Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Beginnings: Celibacy, A Love Story: Memoir of a Catholic Priest's Daughter



Even though, growing up, I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about my status as an adoptee, it was the back story to my childhood. I'd been told that I was adopted early on, and more information filtered down as I grew into adulthood: Alice Foyette adopted me in July of 1937 in Philadelphia when I was eight-and-a-half months old and brought me back to Norwood, Massachusetts, to live with her and her grown daughter, Florence.

Celibacy, A Love Story: Memoir of a Catholic Priest's Daughter by Mimi Bull. We learn by the second page that Florence was, in fact, Mimi's real mother. And the parish priest, whom her mother loved, was her father.

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.


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.


Neil dramatically upped the ante by asking me to marry him on the second evening. Utterly dazzled by this charming man and totally unprepared for the impact of his proposal, which I did not respond to, I danced and socialized and tried to deny what was unfolding.


  1. This week I have a memoir, too, but the beginning of this one took my breath away. I can't imagine growing up thinking my mother was my sister, and finding out the truth later on.

    I noticed it isn't out until October though. I'll put it on my list.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating story, especially since it's true! I'll watch for this book's release.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings. I've been away for a while, and it's good to be back.

  3. What an interesting sounding book. I hope it is enlightening. My Friday Quotes

  4. This looks like an interesting book.

  5. This one sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

  6. It's been ages since I last read a memoir. This sounds like it will be an interesting one. I hope you are enjoying it! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting!

  7. i kinda blew it off until i read the blurb and found out who her parents were. made me curious
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Not sure this is for me but I hope you enjoy it! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  9. Well, that title is an attention getter. I may have to check into this one. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine.

  10. I don't often read memoirs, but this one sounds very good. And I can see how it might fit i with some of your work. My book beginning is from "Speaking American", which is about regional differences in American English.

  11. Wow, I don't think I've ever read a book about an adoption but this sounds very interesting! How are you liking it?

  12. Hello to you,
    As a new blogger I found your site while perusing the black hole of the internet and I'm happy that I did! Starting a new site and finding quality blogs can seem quite daunting. I too enjoy memoirs very much, this book sounds right up my alley even though I'm not Catholic. Perhaps I'll also take part in your Book Beginnings challenge tomorrow. If you have no objections counselor, I shall add you to my blogroll. My very best to you.


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