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 excerpts are from The Things We Wish Were True (e-book), by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen.





Beginning:  Memorial Day Weekend, 2014  (Cailey)

Cutter and I were there when they opened the Sycamore Glen pool for the summer.  So I actually saw, with my own eyes, the spider web that was woven across the gate, keeping all the people from just walking right on in like they’d done every year.  Our new neighbors shuffled their feet and sighed real loud as they waited for the lifeguards to figure out what to do.


56:  She glanced over at Bryte, who was obliviously gathering her things.  She wasn’t gone yet.  That was good.  “I was rushing to speak to my friend.”  She pointed in Bryte’s direction.  “I wasn’t watching where I was going.”


Synopsis:  In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?


My kind of read!  I love those long-buried secrets.  What do you think?  Would you keep reading.



  1. Sounds good, but not sure why it was so hard to clue into clearing the cobwebs out, in the beginning snippet… lol… Made me laugh hoping the characters are really not that dumb. Would make for long reading for me. 🙂
    Happy weekend!

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