Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my current read, The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman.  I haven't made it as far as the 56 yet, but I'm really enjoying it and by the sound of that snippet I'll continue to do so.

Beginning:

Wednesday, 29 April 1812

In the sun-warmed quiet of her uncle's library, Lady Helen Wrexhall spread the skirt of her muslin morning gown and sank into a deep curtsy required for Royal presentation: back held straight, head slightly bowed, left knee bent so low, it nearly touched the floor.  And, of course, face set into a serene Court smile.

56:

Her paper-thin kid glove was damp with perspiration, and stuck to her skin.  There were too many bodies in the room, filling the air with an overpowering stink of stale perfume and sweat, not to mention the heavy anticipation that seemed to press down upon everyone like black clouds on a thundery day.

43 comments:

  1. Is she practicing her curtsy or is she really before Royalty? I'd read on.

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    1. Well, she is just practicing. :) It's a good one so far!

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  2. First, I love that cover.
    This sounds like a book I would enjoy.
    My Friday:Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. I really bet you would! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've seen a lot about this book, and it does look interesting. I like the beginning and the 56. :-)

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  4. This one is on my TBR mountain. I can't wait to get to it. I am spotlighting Winter by Marissa Meyer this week. Happy reading!

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    1. Great - I hope you do!

      Thanks for sharing!

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  5. OOOOHHH I want to read this on so badly.

    Pop over and check out my Friday 56 this week

    Shubba @ Wee Shubba's World.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to! Thanks for sharing, Shubba!

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  6. Wow... the descriptive snippets go well together with the beautiful cover art. I'd like to know more about Lady Helen!

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    1. So far, I'm liking what I've seen of her.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I actually have an arc of this one! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by proseandkahn.

    brenda

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  8. She sounds happier in the library, while getting ready. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. You can say that again. :)

      Thanks for visiting mine, too.

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  9. The descriptive writing makes me feel the heaviness in the room.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  10. I've been curious about this one. Love the cover! Don't think I'd want to be in that room with all the perfumed bodies, though. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading this week!

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    1. Yeah, that doesn't sound like the best place to be does it. :)

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  11. Love the cover! I've been seeing this book everywhere but had no idea what it was about. I definitely want to read this!! Thanks for sharing.

    My Friday Memes --> THE DIVINERS

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    1. Now you have any idea! :) Hope you'll like it!

      Thanks for visiting.

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  12. I love the cover and the wonderful descriptions.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. They sound fantastic!

      Thanks for sharing!

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  13. The title, cover, and reference to a library make me want to read this one.

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    1. It had me from the title and cover, too. :)

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  14. Such an intriguing description - sounds like a book I would LOVE to read on. That cover art too!! *gawps*

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    1. I hope you get the chance to try it - you'll have to let me know what you make of it!

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  15. Such lovely writing and such a beautiful cover. This is on my list.

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  16. Making sure this one is on my GR list. :-) Happy weekend!

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  17. Ooh, I like the description in this one. I must get my hands on a copy soon. Happy weekend!

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    1. I bet you'll love it!

      Thanks for visiting, Alicia!

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  18. Ohh how awesome that you are starring this one !! I have it on my spring TBR ^^ I hope it is a great read !! Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend !!

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  19. Beautiful description and a cool cover! The synopsis on goodreads is also really interesting. Added to my TBR list :)

    Here is my F56: https://vfseattle.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/friday-56-all-the-birds-in-the-sky/

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    1. I'm glad I was able to pique your interest! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I;ve seen this cover quite a bit and am curious about it. I hope you're enjoying :)

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  21. The dark days club actually looks pretty good, and look at that cover! It's so mysterious and spooky, its so lovely omg. Alison Goodman sounds interesting.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. It's pretty good so far and she does sound interesting. :)

      Thanks for dropping by, Amy!

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  22. I loved Dark Days Club, these are some great quotes that you've highlighted.

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