Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader.
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick has finally reached the top of my review stack. I was extremely eager to read this one. I asked for it at LibraryThing and from Amazon Vine and was lucky enough to get a copy from both places. I love Amanda Quick stories. The combination of historical romance and paranormal romance along with quirky heroes and heroines really does it for me. This story is the first in the Ladies of Lantern Street series and will be published on April 24.

Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors whether she is writing as herself, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle.

The muffled thud of the shattered lock echoed like a thunderclap in the deep silence that drenched the cottage.
Talk about a spine-chilling way to be awakened in the night! I like the immediate sense of danger that this first sentence brings. Who is breaking in and why?

Friday 56:
"That is all there is to do here in Little Dixby? See a few ruins, have tea and a few tasteless sandwiches and stop in a bookshop?"


  1. Oh, I do like the sound of these excerpts....and, like you, I enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz. I must now explore her alter egos!


  2. I've never read anything by Amanda Quick, but I see her books all over.

    Hope you are enjoying this!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  3. I don't think she used enough adjectives in that first sentence. :)

    You know, every time I visit your blog, I laugh about the title. I think I've mentioned this before, but I have that Groucho Marx quote on a bookmark and I treasure it because it always makes me smile.

  4. That beginning sentence drew me right in :)

  5. Great 56....I wouldn't mind living there!! the only thing i'd change would be the 'tasteless' sandwiches, but stop in a bookshop is something i could do forever!! lol :) Happy reading :)


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