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Friday 56: Week 44 – The Information Officer by Mark Mills







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The Information Officer: A Novel


Here’s mine from The Information Officer: A Novel by Mark Mills.  It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a fun suspense thriller – fun reading!
The blurb:

Summer 1942.  A small, windswept island in the Medeterranean has become the most bombed patch of earth on the planet, as a fiercely independent people withstand relentless siege.  Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the fragile esprit de corps.  That is all, along with a few battle-worn fighter planes, that stands in the face of German occupation — and perhaps even victory.

When Max learns of the brutal murder of a young island woman — along with evidence that it was committed by a British officer — he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered.  With the clock ticking down toward all-out invasion, he must investigate the murder, hidden from the eyes of his superiors, friends, and the woman he loves.

Here’s my Friday 56:
It was a purely instinctual reaction.  He lunged for the steering wheel and yanked it toward him.  The last thing he remembered before the world went black was his hand, pale and hairless beside his father’s on the polished perfection of the wooden steering wheel.

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Friday 56: Week 44 – The Information Officer by Mark Mills







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The Information Officer: A Novel


Here’s mine from The Information Officer: A Novel by Mark Mills.  It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a fun suspense thriller – fun reading!
The blurb:

Summer 1942.  A small, windswept island in the Medeterranean has become the most bombed patch of earth on the planet, as a fiercely independent people withstand relentless siege.  Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the fragile esprit de corps.  That is all, along with a few battle-worn fighter planes, that stands in the face of German occupation — and perhaps even victory.

When Max learns of the brutal murder of a young island woman — along with evidence that it was committed by a British officer — he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered.  With the clock ticking down toward all-out invasion, he must investigate the murder, hidden from the eyes of his superiors, friends, and the woman he loves.

Here’s my Friday 56:
It was a purely instinctual reaction.  He lunged for the steering wheel and yanked it toward him.  The last thing he remembered before the world went black was his hand, pale and hairless beside his father’s on the polished perfection of the wooden steering wheel.

Friday 56: Week 43 Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Ravished by a Highlander 


Here’s mine from   Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn.  It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a light, highlander romance – fun reading!
The blurb:

Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady.  For her own protection she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret.  Until a shocking betrayal — and a bold rescue — land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.


As the firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor has no loyalty to the English throne, but he’s not the kind of man to leave a woman in distress.  He vows to deliver Davina to safety, unharmed and untouched.  Yet one stolen kiss leaves them both smoldering with desire. . .  and desperate for more.  With Davina’s secret threatening to destroy his clan, Rob must choose between everything he holds dear and the one woman he can’t live without.

Here’s my Friday 56:
She needed to eat something besides berries, but there was no time to hunt.  He prayed they were not being followed.  “If we ride hard,” he told them all, stepping out from behind the tree, “we can reach Ayrshire in a few hours.”

Friday 56: Week 43 Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Ravished by a Highlander 


Here’s mine from   Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn.  It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a light, highlander romance – fun reading!
The blurb:

Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady.  For her own protection she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret.  Until a shocking betrayal — and a bold rescue — land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.


As the firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor has no loyalty to the English throne, but he’s not the kind of man to leave a woman in distress.  He vows to deliver Davina to safety, unharmed and untouched.  Yet one stolen kiss leaves them both smoldering with desire. . .  and desperate for more.  With Davina’s secret threatening to destroy his clan, Rob must choose between everything he holds dear and the one woman he can’t live without.

Here’s my Friday 56:
She needed to eat something besides berries, but there was no time to hunt.  He prayed they were not being followed.  “If we ride hard,” he told them all, stepping out from behind the tree, “we can reach Ayrshire in a few hours.”

Friday 56: Week 42 – My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Here’s mine from My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a bit reminiscent of Twilight but I find the characters to be more interesting.
The blurb:
The story of a love that lasts more than a lifetime.
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophie have been drawn together — and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory,” the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophie have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally apart. A love always too short.
But just as Sophia (reborn as “Lucy”) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always wrenched them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must recognize what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
Here’s my Friday 56:
And as you look longer, if you let yourself see, the subtleties will clamor to show themselves. Doubts, compromises, and disappointments little and big — those usually reside around the eyes, but there are no rules. The hope usually lurk around the mouth, but so does bitterness and tenacity. A sense of humor is easy to spot around the eyebrows, and so is self-deception. Add to your observation the set of the head on the neck, the carriage of the shoulders, the posture of the back, and you know a lot more.

Friday 56: Week 42 – My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares







Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Here’s mine from My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s a book that I’ve just started. It’s a bit reminiscent of Twilight but I find the characters to be more interesting.
The blurb:
The story of a love that lasts more than a lifetime.
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophie have been drawn together — and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory,” the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophie have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally apart. A love always too short.
But just as Sophia (reborn as “Lucy”) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always wrenched them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must recognize what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
Here’s my Friday 56:
And as you look longer, if you let yourself see, the subtleties will clamor to show themselves. Doubts, compromises, and disappointments little and big — those usually reside around the eyes, but there are no rules. The hope usually lurk around the mouth, but so does bitterness and tenacity. A sense of humor is easy to spot around the eyebrows, and so is self-deception. Add to your observation the set of the head on the neck, the carriage of the shoulders, the posture of the back, and you know a lot more.

Friday 56: Week 41






Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


Here’s mine from Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King’s Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love by Margaret Campbell Barnes. Richard II is fourteen years old and his country is facing its first peasant uprising – and the young king rises to the challenge.

Richard heard it too, together with a lot of other wild suggestions. “Don’t worry, my dear,” he said soothingly. “Walworth won’t let them get into London. He’ll raise the movable bit of the bridge first.”