Friday Meets

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 to start the weekend with Book Beginnings.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. For this date, you will need the following:

  •  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

I have been reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce since last weekend and I know if I don't use it for this feature today, it will only end up as a review in my Reflections on Ink page. This is one of those books you want to spend time with and tell others about it. So I am going to page back a bit to share with you. 


It wasn't David.  It was someone else. Another man's son. He had allowed himself to believe for a few brief moments that David could appear at one end of a street, while Harold sat at the other. The young man took a sharp right and marched swiftly away, becoming smaller and less distinguishable, until with a snap he turned another corner. Harold kept watching, waiting in case the young man changed his mind and was David after all, but he didn't.

Before you run of for 'hey hey hey it's Friday'   

Remember to join Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. Share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading (or just take the one you grabbed for Friday 56) and share it. As well as your initial thoughts on the sentence and your first impressions of the book. Remember to also post your link to Rose City Reader and to share the others! If you use another book as the one used for Friday 56, remember to include the title and author.

I'm not going to page back that far, so I will use a new one I started this week for Book Beginnings. 

Recipes for love and murder is by the South African author, Sally Andrew. Being a South African myself, I find this novel utterly enjoyable (so far). Although it is written in English, you pick up that very distinguishable "Afrikaans" accent and all those lovely characters you will only find in the south of Africa are portrayed in a hilarious, but oh so familiar way (to me at least). This book should perhaps come with a health warning. South Africans love to eat and "lekker" (tasty!!) food. Tannie (Auntie) Maria is eating and cooking the whole blerrie time. Tannie Maria works for the Klein Karoo Gazette where she answers the "dear Abby" letters. All her answers are accompanied with a recipe to assist with the desired results of her advice. Those recipes are to die for... And somebody is going to! I'm still waiting for the murder to happen, but I am only on page 30.

Isn't life funny? You know, how one thing leads to another in a way you just don't expect. That Sunday morning, I was in my kitchen stirring my apricot jam in the cast-iron pot. It was another dry summer's day in the Klein Karoo, and I was glad for the breeze coming in the window. "You smell lovely", I told the appelkooskonfyt. When I call it apricot jam, it sounds like something in a tin from the Spar, but when it's konfyt, you know it's made in a kitchen. 


  1. I'm still waiting for Harold Fry!

  2. Recipes Foe Love And Murder sounds good! I'll have to see if my library has it. Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for visiting my blog! Happy reading!

    1. Same to you Kim! Recipes for Love and Murder are just lovely. Having a good giggle every few pages. It's very South African and "Afrikaans" culture.

  3. I read Harold a while ago and enjoyed it. It does warrant time to absorb everything.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  4. I have this book, but haven't read it yet. Won it ages ago....
    Have a great week ahead!

    1. Read it! It's worth it. Great week to you as well!

  5. I like that you've split it up - both books sound great, by the way. Happy reading!


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