I love reading so I’m thrilled to have found Friday Book Share!
I am entering for the first time and look forward to reading many other posts and getting some ideas of books to read. I have a page on my blog that lists all the books I read throughout the year. I started it in 2014/2015 and enjoyed the process so much I kept going into 2016. It’s just as much for me to remember what I’ve read and a brief comment about each book.
The instructions for Friday Book Share from Shelley Wilson are –
Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan
First line: One morning, for no reason at all, I cannot find the strength to get out of bed.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb: It’s been said that the greatest risk in life is not to take a risk. Sometimes you have to risk everything to find the only thing you need. At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia’s top-selling women’s magazines, a happy marriage to a kindred spirit, a jet setting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland and rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, she was living large in every way. The world was her oyster.
But then her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. In shock, she zips on her work face, climbs back into her high heels and soldiers on – until one morning eighteen months later, when she simply can’t get out of bed.
Heartbreaking, funny and searingly honest, Salvation Creek is the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life – and love – in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world.
Introduce the main character using only three words – Susan is honest, brave and clever
Delightful design –
Audience appeal: I think this would appeal to women who enjoy reading true stories about women who overcome obstacles in their lives. It’s emotional and honest. I must admit that I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book if it wasn’t for book club as it’s not my usual style.
Your favourite line/scene: I’ve really only just got into this book so haven’t got a lot to choose from. I chose this scene as it resonated with me, as I hurtle towards a ‘forced’ retirement. It scared me a little if I’m honest!
Retiring is not easy. A lifetime of strong work ethics, schedules and routines – the fabric of my daily existence – suddenly becomes meaningless. Even if you hate what your work has come to mean to you, as I have, it still provides a daily goal. Now there is nothing to focus on except myself. Which I thought would be a relief. Only it isn’t.
My book club, of 10 very special ladies, meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 8pm at a member’s home. We have a roster for the year and as host we provide a supper and get to ask the questions and lead the discussion. It’s always fun and we’ve been going for over 25 years!
We each pay an annual fee to the local library and get a box of 10 books and questions each month. I often wouldn’t have chosen the book we get given but because I’m part of a book club I read it. It’s good to read different things and I usually end up enjoying something about the book. It’s always interesting to hear what others think, some nights our discussions are quite heated and other nights it’s quite tame. As we live in a small place it’s hard not to talk to each other about the book in between times but we are all very disciplined and it rarely happens.
I hope you enjoy my first post for Friday Book Share and I’m sure I’ll be back for more!
Enjoy the weekend.