hop!

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13 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 5, 2024

  1. I’m like the girl in page 56 — I sometimes do things I know I shouldn’t and will be a waste of time. Sigh.

    Happy New Year.

  2. Mark says:

    I can relate to the quote in the 56. Even worse, I can’t stop looking until I figure out what I’m looking for. The opening is pretty melancholy. But it does draw you in.

  3. I haven’t been keeping up with what books are coming out in 2024. Face Her Fear, which you mentioned, looks like an interesting read.

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m just beginning The Earl Next Door by Ashtyn Newbold. I’m excited to read it. Newbold is such a fun author!
    “Is it kindness or folly that might induce a genteel young lady to approach a gentleman to inform him of such a personal matter as a tear in his breeches?”
    I hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😊

  5. This sounds like such a heartwarming book! I hope you are enjoying it!

    There are quite a few books I am looking forward to this year–too many to name! Have a great weekend, Lisa!

  6. This book sounds very interesting: The Divine Proverb of Streusel – enjoy!!

    I have a spotlight of Daughters of Green Mountain Gap on my blog today if you care to see the information.

    Happy New Year of Reading!!

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