Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a recent download that I’m excited about:  The Girl in Times Square (e-book), by Paullina Simons, is a riveting novel about a young woman whose search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey.





Book Beginning: (Just Before the Beginning; Lily Quinn)

What happened to love?  Lily whispered to herself.  Has someone else taken all that was given out for the universe, or have I just not been trying hard enough?  What happened to overwhelming, crushing love, the kind of love that moves earth and heaven, the kind of love my Grandma felt for her Tomas half a century ago in another world in another life, the kind of love my father says he felt for my mother when they first met swimming in that warm Caribbean Sea?


Friday 56:  Today at work, the jetlag was getting to her.  During her break, instead of eating Jell-O with whipped cream like always, she put her head down on the waitresses’ table in the booth in the back and was instantly asleep.


Synopsis:  Living in bustling New York City, Lily Quinn has plenty of distractions and is struggling to finish college as well as pay her rent. But that all pales in comparison when Amy, her best friend and roommate, disappears without a trace.

Spencer O’Malley, a cynical NYPD detective assigned to Amy’s case, immediately captures Lily’s attention. Though he is wary and wrestling with his own demons, he, too, is irresistibly drawn to Lily.

But fate has more in store for Lily than she ever expected. As she looks deeper into the mystery surrounding Amy’s disappearance, Lily finds answers she never imagined she’d find—answers that challenge everything she knows about her own life.

Lily’s search puts her on a collision course with tragedy and love, and gives her a glimpse into the abyss that swallowed her friend . . . until she faces a final confrontation with her own life-changing destiny.


I am drawn to this one, even though it has a lot more pages than I usually choose (600+).  But I think I might just lose myself in the story…after New Year’s.  Would you keep reading?



    1. Yes, I’m usually more comfortable with no more than 450 pages…but in the New Year, I’m thinking that I should expand those horizons…if the book sounds amazing.

      Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth. Enjoy the New Year!


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