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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I enjoy sharing excerpts from books…and connecting 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 better way to spend a Friday!

My book today has been on Pippa, my Kindle, for a while now.  The House of Memories, by Monica McInerney, tells the story of a woman running from her grief, who finds something unexpected.






Beginning:  The first time I met my uncle Lucas I tried to steal something from him.  It’s ironic, really, considering what he would ask me to do twenty-six years later.

I was seven, on a visit to London with my mother and my father, Lucas’s younger brother.

(Now my interest is piqued:  what about yours?)


56:  We did move in with him and his father.  Our parents did get married.  I did have that room as my bedroom.  I did go to the same school as Charlie.  For the next year—it’s funny to say it so confidently and firmly, but it’s true—I was also very happy.


Blurb:  Months after a tragic accident, Ella O’Hanlon flees to London in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoiled half-sister. Taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, Ella discovers that his extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her…and his group of transitory boarders provides a refreshing and welcome emotional tonic. But as Ella settles into a comfortable new role as unofficial cook and housemother, Jess secretly comes to London to pursue her own dreams, precipitating an unexpected family reunion and an exploration of the heart—one famished for love, for healing, and for forgiveness.


I have enjoyed another book by this author, so I am eager to delve further into this one.  I previously read and loved Hello from the Gillespies.


What are you sharing today?  Come on by and let’s chat.



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