Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  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 relatively new download:  Home Truths, by Tina Seskis.


Beginning:  (Part One – The Beginning – The Early Nineties)


As soon as she walked through the door, Alex noticed her.  Nicely dressed blonde girls rarely made an appearance at the front desk of Finsbury Park police station in 1992.  Normally it was a place frequented by errant drivers, begrudgingly bringing in their documents as requested by an overzealous traffic cop; or victims of muggings; or people who’d had their car stolen; or else known criminals being booked in for the umpteenth time, the looks on their faces ones of insouciant arrogance, fully aware they’d most likely get away with it.


Friday 56:  (Paul)

Once Daisy was sated Paul stood up straight and said, as casually as he could, ‘Well, bye then, pet,’ and then he walked out of the door, feeling as if Christie couldn’t wait for him to go—and surely worse, that he couldn’t wait to leave either. (p. 56).


Synopsis:  American nanny Eleanor was never meant to meet Alex. But when she walks into his London police station to report a stalker, everything changes for them both. He’s convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. She hopes her darkest days are behind her.

As they settle into their life together, two hundred miles away another young couple faces an uncertain future. Christie knows Paul is a decent man, but she can’t shake a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ When a work trip tests their bond, will she overcome her fears for the sake of her family?

Ten years later, both couples are still together, for better or worse. But as doubts and resentments begin bubbling steadily to the surface, all four of them start to question the choices they’ve made.

At least the secrets they all brought into their marriages are still well hidden.



What do you think?  I’m definitely intrigued.



  1. Don’t think I’ve seen a parallel plot structure like that before with two couples. Are there dual protagonists? Does everyone get an equal voice? I assume the author follows one couple more tightly? Intriguing…

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