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Welcome to some bookish 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!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

Wow, what a week this has been!  If you are visiting here right now, you might recognize my “old” blog is in a new space.  I completed the move earlier this week.

I hope that you will come often, and follow me here if you were a previous follower…or even if you just like the look of my space.

Today my featured book is another ARC, and this one is not my usual genre, but I’m looking forward to it.

Walking on Trampolines, by Frances Whiting, is praised as “a tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret); this coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Frances Whiting is equal parts heartwarming, accessible, and thought provoking.





Beginning: (Prologue)

His skin.

My fingers could trace the path it has traveled.

Comma-shaped scar on left knee—bike crash, “Red Demon” dragster, 1974; stitches above right eyebrow—surfboard fin chop, Cabarita, 1982; faint outline of navy blue, homemade tattoo on left wrist—high school, my name.


56:  Later, when the stars came out, the DJ would say:  “All right, young lovers, don’t be shy—choose your partner for the couples’ session,” and Josh and I would skate out together.


Amazon Description:  “Tallulah de Longland,” she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgment. “That,” she announced, “is a serious glamorgeous name.”

From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland is bewitched: by Annabelle, by her family, and by their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river.

Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small coastal town of Juniper Bay. But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood.

Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgivable…

It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.


What do you think?  Do these excerpts tease you?  Make you want to read more?  I hope you will share your thoughts and links.



  1. You are very busy moving your blogs around. Nice look. Not sure if the quotes entice me enough to pick up the book but sometimes the quotes don’t really capture the essence of the books.


    1. Thanks, Catherine, I am glad to finally have the blog over here, even though I didn’t move all of my posts from five years back. Too much, even for me…LOL.

      Glad you enjoyed the excerpts…I hope to like the book.


  2. I like the book’s title and opening, as well as your Fri56 sentences. It’s always interesting to read about friendships — how they develop and sometimes how they end. This sounds like a good story.
    I like the look of your blog, but what a chore it must have been to move. Thank you for visiting my blog today.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra (and for following!), and yes it was a chore, although I didn’t move everything over. But changing all the links to reviews on the former site WAS a big chore.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpts…I think the story sounds promising.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth…and I am sure there was a better way to move the blog, but I was too afraid to “import” things. Just copied and pasted posts from the last year.

      I hope to enjoy the book, but I’m not totally sure about it, either! LOL


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