Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: May 10, 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:


“Evocative and transportive, filled with nuance and spiked with the violence of war, Darkness Calls the Tiger is a story of redemption in the midst of hopelessness.”
–Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan devours the southern portion of Burma, intent on taking over mainland Asia. Unaware of the coming darkness, Kailyn Moran drifts in her role as the only daughter of a widowed missionary.

As whispers of war snake through the Kachin mountains, Kai’s father is convinced God will protect the mission. He entrusts the village to her and the kind yet inexperienced new missionary, Ryan McDonough, while he makes routine visits to neighboring villages.

War descends like a tempest upon the mountain peaks, and an unbreakable bond forms between Kailyn and Ryan as they unite to provide solace to both villagers and the flood of refugees. Despite their tireless efforts, a brutal enemy shatters almost everything they love, pushing Kailyn to embark on a path of unrestrained vengeance.

Afraid he’s losing the woman he loves, Ryan fights to protect Kai from the deadly consequences of her choices. But in the face of destruction, can he convince her of the power and freedom of forgiveness?

The Village of Tingrabum
Kachin State, in the Himalayas of North Burma

The beating of ancestral drums throbbed across the mountain, tangling with the rhythm of my thudding heart.

Ryan stood stiff, watching me as I awkwardly bent and rubbed the bowl clean with snow. He took a step forward, but I ignored him. I would earn my place on this team.

What do you think? Does this sound like a book you’d enjoy?

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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Are there any books with themes or characters dealing with issues related to mental health that you have found to be enlightening or comforting? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I don’t know that it’s so much enlightening or comforting, but I enjoyed Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman. The main character, Iselia (Seelie) is autistic. Her twin sister is not. What I liked about it was how “autistic” was just something Seelie was, not who she was. She was developed as a character, not a label. You can see my review of Unseelie here.

Got any thoughts to share on the Hop topic? Leave a comment, and link up at the hop page!

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4 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: May 10, 2024

  1. Darkness Calls the Tiger has a setting that is new to me. I’m not sure that I’ve read anything set in Burma. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. I love the cover, so evocative of the danger within. Thank you for highlighting Mental Health Month, too. I wasn’t aware of it.

  3. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently finishing up Love’s Winding Road by Susan F. Craft. It’s a pretty adventurous story!
    “Her heart pounded as visions of Daniel danced through her mind.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend with LOTS of fun reading time.

  4. The book sounds really good. That’s a great cover too.

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