Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a recent download:  Now That You Mention It (e-book), by Kristan Higgins, a witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family…



Beginning:  The first thought I had after I died was:  How will my dog cope with this?

The second thought:  I hope we can still go with open casket.

Third thought:  I have nothing to wear to my funeral.

Fourth:  I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.

Fifth:  Did Bobby just break up with me?


Friday 56%:  At home, when my heart turned on me in a panic attack, fluttering like that damn hummingbird, and I couldn’t breathe or remember where I was, Boomer would sense it and nudge my hand with his velvety snout, whining his love and concern.  When Bobby worked nights, the dog stayed glued to me, and the truth was, he made me feel safer than Bobby.


Synopsis:  One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.


What do you think?  Do the snippets grab you?  Would you keep reading?



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