Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Red Button by Keith Eldred -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Do you read anything special in December? For instance, do you read books with a definite Christmas or holiday theme? Or particularly cozy books? 

I like cozy books in December. They don't need to be Christmas books, but I stay away from books that are too action-packed, depressing, or political. I like a big shaggy classic this time of year, or a vintage mystery, and I try to slip in a feel-good rom com or Aga saga.

I look forward to the Book Beginnings on Fridays posts in December to see what you like to read during the holidays. Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading or a book you want to highlight.


From The Red Button by Keith Eldred:

Belle would have started work early in her life regardless, since her family needed her contribution, but it was all the earlier because her mother, Lily, died of consumption when Belle was still a girl. 

The Red Button is an imaginative prequel to A Christmas Carol. It is the story of a young Ebenezer Scrooge and his romance with Belle Endicott. Belle is mentioned only briefly in the original story. This book is built around the captivating idea that Ebenezer Scrooge secretly carries a red button around with him that reminds him of his lost love. It will give you a new appreciation for Dickens' classic. 

Keith Eldred wrote The Red Button as part of a project called This is Red. Keith and his wife Janet started This is Red when she was diagnosed with early stage dementia. The goal of This is Red is to raise money for their local library where Janet has worked as the library director for many years.


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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 The Red Button:
Ebenezer had provided an assortment of samples, so Archie and Belle were able to show what was available from the factory. Merrell seized on one item.


  1. I like the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The Red Button looks interesting. I like the quotes.

  3. I'm intrigued by this concept. Sounds interesting. I like to read cozy types of books in December too. It doesn't always work out that way though. Have a great weekend!

  4. I'm not a major Dickens fan but perhaps this could give me a new "in" to his work, a new way of appreciating the things he does! I don't tend to read typical Christmas reads, but then I'm a big mood-reader anyway! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)

  5. This sounds like a fabulous book for a fabulous cause! My "Designated December Read" for years has been Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel. In fact, I already have it packed for the mini-trip I'll be taking next week.

  6. Sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it :)

  7. For some reason I can't get the link to accept my URL. Can you try for me? Thanks.


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