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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today I’m spotlighting an ARC from the Amazon Vine program.  Family Pictures, by Jane Green, promises to be my favorite kind of read.


Intro:  Sylvie

Back then, when life seemed so simple, before she knew what life was capable of throwing at her, Sylvie was a natural worrier.  Anxiety followed her around like a small dank cloud, convincing her that something terrible was just about to happen.  As a child, she worried about her mother’s rages, which didn’t stop them coming.  As a young woman, she worried about making enough money as a textile designer, which meant she had to supplement her career by painting houses.  As a young mother, she worried Eve would roll onto her front and never wake up, and when Jonathan was late home from work, she worried something had happened to him.

Whew!  I’m exhausted from all this worry…but what do you think?


Teaser:  Sylvie gets out of bed and walks naked to the bathroom, wiggling her bottom deliberately, still grinning over her shoulder at him as she walks, blowing  him a kiss as she closes the bathroom door. (p. 33)

I think she stopped worrying for a few minutes!  lol


Amazon Description: New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed.

From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes Family Pictures, the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined.  Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school.  They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like.  They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected.  But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.  As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?
What intriguing books are capturing your interest today?  Now I’m off to see what you’re showing.


  1. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    As your great teaser lines come from early on in the book, I am either assuming that Sylvie hasn’t quite got to the worrying stage yet, or she has been temporarily distracted!!!

    I can quite relate to the synopsis for this story, as I am a born worrier, to the point where I get accused of worrying when I don’t have anything to worry about!!

    Too old and long in the tooth to change now though!!

    I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, Yvonne


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