Friday 56 and #BookBeginnings: Last Train to Omaha

Last Train to Omaha by Ann Whitely-Gillen
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The hot sun beats down on Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, illuminating its stained glass windows and causing beams of light to crisscross above the dark oak benches inside.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
But when she laughed, the earth moved and the skies opened up to pour down all the warmth and love of the world. 

- p. 56


I seem to be having a really good run with literary fiction. I have a feeling in my bones that this is another good one.

I recently had the author of this book, Ann Whitely-Gillen, on my blog for a guest post and I couldn't believe that this book (and the upcoming screenplay!) is her response to escaping her battle with breast cancer. Books are wonderful things, don't you think? Whether you're on the reading or writing side.

Did you join the giveaway for this one? There's still time! Happy Friday everyone!

Synopsis of Last Train to Omaha: After a horrific accident claims the life of his best friend at the age of eighteen, James Milligan is changed forever. For the next seventeen years, he lives as a ghost of his former self: shutting out those who love him most, navigating his life in a veil of solitude and drowning himself in anxiety and guilt. When a chance encounter introduces him to Martin Diggs, an enigmatic war veteran, and palliative care nurse Rebecca Doyle, his life is changed irrevocably. Rebecca reignites emotions he thought he’d lost forever, and Martin challenges him to accept his shattered past and move forward. Told with compassion and wisdom, Last Train to Omaha is the story of a broken man gaining the strength to let go of the crippling blame and doubt that plague him, pick up the pieces of his life and put them back together. 

8 comments

  1. I really enjoyed this book!
    The linky is live in a few hours. I have already added you to the post.

    Happy weekend!

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  2. Oh wow, this sounds really, seriously good! Especially the BB, it just sounds so pretty! I hope you really enjoy it :) Hop on over to My Friday post if you have the time :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  3. Hadn't heard of this author or book. Thanks for highlighting it! Hope you enjoy it.

    Here's my Friday post:

    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/06/friday-focus-book-beginnings-and-friday.html

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  4. Love the sound of this one...and that awesome cover. Great snippets....

    Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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  5. I like the imagery that those lines picture.

    Thank you for the giveaway and btw, my favorite book-to-movie is The Last of the Mohicans.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE this week's #56. Have a wonderful weekend, Aloi!

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  7. Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Come by and see us on Harlie's Books for this week's Friday 56 and Book Beginnings!

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