Thursday, January 05, 2017

Book Beginnings: Faithful

Faithful, by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster, November 2016). These are the book's first lines:
In February, when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it. The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by sand, and they burn past midnight. They shouldn't last for that amount of time, but that's part of the miracle.
About the Book:
"... a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. 
Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world.... Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night."
My Thoughts:

I was a little nervous about this one at first — angels, miracles, and troubled teenagers aren't usually my subjects of choice. But so far, I'm enjoying the book quite a lot. But I have to admit, I was initially attracted by that cover. So lovely.

Admit it — you sometimes buy books for the cover, too. Am I right?

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. Oh, yes, I do sometimes pick a book by its cover. Lately, though, I've been looking for titles I've already heard good things about. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

  2. I wasn't sure, either, as Alice Hoffman is an author I sometimes love, while at other times, not so much. I loved this one! Hope you end up enjoying it, too.

    Here's mine:

  3. The covers grab me first most every time. If I like it, I grab it.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. I do look at covers and sometimes buy because I really like them.

  5. Some of my favorite books have been cover buys! I wasn't as enthused with this one when I read it, but I do hope you continue to enjoy it!


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