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 an Amazon Prime Kindle book recently downloaded:   We Were Mothers, by Katie Sise, a brilliant, twisty novel about a missing woman, an unfaithful husband, and the dark secrets that will destroy two perfect families.


Beginning:  (Part I – The Day Mira Madsen Disappeared)

(Cora) 3:39 p.m.

Swooning over a man who wasn’t her husband made Cora feel terribly guilty, but how could anyone not swoon over Jeremy?  His lashes were thick and dark, his tanned skin glowed, and his built frame towered just the right number of inches over six feet.  It made things hard.  Not hard like fighting in a war or raising toddlers, more like a deep ache in Cora’s belly that never let up, no matter how many times she’d stood next to Jeremy at summer barbecues she hosted like this one, praying he wouldn’t see the beads of sweat trailing between her legs.


Friday 56:  Cora’s friends with children were standing just outside the sandbox and talking over each other.  Jade had noticed that moms of young children often interrupted each other, and so many had verbal diarrhea, which was a shame, because what they had to say wasn’t really that interesting.  And no offense to them, because Jade thought they were actually very good mothers.  Doting, careful, involved…


Synopsis:  A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town where the houses are immaculate and the neighborhoods are tightly knit. Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours later, Laurel makes a shattering discovery of her own: her daughter has vanished without a trace. Over the course of one weekend, the crises of two close families are about to trigger a chain reaction that will expose a far more disturbing web of secrets. Now everything is at stake as they’re forced to confront the lies they have told in order to survive.


What do you think?  Do you want to keep reading?



  1. How many of us haven’t told a little white lie or two, in order to survive, or to avoid those difficult questions and encounters, that we can’t face up to?

    It sounds as though these neighbourly ‘lies’ are going to cause more than a few ripples in the pond!

    Probably not one I would go out and buy for myself, but those two extracts are definitely intriguing enough to make me carry on, if I came across the book lying around, and I was between reads.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend 🙂


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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, and I agree. I tend to take risks in moving away from favorites when I borrow a book from the library or download a freebie.

      I also realize that I often end up not liking these detours. Hopefully this book is not one of those.

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  2. Well, you can’t go wrong with free. If you don’t like it, you don’t have much invested.

    Domestic fiction/suspense can be a bit claustrophobic, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised, too. Hope you do enjoy it.

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  3. Literary Feline

    I admit I am on the fence about this one, but I am curious. I am anxious to know what you think of this one. I may decide to read it still! Have a great weekend, Laurel-Rain!

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