Thursday, April 8, 2021

Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries & When in Vanuatu by Nicki Chen -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



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.


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 Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu. Although Vanuatu 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.


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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 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.

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