Welcome to a potpourri of fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages; and as we 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!

Today I’m spotlighting a book from next week’s stack:  What Happened to Hannah, by Mary Kay McComas, is about a young woman who runs away from home and returns twenty years later to bitter memories and devastating secrets.

As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece.

Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend.

But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?


Beginning:  He should have called her three years ago.  Now he had no choice.

Opening the center drawer of the old oak desk in his office, Grady removed a folded piece of yellow notepaper and spread it out flat in front of him.  He rubbed his damp palms on his khaki pants and sighed out loud.

Grady is obviously dreading this phone call.  I think we’re in for some uncomfortable times ahead.


P. 56:  And so the evening began, with Janice Steadman’s friendly chirping now an incessant buzz in Hannah’s shell-shocked ears and the rest of them making furtive eye contact with each other, sending messages back and forth and around the table.

Doesn’t that sound excruciatingly painful?


What did the rest of you find in your books today?  Come on by and share….


  1. OK, now you’ve got me wondering – what happened to Hannah!?! I will have to look out for this book. Thanks for telling us about it. BTW, I have not been here before, but I like the design of your blog!


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