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!

Today’s featured book is part of a series about reporter Jane Ryland:  Truth Be Told, by Hank Phillippi Ryan.






Beginning:  “I know it’s legal.  But it’s terrible.”  Jane Ryland winced as the Sandovals’ wooden bed frame hit the tall grass in the overgrown front yard and shattered into three jagged pieces.  “The cops throwing someone’s stuff out the window.  Might as well be Dickens, you know?  Eviction?  There’s got to be a better way.”


56:  And then, on the lacquered park bench, he’d draped his arm across her shoulders.  She felt the starched oxford cloth of his shirt against her bare arm.


Blurb:  Truth Be Told, part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series by Agatha, Anthony, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this heartbreaking story–and on other foreclosures– reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank.

Boston police detective Jake Brogan has a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake’s colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure. But he has personal reasons for hoping they’ve finally solved the cold case.
Financial manipulation, the terror of foreclosures, the power of numbers, the primal need for home and family and love. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?
What do you think?  Have you read any books in this series?  What are you sharing today?


  1. This sounds interesting and I love the idea of multiple authors writing together, it must make a story so much more complex! And the descriptions in the F56 are really nice! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  2. Would like to read it. The word “foreclosure” makes my skin crawl. Use to hear that word often years ago. Don’t hear it often now. Maybe the word “foreclosure” is replaced by “homelessness?”



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