Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect 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 feature is from an author that is new to me, and it is also an ARC from NetGalley.  Publication Date:  March 8, 2016.

Multiple Listings, by Tracy McMillan, speaks poignantly—and often hilariously—about the ties that bind families of all types together.





Beginning: (Prologue – Down Payment – Nicki)

My doorbell just went off.  It’s the worst possible moment—I’m in the middle of putting the food on the table for a family dinner, which never happens.  Between my very busy day job, the restaurant my boyfriend and I are in the process of opening, and my teenage son, we almost never eat a meal together, so the fact that I managed to pull this off is a big deal.


56:  But I know the deal:  to engage with Jake will only open the door to him again.  Arguing with Jake is like eating potato chips—the moment you eat that first one, there is no possible way to stop. (56%).


Blurb:  What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit…indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki’s dad unexpectedly wants to move in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.

Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She’s finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.

Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once—there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he’s eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven’t spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?


What do you think?  Would you keep reading this one?



  1. This sounds like a really interesting read, both about father-daughter relationships but also just about family interactions! I like the style of the writing and I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great next week!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  2. Wow, I’d hate to have that guy just show up on my doorstep like that. That must cause all kinds of trouble. I really like the 56, there are some people that are just easy to argue with indefinately. Thanks for visiting my riday BB & 56! Happy reading!


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