Posted in book beginnings, memes, The Friday 56






Welcome to our Friday Memes, the event that brings us together to spotlight books we’re reading, either now, or very soon.

Book Beginnings is hosted by A Few More Pages.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Today I grabbed a book that’s described as “breezily hilarious…and, ultimately, tender and heart-tugging.”

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough, by Ruth Pennebaker, is one I received for review.


In our beginnings, we excerpt one or two (or so) lines, and then share our thoughts.

Beginning:  “I don’t want you to get upset when I tell you this,” Richard said.

He was breathing heavily into the phone.


Okay….now whenever I hear someone telling me I shouldn’t get upset, I know it’s bad news.  And the heavy breathing doesn’t bode well, either.


For the “56,” we pick an excerpt from that page in the book.

The 56:  She didn’t want to do anything.  She just wanted to disappear.


I can’t wait to plunge into this one.  Descriptions like “hilarious” and “heart-tugging” tell me I’m going to love it.

What did you decide to share today?  I hope you’ll stop by and leave some comments and links.



Retired social worker * Mother * Grandmother * Writer *Obsessive blogger * Book Reviewer * Loves movies & collecting things * *To find out more about my books and blogs, check my website, Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations...


  1. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    I love those opening lines, they really do set a scene, don’t they.

    When I followed through to read the synopsis, it’s not a surprise that the poor guy is breathing heavily!!!

    I know just how she feels, being trapped into a sandwich of live, where you just can’t escape, I think that fantastic cover art speaks volumes.

    Thanks for sharing and making me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love your post… good one. Isn’t it hard to just listen and be detached instead of already deciding to react?! Thanks for stopping by today. I see you’ve changed things around on your blog… I like it!


  3. I read that book a month or two ago. That is an excellent opener, isn’t it? Unfortunately, I didn’t find the book all that hilarious, but hopefully you’ll like it more than I did.

    Thanks, as always, for stopping by Proud Book Nerd!


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