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 the newest release from one of the authors I enjoy.  Allison Winn Scotch’s In Twenty Years tells a story of splintered friendships and a reunion that could heal the wounds.





Beginning:  (Prologue – 1998 – Late May- Bea)

Admittedly, it was an overly nostalgic idea.  But, so what?  If there were ever a time for nostalgia, it was tonight, our last night together at Penn, our last night under the same roof, our last night as a six-point star.  Besides, if I didn’t insist on it, none of them would have been willing.  Frankly, and this is the part that somersaulted my stomach, none of them would have even considered it, thought of it in the first place….


56:  (Annie)

Breathe.  This is what that therapist used to tell her, the one her OB-GYN insisted she see when she broke down on the exam table at her six-month postnatal appointment, her legs still aloft in the stirrups, the rest of her quaking so much the thin paper sheet beneath her shredded in two.  Breathe.  In.  Out.  In.  Out.


Synopsis:  Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.


Reunions can be traumatic, with the past rearing its ugly head, forcing it to be confronted and reexamined.  Would you keep reading this one?



  1. This book hit me hard when I saw just the title….
    I have a twenty year friendship that has recently drifted apart. Even after trying to discuss with my friend how I felt, that we seem to be drifting apart, she called me crazy and hasn’t seen me since. It’s tough when there is so much time, history, love and pain involved. I hope we reconnect, but sadly we are not a story with a happy ending, and I just don’t see us drifting back again.
    Yeah, this book might be too much for me at this moment…. Happy weekend!

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    1. Oh, I can relate, Freda. I had a friendship with a woman that began when we were in college, and despite various moves and changes, we maintained it. And then, for no apparent reason, she stopped responding to e-mails, etc., and it was hard to understand. The friendship had lasted 50 years, so it hit hard.

      Maybe this isn’t a book for either of us!

      Thanks for hosting…and for stopping by.


  2. I moved so much growing up and even switched colleges several times before finishing that none of my friendships have really lasted beyond Facebook. Online we’re all still great together — even my old crew from grade school. In person? I’m not so sure we would be. (I’m far more interesting online, I fear.) Sounds like an interesting book, though!

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  3. Maria D.

    To be completely honest – I’m not sure – it would have to really depend on how strongly I like the author – this seems like a book that will either really be excellent or really be horrible – probably full of lots and lots of emotional angst – thanks for visiting my Friday meme on Friday….I’m running a bit late this weekend….lol

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