Thursday, April 22, 2021

Leaving Coy's Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


book cover of Leaving Coy's Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke


Welcome to another week of Book Beginnings on Fridays! 

I got my second COVID vaccine yesterday and it's got me feeling pretty sleepy and lightheaded today. Not to mention my arm feels like I was hit with a baseball bat! But I am excited to have both Pfizer shots all done. Hubby has his too, so we are looking forward to doing some face-to-face socializing with all our vaxxed family and friends in the coming months. Woo hoo! 

In the meantime, I need a nap to sleep off these loopies! So I'll get my Book Beginnings post up and crawl into bed. 

Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week or the book you want to highlight. Share the link to your blog post or social media post in the Linky box below. If you share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag.


From Leaving Coy's Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke:

It has been years since I last spoke in front of such a large crowd.

-- from Chapter 1, "Chicago World's Fair, 1893."

Leaving Coy's Hill is historical fiction based on the life of Lucy Stone, a 19th Century advocate for women's rights and the abolition of slavery. Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She broke new ground for women by becoming a public speaker and for keeping her own name after she married -- something almost unheard of in the mid-1800s. 

Although now one of the lesser-known of the first wave feminists, Lucy Stone inspired Susan B. Anthony and was admired by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The three were most connected in the public's mind with the early women's rights movement in the United States. 

Katherine A. Sherbrooke breathes new life into the story of Lucy Stone with her novel, Leaving Coy's Hill. Stone's struggle to forge a marriage of equals; balance her career and family; and find fulfillment in a difficult profession, where emotions run hot and colleagues become rivals, is a story as timely today as it was in her time.

Read my earlier interview with Katherine A. Sherbrooke about her prior book, Fill the Sky, here.

Leaving Coy's Hill launches May 4 from Pegasus Books and is available for pre-order.


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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 Leaving Coy's Hill:

I looked out on the crowd, feeling sure I had done well. Any relief I felt, though, turned quickly to anxiety as I realized I hadn't planned what to do next.

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