Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Beginning: The River and the Sea


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



I lay back in bed recovering from knee surgery with my knee hooked up to a cooling pad. I leaned back on the pillows, Missy Higgins singing oon the player, and closed my eyes as the music carried me back to the beach of the Tasman Sea in Punakaiki, New Zealand . . .

The River and the Sea: A Story of Forgiveness by Julia Laughlin

When Julia Laughlin was 21, she was brutally raped, beaten, and tortured by a man she had known and trusted. Now, over 30 years later, she has published the story of that attack, the criminal trial of her assailant, and the enduring trauma in her life.

She wrote this book to share what she discovered about sexual violence, how it affects a person, and how to find a way to live with and heal from from trauma so that others whose lives has been marred by sexual violence might also find a way to heal.


  1. Wow, this book sounds really powerful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds like a very emotional read.

  3. The cover is so peaceful. Sounds like the story is anything but...

    Thank you for hosting this fun meme.

  4. Hi Gilion,
    I am not much of a reader of memoirs or biographies, no matter the person or their motives for having written their story.
    'The River And The Sea' does sound like a particularly powerful piece of writing though, countered to perfection by that deceptively lovely cover art, which I assume sums up Julia's inner peace now that she has committed pen to paper and released her long pent up feelings.
    I hope that whilst 'enjoy' might not be the correct word, you take something good away from the book.
    Thanks for hosting BBOF :)

  5. Sounds like it'd be quite a powerful read!

  6. The subject matter of this one is something I can't read, but I wish the best to the author.

  7. I love the peacefulness of the beginning and the cover though I think it may be deceptively calm given the subject matter!

  8. Beautiful cover.

    Sounds like an intense read.

    Thanks for sharing.

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