Welcome to some serendipitous fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we 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!

A Tale of Two Sisters, by Anna Maxted, has now graduated from my TBR piles to my Up Next Stack.

About:  The bestselling author of Getting Over It and Running in Heels, a writer who “excels at creating winning characters and placing them in artfully crafted muddles” (Florida Sun-Sentinel) has created an unforgettable story of siblings in the best of times and the worst of times in London.Lizbet and Cassie are sisters and, though they’ve always wanted different things, best friends as well. But that’s about to change.Cassie is skinny, clever, charismatic, successful—every not-so-perfect girl’s worst nightmare. The one defect in her quality-controlled life may be her marriage.

Lizbet is plumper, plainer, dreamier. She’s desperate to make her name as a journalist, but is stuck writing embarrassing articles on sex for a men’s magazine. Her one achievement is her relationship with Tim, who thinks she’s amusing and smart—even when she asks ditzy questions.

Confronted by challenges that they never asked for, enticed by new loves, and forced apart by mistakes not their own, will Cassie and Lizbet ever figure out how to get back to the simple goodness of their sisterhood, even as their lives take them on a collision course of heartache and new beginnings?


Beginning:  When my sister left her jungle villa after two weeks at the Datai, on the tropical island of Langkawi, she wrote a little note for the manager.

Dear Sir,

      Nearly everything was perfect.  However, I think one of the monkeys has a cough.


                                                                                 Ms. Cassandra Montgomery


56:  “I’m not going to say a word,” I said.  “I want it to stay a secret.”


The beginning made me laugh a little…and as for the excerpt on p. 56, I am always up for secrets.

What are you sharing today?  Come on by…..


  1. I will definitely have to find some time to read this one! I read Getting Over It and Running in Heels about 10 years ago and I loved them both. Her protagonists are so funny and endearing and always make the most acute observations about human nature exposing all of our little quirks and habits–I think. Enjoy!


  2. While this is not my style of book, I do like the beginning and the 56. I hope the book is all you wish it to be. I do know about things finally getting to the top of my TBR mountain though. That seems to be how I’m picking all my books lately. Happy reading!


  3. Hi Laurel Rain,

    I have, of course, heard of Anna Maxsted before, but I have to confess to not having actually read either of the two previous books which you mention. This book does however beg to be included on my reading list, so I am sure to get to it at some point in the future. Although the note in the opening lines sounds as though it comes from an organised person, it just doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that Cassie would say, whereas your second line about keeping a secret, does sound like a coment she would make. Very intriguing and a great share, thanks. Yvonne


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