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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!

I hope everyone will be celebrating a Happy Fourth of July!  Meanwhile, let’s take a look at a new book I’m spotlighting from Jane Porter: It’s You, a story about finding love and strength, even in the darkest moments.





Beginning:  (Ali)

For over a year following Andrew’s death I showed up and performed and executed perfectly.

I handled that horrible year and the next few months so well that I’d begun to think the worst was behind me.

And then I got the note.


56:  (Ali) I have a text message from Diana Martin, the florist I met on the flight, who has an extra ticket for an event at one of the wineries tonight.  It’s the annual Concert in the Cellar, so there’s music and dinner and some kind of an auction, but I don’t have to go glitzy.


Blurb:  In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.

As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.


What do you think?  Do the excerpts pique your interest?



  1. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me book. Sounds like my kind of read, and I hope you enjoy it, as well as the 4th of July weekend,


  2. This sounds like a really interesting book which brings a lot of different, heavy, themes together! I like the sound of both excerpts but I think I’d have to read a bit more before I knew this one was for me! I hope you enjoy it though! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


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