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!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last participated, so I am eager to share one of my newer books today:  Domestic Secrets, by Rosalind Noonan.





Beginning: (Early May)

The salon was hopping with all the music and conversation and laughter typical of a Saturday afternoon when his text came.  The ambient noise was so loud that Rachel Whalen would have missed the message if she hadn’t seen the screen of her cell light up on the counter as she swept up her station.


56:  One of Tootsie’s well-painted eyebrows lifted at the prospect.  Perhaps she hadn’t considered that her son might find a replacement girl.  (56%).


Blurb:  Rachel Whalen and Ariel Alexander have been friends for more than a decade. Despite their differences–down-to-earth Rachel owns a local hair salon; Ariel is a vivacious former TV star determined to hold on to her looks–they’ve helped each other navigate single motherhood, banding together against the soccer moms of Timbergrove, Oregon.

Yet lately, Rachel wonders about Ariel’s increasingly erratic parenting and her clandestine love life. And Rachel can’t reveal to anyone, even Ariel, how much she worries about her sullen, distant, younger son. When an unthinkable tragedy separates the two families, Rachel desperately tries to understand what went wrong. But as her assumptions are ripped away one by one, she must confront shattering revelations about the people she trusted and the suburban world that once seemed so safe.

Rosalind Noonan explores both the bonds and the gulfs that exist between parents and children, friends and neighbors, in a suspenseful novel that is honest, intelligent, and thought provoking.


I am definitely intrigued by the hint of secrets in any book…and secrets that can shake up friendships always seem so true to life.  What do you think?



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