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 an upcoming book release, a NetGalley ARC:   Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner, will be released on 5/19/20.


Book Beginning:  (1994)

By the second week of September, the outer Cape was practically deserted.  The tourists had packed up and gone home.  The roads were empty; the glorious beaches were abandoned.  It was a shame:  by September, the ocean was finally warm enough for swimming, especially if it had been a hot August, and the paths that wound through the dunes and cranberry bogs and secret blueberry bushes, the ones that were pickup spots for men in summer’s high season, were deserted, and the bushes were full of ripe berries.


Friday 56:  Grandma shook her head.  Her expression was grim.  “I don’t know how she found out.  I wouldn’t put it past that fool to have told her himself.  Miss?”  She raised her voice.  I straightened up and froze when I felt her gaze on me.


Synopsis:  Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.


I can’t wait to read this one.  What do you think?


31 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “BIG SUMMER”

  1. Hi Lorraine,

    Jennifer is of course an author whose name I am familiar with, however I have never read any of her books.

    To be honest, I am not a huge fan of contemporary women’s fiction, although these days I am much more inclined to read outside of my comfort zone than I ever was!

    I really enjoyed the opening lines and if all of Jennifer’s narrative is inclined to be as lovely and descriptive, her books are definitely a possibility for my future reading!

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy and Stay Safe 🙂


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  2. Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

    The opening line really reminded me that I want holidays haha
    The summary sounds intriguing, so I’d like to check it out when it comes out. Until then, I will wait to read your comments on it 🙂

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