Welcome to a potpourri of fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; 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, (Friday the 13th!), I’m excerpting from one of next week’s review books:  Come Home, by Lisa Scottoline.

Amazon Description:

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—though it is stressful—and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.

But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits to love of family? 


Beginning:  Jill stopped on the stairway, listening.  She thought she heard a voice calling her from outside, but she’d been wrong before.  It was probably the rushing of the rain, or the lash of the wind through the trees.  Still, she listening, hoping.

Now I’m curious…what or who is she waiting for?  What led up to these moments?


p. 56:  “You’re so wacky, Mom.

“I know, I get it from you.


What are the rest of you excerpting today?  I hope you’ll come on by and share….



  1. I’ve read some of Lisa Scottoline books, all with lawyer heroines. Is the heroine in this book also a lawyer? Or is it a break from her usual theme?

    Sorry for the delay this morning. I pre-scheduduled several Book Beginnings posts and then forgot to change them! Done now. So they are all going to work just fine going forward.


  2. I’ve never read anything by Lisa Scottoline before, but this one looks really good! Another book/author to add to the ever-growing tbr list!

    This is the first time I’m participating in this meme – it looks like it’s a fun one to do!

    Have a great weekend!


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