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First Line Friday, Friday 56, Book Beginnings, Book Blogger Hop

Fridays are about sharing the first sentence(s) of a current book I'm reading and a snippet from page 56 or 56% on e-reader from the same book. Fun, right? And I'm joining the BBH (Blogger Hop) to answer this week's prompt. As always, everyone is welcome - hope to see you there and sharing first sentences.......

Today's Book is:

Currently Reading:

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Genre: historical fiction

Published 2008; 648 pages

First Sentence(s): "It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she'd been told."

At about 56% on the Kindle: "A narrow stone path, almost obscured by lichen, wound along the front before disappearing around the corner. The weeds at the side of the house were tall and thick and she had to pull them away from the wall before stepping through. There was something about the garden that reminded her of Nell's backyard in Brisbane. Not the plants so much as the mood."

Today's Question: Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel?

Never. Even if it's been years and years. I figure authors usually repeat enough of the previous book to cover the basics, and I hope that I'll gradually remember the important characters. I just don't reread anything, unless it's by accident. And then, I usually know in the first few pages and put it aside.

Book Beginnings (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Rose City Reader

First Sentence Friday (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Reading Is My Superpower

Friday 56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted by Freda's Voice

Book Blogger Hop (BBH) asks a question of general interest or discussion hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

Hope you'll join in one or all of these fun memes and take a minute to visit the other participants. I'm surprised how many times a first sentence can send me looking for a book.

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