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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!

My featured book today is Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White.





Beginning: (UNC Medical Center, North Carolina, March)

If purgatory exists, it comes without sound.  Nothing to deaden thoughts.

Marianne had long believed that to be true, and the handful of compliant crazies in the waiting room proved her right.  No one spoke; no one moved; no one exchanged glances.


56:  What the hell was he doing curled up asleep outside her door?  She backed into the wall and squinted hard.  He was oddly cocoonlike in a sleeping bag.


Synopsis:  Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.

In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.


What do you think?  Do the excerpts and/or the synopsis grab you?  Come on by and let’s chat.



  1. That book beginning is SUPER interesting and attention-grabbing! I’m not sure I’d pick this up just based on the blurb and excerpts, though–I’d have to ponder on it and look up reviews, etc. But I do that with pretty much any book, so… Thank you so so much for sharing!

    Here’s my Friday 56 if you’re interested in checking it out, though no pressure or worries if you’re not! Happy book-ing to you, and happy Friday! Stay rockin’! ❤

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