Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 10, 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:


Set against Nantucket’s Great Fire of 1846, this sweeping, emotional novel brings together three courageous women battling to save everything they hold dear…

Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often for years at a time, women here know a rare independence—and the challenges that go with it.

Eliza Macy is struggling to conceal her financial trouble as she waits for her whaling captain husband to return from a voyage. In desperation, she turns against her progressive ideals and targets Meg Wright, a pregnant free Black woman trying to relocate her store to Main Street. Meanwhile, astronomer Maria Mitchell loves running Nantucket’s Atheneum and spending her nights observing the stars, yet she fears revealing the secret wishes of her heart.

On a sweltering July night, a massive fire breaks out in town, quickly kindled by the densely packed wooden buildings. With everything they possess now threatened, these three very different women are forced to reevaluate their priorities and decide what to save, what to let go and what kind of life to rebuild from the ashes of the past.

In the heat of summer, gossip spreads through Nantucket town like wildfire.

Did that get your attention? I’ll tell you what, this is proving to be quite a good work of historical fiction. Look for my review next week.

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 listen to audiobooks with earbuds or headphones?
Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

I actually don’t listen to audiobooks at all. I don’t like having my hearing obstructed while things are going on around me. I would listen on my drive to work (but not with headphones or earbuds, because that’s no good when you’re driving) if my commute were consistently longer. But it isn’t, so I don’t.

What about you? Headphone or earbuds? Or are you like me and avoid audiobooks?

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10 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 10, 2023

  1. I listen to audiobooks quite a bit, and I have to use earbuds so that noise and distractions don’t bother me. have a great weekend, Lisa 😊

  2. The Nantucket fire is an unusual setting, and I like that.

    In the past, I was not an audiobook person, but I occasionally like to listen to them when I’m driving or cooking.

  3. Gypsi says:

    I listen to audiobooks all day long, as I’m a homemaker alone most of the day, and they are such a blessing. To be able to read while I work (or shower or do my crafting in the evenings) is a multitasking that is so rewarding! (I do use earbuds to listen when I’m grocery shopping, though.)

  4. Your book DOES sound really intriguing – and set in a different-than-usual time period. I’ll give it a try.
    I listen to books mostly on my commute (no earbuds) and use earbuds only when I’m walking. I can’t imagine listening to a book, where I need to pay attention to follow the story, while grocery shopping or cooking. Guess I need to use most of my brain to focus on my activity rather than a book. 🙂
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  5. Jenni Elyse says:

    I don’t listen to audiobooks all that often. However, if I do, I usually listen to them in the car while I’m driving or just before bed so I don’t use earbuds or headphones in either situation. Every once in a while, I’ll be in my library and I may use earbuds then but I usually use my bluetooth speaker.

    My Book Blogger Hop Post

  6. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green. It’s really good!
    “In some ways, Ivy and Elsa were two peas in a pod.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Kym says:

    this looks like a book I’d like to read – beautiful cover, intriguing description, and an attention-getting first line! Happy Reading!

  8. Snapdragon says:

    I don’t used earbuds or headphones when listening audio books. If I has to then it would be earbuds because that what I have.

  9. I’ve started listening to audiobooks while at work, so earbuds are a must for that, but at home I don’t bother with them. Have a great weekend.

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