The Friday 56: The Steep & Thorny Way

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“On the bedside table a candle flickered. Beeswax wept down the yellowish sides and pooled onto the pewter rim of the candlestick, and the air smelled of fire and honey. I reached out and touched the hot puddle, just to experience a sensation aside from the sting of distrust.”

This week I’m spotlighting Cat Winter’s The Steep & Thorny Way, a historical novel about a girl trying to find the truth behind her father’s death, while also dealing with the racial prejudices of 1920s Oregon. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this author, I highly recommend her. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

      “1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.
      The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

**Side Note: August sign-ups for the Comment Challenge are now open. I’m co-hosting this challenge with Lonna @ FLYLēF. For this challenge, we’re pairing you with another blogger and all month long you will be commenting on the each other’s blogs. If you’re interested, you can find all the info here.**

24 thoughts on “The Friday 56: The Steep & Thorny Way

  1. I’ve never dared to touch hot candle wax, at least, not intentional. This quote is so vivid. Excellent pick as always, Alicia.

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