Book Beginnings and The Friday 56

Today I share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader

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and The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

Friday 56

My book beginning this week is from “The Lady and the Unicorn” by Tracy Chevalier.

Here is the beginning:

“The messenger said I was to come at once. That’s how Jean Le Viste is-he expects everyone to do what he says immediately. And I did. I followed the messenger, stopping just briefly to clean my brushes.”

Here is a review from Goodreads:

“Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.”

Friday 56:

” Jeanne clapped her hands. Of the three she most liked our stay each year at the château. She ran wild there with children from the nearby farms, and hardly wore shoes the whole summer.”

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