Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: February 3, 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:


California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go.

Alex Stafford was just like Mama said. He was
tall and dark, and Sarah had never seen
anyone so beautiful.

Redeeming Love has been out for a long time. It’s been made into a movie. But I never read it. It’s part of my 12 Challenge this year, recommended by my friend Suzanne. My review will be up before too much more time passes!

Would you pick up this book and give it a read?

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.

What was your favorite genre to read as a child? Do you still read that genre, or do you read something else now? (submitted by Mark @ Carstairs Considers)

As a child, I read a lot of mysteries. But much like today, I didn’t limit myself to one genre. I devoured books. I read horror – King, Straub, Saul, Koontz. I snagged my mother’s Harlequin romances and Sidney Sheldon novels. I read all of our collection of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. McCaffrey and Tolkien, L’Engle and Lackey. If it caught my attention, I’d read it. And those eclectic reading habits stick with me to this day.

What about you? Did you have a favorite childhood genre?

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12 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: February 3, 2023

  1. Tall and dark seems to be the type of most book heroines 🙂 I hope you enjoy this book!

    My First Line Friday post.

  2. My childhood genre was Fantasy with then Mystery coming a bit later. I try to read a mixture these days too – don’t want to miss out on a potential new favourite!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:

  3. Jody says:

    I never really had a favorite genre as a child, I chose to explore all genres then. Today I am the same way I suppose, I like so many different genres. I do tend to gear towards the psychological thriller genre. But I try to make myself go out of my comfort zone and try something new, but it is hard for me.

  4. Mark says:

    At times I wish I were more eclectic now. I certainly was as a kid. But I have so many mysteries calling my name it’s hard to hear anything else.

  5. I read Redeeming Love a number of years ago and it was so good! As a kid I read a lot of mysteries (Nancy Drew) and animal stories; and today I still love historical mysteries. Happy reading!

  6. My nieces have both said this is their favorite book, and they have urged me for a long time to read it.

  7. I’m currently reading Miss Newbury’s List by Megan Walker. It’s a super sweet story!
    “My pulse pounded in my ears. Me? Learn to fight? My fists were as delicate as porcelain. This had to be a joke.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  8. Historical and suspense are still my favorite genres – and the book I’m reading right now has both. 🙂 I’m reading Forged in Love by Mary Connealy. The first line is: “August 1870, Pine Valley, Wyoming, Near the Wind River Mountains ~ A bullet slammed into the side of the stagecoach carrying Mariah Stover, her pa, and her older brother.” I hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. I hope you enjoyed Redeeming Love. It sounds good!

    I forgot about Straub! I read more Saul than Straub, but I did read his books as well. It was fun thinking back on what I was reading when I was a child/teen and seeing what everyone else was reading too. It sure brings back memories! Thank you for sharing.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

  10. I haven’t read this one either, Lisa! Hope you enjoyed it! Have a great week 🙂

  11. Jody says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I am just letting everyone know that I follow on BBH, etc. that I am going to try something new (well, new for me) out. I know that there are other memes similar to this, but I just thought I would do it since Lia doesn’t blog any longer. So let’s see how it goes. I have joined a lot of other memes so maybe you could ‘pay it forward’ and join mine and pass me on if you would be so kind 😉

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