#BookBeginnings Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Today we’re getting ready to start the next novel in The Bestseller Code Challenge ListMaine by J. Courtney Sullivan, for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!


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Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

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Summary:  Four Kelleher women gather their families at their summer beach house in Maine, each bringing their own secrets and issues.

Genre:  Domestic fiction

First Sentence:

Alice decided to take a break from packing. She lit a cigarette, leaning back in one of the wicker chairs that were always slightly damp from the sea breeze.


Already I wonder why she’s packing up the summer home before anyone else arrives.

Although this looks like a summertime beach read, it also might be a great way to escape from the February blah weather.

What do you think? Have you read Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan? Would you like to read it?

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The next book is number 46. Room by Emma Donoghue (2010) – Discussion begins March 11, 2019
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    • Roberta

      Ooh, I love books set in France. I will be right over to visit.

  1. sherry fundin

    Oh yeah, the beach. Looks like one for the summer season.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    I read MAINE a few years ago and the story has completely faded. I can’t draw up one single plot line of the book. Hope you find it more memorable than I do. My quotes

    • Roberta

      We have read a few from this challenge that have been like that. Enjoyable enough, but nothing to stay with us.

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    My aunt is reading Maine right now–and enjoying it.

    • Roberta

      What a coincidence. Good to hear.

  4. Nicki J. Markus

    Hope you’re enjoying it. Happy weekend!

  5. Ashley S.

    This does seem like the perfect book to escape winter weather. Hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. Yvonne

    This sounds really good.

  7. Literary Feline

    I like the opening you shared. A beach setting sounds like a good way to read as winter comes to an end (we hope it’s ending, anyway). And secrets! I enjoy a good novel about family secrets. I hope you enjoy this one.

  8. Karen

    One-third through the book and nary a scene actually at the beach. LOL

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