Thursday, April 8, 2021

Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries & When in Venuatu by Nicki Chan -- BOOK BEGINNINGS

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

So many new books come out this time of year that I have another twofer this week for Book Beginnings on Fridays! I'm not complaining! Who doesn't love new books?

Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are highlighting this week. Add the link to your blog or social media post in the Linky box below. No blog? No problem! You can always play along by leaving a comment right here with your opening sentence. Just please remember to tell us the name of the book and the author.

MY BOOK BEGINNINGS

From Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries:

"I wish for once the post would land upright in the box."

Blue Desert comes out April 20 from Rootstock Publishing and is available for pre-order now from many sources. See Celia Jeffries' website for more information.

Alice George lived in the Sahara desert with the nomadic Tuarig tribe during the years of World War I. 60 years later, she gets a telegram telling her that her former lover from her time in the Sahara has died. The story braids the two narratives of Alice's time spent with Abu in the desert and 1970s London, during the week she tells her secrets to her husband for the first time. If you like historical fiction with a feminist bent, Blue Desert is the book for you.

From When in Vanuatu by Nicki Chen:

Diana was high on hope that morning.

When in Venuatu launches April 27 from She Writes Press and is available for pre-order from many sources. See Nicki Chen's website for more information.

Nicki Chen's new novel, When in Venuatu is the page-turning story of expats Diane and Jay, living in Manila when, for various reasons, they decide to move to the South Pacific island of Vanuata. Although Vanuata is the beautiful tropical island where James Mitchener wrote Tales of the South Pacific, their new home is not the idyllic paradise it first appears. While Diane and Jay become part of a captivating international community, the couple faces disappointments that test their marriage and lead to Diane's personal transformation.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS   

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THE FRIDAY 56

Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.

MY FRIDAY 56

From Blue Desert:

I don't want to keep these secrets anymore. They're heavy and bite my neck and constrict my throat and maybe I was wrong in thinking I would lose Edith if I told her the truth.

From When in Vanuatu:

She didn't ask how he could complete a mission that was supposed to take ten days in three or four. This time, when he insisted she stay inside and be careful, she didn't roll her eyes.



11 comments :

  1. Interesting excerpts. Have a great weekend!

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  2. The quotes are interesting. Enjoy your current read!

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  3. As you say, there are just so many new books hitting the shelves right now, it is so difficult to keep up with them all and make choices.

    I checked out both your books, and f course really liked the soud of them both! However, if I had to choose only one of them for myself, I would probably go with 'Blue Desert', as I also really like that cover art too!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)

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  4. Both books look fascinating - both tempt me.

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  5. The Blue Desert sounds like an interesting story. Hope you enjoy

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  6. I’m so sorry for the multiple entries. Didn’t realize till I was too late that I submitted the wrong link!! Please disregard my first 2 posts

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  7. Both Blue Desert and When in Venuatu sounds like books I would enjoy--and I loved the excerpts you shared from both. I hope you are enjoying them! Have a great weekend and thank you for hosting!

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  8. I didn't realize that the island in Michener's book was named Vanuatu. Now I am intrigued. My Friday quotes from THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD

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  9. They both sound good to me! Happy weekend!

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