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!

Today I’m featuring my current read, Those We Love Most, by Lee Woodruff (an ARC from Amazon Vine).


(Synopsis): A bright June day. A split-second distraction. A family forever changed.

Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.

Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends than face the flaws in his marriage.

Meanwhile, Maura’s parents are dealing with the fault lines in their own marriage. Charismatic Roger, who at sixty-five, is still chasing the next business deal and Margaret, a pragmatic and proud homemaker, have been married for four decades, seemingly happily. But the truth is more complicated. Like Maura, Roger has secrets of his own and when his deceptions and weaknesses are exposed, Margaret’s love and loyalty face the ultimate test.


Beginning:  It was only the front edge of summer and the yard already looked overgrown, as if the squalls of May and early June had held a kind of magical elixir, a formula that put all the plants on steroids.  Standing on the perimeter of the flagstone patio with her coffee, Margaret studied the impatiens with their fat, red heads, nodding downward, and the fecund look of the peonies as they passed their peak, rotting from fuchsia and ballet slipper pink to a brown mush.


Egads!  I suspect this opener is a kind of metaphor for what lies ahead….


P. 56:  “We don’t need to dwell on anything bad.  Ever,” Julia had purred.  “Tonight is a celebration of us.  So we need to get busy.”  Her laugh tinkled.


So what are the rest of you sharing today?  I hope you’ll come on by and leave some comments and links.



  1. hi Laurel! this book sounds like a good one. the opening lines are like a premonition. it didn’t seem to take long for the overgrown yard and rotting flowers to invade and mirror the house’s residents’ lives.
    thanks for the snippets!


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