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 a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a book I just borrowed from the library:  The Making of Us, by Lisa Jewell, is a novel about three strangers who are brought together by the father they never knew.



Beginning:  (1979 – Glenys)

Glenys Pike was thirty-five years old.  She had long dark hair and a neck like a swan.  Her husband was called Trevor and was five years younger. The idea was that he would keep her feeling young.  The truth was that the fact that he had not yet reached his thirtieth birthday made her feel about as old as her grandmother.  Trevor meanwhile still had all the swagger and sway of a young man, his hair a fat plume of mahogany, his stomach as smooth and hard as set cement.


Friday 56:  (Last Summer)


Robyn Inglis celebrated her eighteenth birthday with a Voltz energy shot and the morning-after pill.

The night before she’d still been seventeen, but she wasn’t having her birthday party on a Sunday night, no way.


Synopsis:  Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don’t know one another. Yet. Each is facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is eighteen. Gorgeous, popular, and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident of her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she’s failing her classes. Now she’s falling in love for the first time.

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret—one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean.


I am eager to dive into this book. What do you think?



    1. Thanks for visiting, Laura, and my second husband was seven years younger than I, but the age difference is not why we didn’t last…and it lasted longer than my previous marriage, to an older man. LOL.

      I’ve decided that I’m not cut out for marriage…too independent. LOL.

      I’m eager to see what happens in this book, too.


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