Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 17, 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:


Gloria Bachman, a retired bank executive, has eight weeks to flip a location on Comfort’s High Street into a boutique chocolate shop. Defying expectations for “women of a certain age,” Gloria rediscovers talents and a sharpening of skills. If only she could read people as well as she does a spreadsheet. Even with the renovation in good hands, the subsequent struggle to name the shop brings Gloria and her business partner into conflict with a shady citizen. While Gloria is capable of remaining in her retirement rut while opening a business, two competing social groups try to lure her into their networks, causing Gloria to wonder if she ever knew Comfort at all. A murder rocks the community and revives investigative instincts honed by years in the banking industry.

Mason Lassiter, a disgraced CEO, has his own dramas to escape and the offbeat town seems the perfect place to recover his self-esteem. What was to be a quick reversal of fortunes, becomes a quest to right a deeply felt injustice. Fascinated by the women driving the energy of Comfort, he extends his stay to find out why the small town is the backdrop to their best tales. Tangling with his neighbor, Gloria, becomes his favorite pastime and the key to unlocking the mystery of his past—if he can convince her to trust him.

Chocolate and joy become the glue, bringing an unlikely cast together and which just might change Gloria’s and Mason’s course for the better. With characters familiar from previous Comfort novels and introducing fresh names, this novel will entertain those who like their stories seasoned with coziness and sweet, second chances.

“If you rent this place, you’ll have to name the sweet shop after me.”

Would you keep reading? (I love Kimberly Fish’s books, so my answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!”)

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.

17th – 23rd – Do you post every day on your blog and/or social media? 
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

As much as I would love to post here on the blog every day, I think I’d have to clone myself to do it. I work full-time and usually have one or more proofreading/editing projects going, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day to do all I’d like to do. I’ve got to sleep sometime!

If you blog every day, what’s your secret? If you don’t, do you wish you could? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

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12 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 17, 2023

  1. Mark says:

    I do blog every day. My secret? I don’t have a life. Also, I don’t post about books every day. When you review other things, it gives you fodder to fill in when you don’t have a new book to review.

  2. I host book tours and I usually have a tour everyday or every other day. Or I am posting book reviews. I usually schedule my posts ahead of time, so that I don’t have to be on my blog daily unless I have book reviews to get posted. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🍀

  3. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels. It’s pretty awesome!
    “How about 492?
    I looked up from the clipboard in my lap. “You don’t like The Replacements?”
    I hope you have a really excellent weekend!

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    I do post almost everyday. Sometimes it’s memes (Like this one), other times book reviews, other times just bookish stuff. I also work part time, not full time. Have a great weekend!

  5. Like you, I work full time, so I try to post 3 to 4 times per week. Doesn’t always happen. Some people write several posts ahead and schedule them out, so I might try doing that.

  6. I also work full time and just can’t find the hours in the day to work, be a mom, and post on the blog every day. Now if I had a time-turner like Hermione…LOL.

    Have a great weekend.

    My BBH if you care to visit –

  7. Great first line! Sounds like a fun book.

  8. I love the tag line! I’m reading Yosemite Firestorm by Tanya Stowe. The first line is: “Olivia Chatham pulled her ranger Jeep into the parking lot of the hiking trail near Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows and groaned.”

    • I’m interested in yours! I want to know what’s going on in Yosemite that has her groaning. Stupid hikers? A too-close-for-comfort animal encounter? It’s Monday and she’s got end of the month paperwork to do? I’ll have to read and find out!

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