Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 24, 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:


The final chapter in Alka Joshi’s New York Times bestselling Jaipur trilogy takes readers to 1970s Paris, where Radha’s budding career as a perfumer must compete with the demands of her family and the secrets of her past.

Paris, 1974. Radha is now thirty-two and living in Paris with her husband, Pierre, and their two daughters. She still grieves for the baby boy she gave up years ago, when she was only a child herself, but she loves being a mother to her daughters, and she’s finally found her passion—the treasure trove of scents.

When her friend’s grandfather offered her a job at his parfumerie, she quickly discovered she had a talent—she could find the perfect fragrance for any customer who walked in the door. Now, ten years later, she’s working for a master perfumer, helping to design completely new fragrances for clients and building her career one scent at a time. She only wishes Pierre could understand her need to work. She feels his frustration, but she can’t give up this thing that drives her.

Tasked with her first major project, Radha travels to India, where she enlists the help of her sister, Lakshmi, and the courtesans of Agra—women who use the power of fragrance to seduce, tease and entice. She’s on the cusp of a breakthrough when she finds out the son she never told her husband about is heading to Paris to find her—upending her carefully managed world and threatening to destroy a vulnerable marriage.

“Imagine running amid a field of lavender bushes with your friends. Playing hide-and-seek between rows of jasmine vines.” Antoine closed his eyes.

This is the third in Alka Joshi’s Jaipur Trilogy. Would you read it?

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.

24th – 30th – Are books a must-have in your home? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Have we just met?! Of course they are! A home isn’t complete without books. We have several bookshelves, and they’re all full. Where other folks have knickknacks, we have books.

What about you? Do you keep books in your home?

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8 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 24, 2023

  1. Snapdragon says:

    I grow up in a house fill of books. It hard to imagen not having any books.

  2. I’m currently reading A Match in the Making by Jen Turano. It’s so fun!
    “I don’t believe you’ve thoroughly considered our current situation, Mrs. Parker,” Gwendolyn said as she stuffed a bathing costume into the woven bag she was packing.
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  3. Kym says:

    I think I would read this book – it looks fascinating! And I agree that a house must have books to feel like it’s a home.

  4. Gypsi says:

    Absolutely! (I posted photos on mine!)

  5. Cindy Davis says:

    I am not sure if I would keep reading, I would need more info. I did not grow up in a house with books but they are in every room of my house! I love books, collecting books, smelling books, etc. LOL! Have a great weekend!

  6. I have always lived with books, so I will always need to live with books. Have a great weekend.

    My BBH if you care to visit –

  7. Ashley S. says:

    Great beginning! I definitely want to keep reading. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  8. Haha, I totally agree about books instead of knickknacks on my shelves!

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