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 relatively new download that I’ve been eagerly awaiting.  Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon,  is a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.



Book Beginnings:  (4:48 p.m.)

“How did you fall, Flo?” they’ll ask when they find me.  “Did you feel dizzy?  Were you wearing your glasses?  Did you trip?”

They’ll work as they talk.  Putting a cuff around my arm and fastening a plastic clip on my finger, and unwrapping all the leads from one of their machines.  Someone will shine a light in my eyes, and someone else will rummage through all my tablets and put them in one of their carrier bags.


Friday 56:  (56%)

As it happened, I remembered nothing until we climbed out of Pickering and onto the moors, where the heather rolled out before us, a thick purple blanket across the landscape.  The moor is like no other place.


Synopsis:  There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?




  1. I love the unusual perspective in the opening lines – she’s fallen, but she is telling you what the paramedics (I presume) are going to do –
    so this has happened before. And is it certain that they’ll arrive this time? So many questions… enjoy.

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  2. I have to admit that this probably isn’t a book I would choose for myself, although the book’s opening lines certainly draw me in and set the scene well.

    The many Goodreads ratings and reviews are all amazing and full of unanimous approval, so you will be in good company if you enjoy the read.

    There is also an alternative cover option illustrated and I really couldn’t make up my mind which one I preferred.

    Happy Reading 🙂


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