Posted in book beginnings, Friday Sparks, The Friday 56






Welcome to another opportunity to spark your enthusiasm and creativity by joining in for Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages, and The Friday 56, led by Freda’s Voice.

To participate, just grab a book you are reading (or are about to read), share the opening lines and link up; and then turn to page 56, and grab something there to share…and again, link up!

Today I’ve picked up Best Staged Plans, by Claire Cook, one of my favorite authors.

As a professional home stager, Sandy Sullivan is an expert at transforming cluttered rooms into attractive houses ready for sale. If only reinventing her life were as easy as choosing the perfect paint color. She’s eager to put her family’s suburban Boston home on the market, to downsize, and to simplify her own life. But she must first deal with her foot-dragging husband and her grown son, who has moved back home after college to inhabit the basement “bat cave.”

After reading them the riot act, Sandy takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend’s boyfriend. The good news is that she can spend time with her recently married daughter, Shannon, in Atlanta. The bad news is that Shannon finds herself heading to Boston for job training, leaving Sandy and her southern son-in-law, Chance, as reluctant roommates. If that’s not complicated enough, Sandy begins to suspect that her best friend’s boyfriend may be seeing another woman on the side….


Beginning:  Okay.  So I accidentally wrapped my reading glasses in one of the packages I mailed.

“It could have happened to anyone,” I said to my daughter, Shannon.


Ha-Ha…that sounds like something I could do.  When I’m distracted.  Already I’m wanting to read more!


p. 56:  That first winter in our new old house I almost got pregnant again.



Now, I’m thinking I could have gone on, adding one or two more sentences, but I like just dropping this sentence like a bomb.


What exciting openers and excerpts did you find this week?  I hope you’ll share them with the rest of us!



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  1. That’s an unusual opening for a novel, it had my interest immediately. And I have to wonder how you almost get pregnant. Sounds like an interesting read, enjoy. I’ve done a BB post this week too.


    1. Ha-Ha…love that one, Irene. I think my glasses should have some kind of device that can be remotely activated…to make noise or blink. Isn’t it funny that when we lose them, we can’t always “see clearly” enough to find them?

      Thanks for stopping by.


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