Thursday, September 9, 2021

Welcome to Kamini and Shoal Water -- Two New Books -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



The light is starting to change and the first hints of fall are in the air. I love this time of year, with that back-to-school feeling. 

What books captured your attention this week? Please share the first sentence (or so) here on Book Beginnings on Fridays. Leave the link to your blog or social media post in the Linky box below. 

To celebrate the impending change of seasons, I am highlighting two new novels, both coming out in October. Both are also set in northern parts of Canada, so they make a good pairing.


From Welcome to Kamini

Two figures pushed off from the dock in a canoe after sunset.

-- Welcome to Kamini by Don Engebretson. I like that first sentence, how about you? It sets a scene and I immediately want to know more.

Engebretson is a seasoned magazine and short story writer. Welcome to Kamini is his debut novel. The protagonist heads to the Canadian woods of northern Ontario to get over his failed marriage and professional tailspin. There he meets three powerful women and an Ojibwe fishing guide and who change his plans, and his life.

This one comes out October 1 from Guernica Editions and is available for pre-order now.

From Shoal Water:

The dark forbidding clouds closed in, the wind, its high-pitched universe.

-- Shoal Water by Kip Robinson Greenthal. This beginning is more atmospheric, and I like it too!

This beautiful debut novel is the story of Kate and her husband who move from New York City to a fishing village in Nova Scotia and open a book store. While getting to know their new community, Kate must confront ghosts of the past -- metaphorical and literal. Perfect for October!

Greenthal won the 2020 Landmark Prize for fiction for Shoal Water. The prize is publication by Homebound Publications. Shoal Water comes out on October 12, and you can pre-order now.


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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.


From Welcome to Kamini:
Closing her eyes, she twirled her finger twice in the air and placed it on the map. . . . Only when removing her finger did she find it had landed smack dab on a tiny dot labeled Kamini.

From Shoal Water:
Andy walked down the road toward the dory shop built alongside the Greenport wharf. Everywhere was fog and the smell of fish.
I can't wait for cool, rainy weather to get here when I plan to curl up with both of these books. 


  1. The excerpts sound interesting. Have a great weekend!

  2. I would definitely read on in your first book. It sounds very compelling to me.

  3. They do pair together well. Similar themes and settings. Will be interesting to see how they are different.

  4. I thought I was ahead of things with my book, which comes out the end of the month. You are right, both are atmospheric.

  5. I like both opening sentences and the page 56 extracts. They make me want to know more.

  6. Both of these reads sound very intriguing and perfect for early autumn weather and a final escape into nature! I hope you enjoy them both and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  7. I love the opening sentence for Shoal Water. Very atmospheric.

    Happy Weekend!

    Elza Reads

  8. Both books sound good but I really like the sounds of the first one a tad more. :-) Happy weekend!

  9. Happy Friday! Thanks for hosting and sharing.


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