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 book I downloaded in June:  The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand, a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love…if they don’t kill us first.



Book Beginning:  (Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:53 a.m.)

The Chief:  A phone call before six on a Saturday morning is never a good thing, although it’s not unheard of on a holiday weekend.  Too many times to count, Chief Ed Kapenash of the Nantucket Police Department has seen the Fourth of July go sideways.  The most common accident is a person blowing off a finger while lighting fireworks.   Sometimes things are more serious.


Friday 56:  (Nantucket)

At the hospital, the Greek is greeted by a trio of nurses—Margaret, Suzanne, and Patty.  Nick has been on dates with both Suzanne and Patty—nothing serious, just fun.  He smiles at all three and says, “Where am I going and what do I need to know?” (56%).


Synopsis:  It’s Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer—the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate.

But it’s going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom’s famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield-and no couple is perfect.


What grabs you?  The synopsis, the promise of a beautiful setting, or an unexpected murder?



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