Thursday, January 2, 2014

A GOOD HOME - Book Beginnings on Friday and Friday 56

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When I began reading A GOOD HOME, I knew nothing about the author. I've since discovered that Cynthia Reyes is an award-winning journalist in Canada. This memoir, however, doesn't focus on her achievements. Instead, it's the story of a woman who has overcome significant challenges in her life. With beautiful descriptions of settings in Jamaica and Canada, I enjoyed following Cynthia's journey and visiting her homes along the way.  

Book Beginning (Prologue):
     The fire glows brightly, the wood floors nearby reflecting its warmth. The burning logs smell of maple and apple wood. Embers spark. Wood ash sifts through the grate.
     It's a quiet evening in our old farmhouse northeast of Toronto.

Friday 56:
     If the mythical Don Quixote had ever fathered a daughter, I would have been that daughter, racing off on my horse, wielding a too-short lance, ready to fight Mandeville's high and mighty every time one of them openly disparaged or otherwise mistreated poor or uneducated people in my presence. 

Genre: Memoir
Number of Pages: 307
Amazon Link: A GOOD HOME

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29 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the beginning and the 56. The prologue sounds very interesting! I haven't come across the 'book beginning' meme before, I will have to check that one out. I linked up on Freda's post and would love for you to check out my post as well. :)

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    1. The Book Beginning and Friday 56 memes seem to work well together in featuring a book, so I always combine them. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

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  2. That is a beautiful beginning, and your summary sounds amazing. I can see and smell the fire...great imagery.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Please stop by for a giveaway on my blog if you like. The link to the giveaway is in my Book Beginnings post.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. I just stopped by your blog, left a comment, and entered the giveaway. Thank you for participating in this week's Friday meme.

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  3. The description is written beautifully.

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  4. She sound like a fascinating person, one who will be fun to read about.

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  5. Lovely beginning, and close to home for me... literally. I live 40 minutes from Toronto!
    LOL @ the 56!
    Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

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    1. It's definitely an interesting and heart-warming story.

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  6. I love those descriptions...I feel like I'm there! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. The description in the prologue makes you want to curl up with a good book, doesn't it?

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  7. Wonderful beginning. I would love to go on!

    Here is my post

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  8. What a great beginning. I love the cover - it looks like a wonderful place to sit on a warm day with a good book and a glass of iced tea!

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    1. The picture on the cover goes well with the title, doesn't it? A lovely setting.

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  9. The book sounds great. I love memoirs, biographies and autobiographies. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I enjoy those kinds of books too. It's interesting to see how the events in someone's life unfold to create the person they become.
      Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment.

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  10. I've heard of this author before, but I don't think I've read anything by her. This memoir sounds fascinating. Love that excerpt.

    Thanks for stopping by The Busy Mom's Daily.

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    1. Cynthia Reyes definitely has had an interesting life. I especially enjoyed the part of her story that was set in Jamaica.

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  11. The prologue sounds so warm and inviting. I like rural living and often enjoy an evening fire. Your #56 is great. Can you imagine being Don Quixote's daughter?!!

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    1. I was drawn in by the beginning too. Sounds cozy and comfy.

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  12. An excellent beginning. Makes me need to read more. I love this idea and will have to check it out.
    Here is my Friday 56 if you want to check it out.
    http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/01/03/the-friday-56-11-blood-of-the-lamb-a-supernatural-thriller/

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  13. Now I want to curl up in front of that fire. :) The author has a knack for imagery.

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  14. The comparison to Don Quixote's "daughter" is very clever. The description of the setting in the Prologue places the reader right in the room. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
    :)

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  15. This really sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing these great snippets.

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  16. I read Don Quixote a long time ago and I can I love your comments. ^_^

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  17. LOVE your quote for Friday 56! :D

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