Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: January 5, 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 beginning:


How does a man show his love – for country, for heritage, for family – during a war that sets the three at odds? What sets in motion the necessity to choose one over the other? How will this choice change everything and everyone he loves?

Jacob Miller, a first-generation American, grew up in New Berlin, a small German immigrant town in Ohio where he endured the Great Depression, met his wife, and started a family. Though his early years were not easy, Jacob believes he is headed toward his ‘happily ever after’ until a friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants, and the war lands resolutely on his doorstep.

In An Enemy Like Me, Teri M. Brown uses the backdrop of World War II to show the angst experienced by Jacob, his wife, and his four-year-old son as he leaves for and fights in a war he did not create. She explores the concepts of xenophobia, intrafamily dynamics, and the recognition that war is not won and lost by nations, but by ordinary men and women and the families who support them.

For the first time in his short life, William heard his parents yelling at one another.

Are you hooked yet? You should be! If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend Teri M. Brown’s works. You can find my review of her first book, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, here. You’ll want to read that one, too!

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 the first book you read this year?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

The first book I read this year was Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman. It was also the first book I reviewed this year!

What was your first read of this, the new year?

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13 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: January 5, 2023

  1. This sounds like a complex-in-a-good-way read.

  2. An interesting first line. I have heard of Unseelie. I have yet to finish a book. Maybe next week?!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  3. Happy Friday!
    I am finishing up The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz, so I will share a line from there.
    “Davie is in the tower.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. There’s a proliferation of WWII books recently but I like that this one tackles the story from a fresh angle. I’ll check it out because I DO enjoy historical fiction.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  5. Cindy Davis says:

    Interesting first lines. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  6. Jody says:

    The first book I read this year was by Lisa Jewell – The Family Remans. I had this on my TBR list like forever, without realizing that it was the second book, and I did not read The Family Upstairs first. So needless to say I was really lost. I love Lisa Jewell’s books, so I am going to have to go back and read The Family Upstairs and then read The Family Remains again, which is fine with me. Happy Reading! 😉

  7. I don’t read many historical fiction books, but this sounds really good.

  8. Ashley S. says:

    I’m always drawn to books set during WWII, so this one appeals to me. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  9. The first book I finished this year was The Stranded, it’s also the first one I touched to work on more, but I’d started it in 2022. Have a great weekend.

  10. That sounds like a fascinating book. I’m currently reading The sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen. The first line is: “April 1819. Sarah Summers carefully lifted the family heirloom, a warm mantle of nostalgia settling over her.” Hope you had a great weekend!

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