Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: March 31, 2023

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.

This week’s book beginning:


In postWorld War I England, a young woman inherits a mysterious library and must untangle its powerful secrets

With the stroke of a pen, twenty-three-year-old Ivy Radcliffe becomes Lady Hayworth, owner of a sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Ivy has never heard of Blackwood Abbey, or of the ancient bloodline from which she’s descended. With nothing to keep her in London since losing her brother in the Great War, she warily makes her way to her new home.

The abbey is foreboding, the servants reserved and suspicious. But there is a treasure waiting behind locked doors: a magnificent library. Despite cryptic warnings from the staff, Ivy feels irresistibly drawn to its dusty shelves, where familiar works mingle with strange, esoteric texts. And she senses something else in the library too, a presence that seems to have a will of its own.  

Rumors swirl in the village about the abbey’s previous owners, about ghosts and curses, and an enigmatic manuscript at the center of it all. And as events grow more sinister, it will be up to Ivy to uncover the library’s mysteries in order to reclaim her own story—before it vanishes forever.

Yorkshire, England, 1346
They had bricked her up on Saint George’s Day.

Are you intrigued? Would you keep reading?

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.

March 31st – April 6th – What apps/websites do you use to make your social media posts? 
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

If I’m talking about what social media sites I post on, I share reviews on Goodreads, Bookbub, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and I’d love to do more with Instagram!). I haven’t really used apps or sites that let me schedule posts ahead of time.

What about you?

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5 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: March 31, 2023

  1. The secrets of a mysterious library? Yes, most intriguing.

  2. I am intrigued. Obviously us readers all love libraries and stories about them and books. Enjoy.

  3. Mark says:

    I don’t share my reviews on LinkedIn. Since my career is very different from my reviewing, I try not to post about that in LinkedIn. Then again, I hardly do anything with my account there.

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    This looks interesting, I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

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