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 56D 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 new book:  The Cousins, by Karen M. McManus.


Book Beginning:  (Milly)

I’m late for dinner again, but this time it’s not my fault.  There’s a mansplainer in my way.


Friday 56:  “Hello, Allison.”  Her mother’s lawyer, Donald Camden, put a hand out to steady her.  “Where are you running off to?”


Synopsis:  Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.


Would you keep reading?



  1. Hi Lorraine,

    I would definitely keep on reading, and the ratings and reviews so far have been amazing, so what’s not to like!

    This seems like a completely different style of storyline by the author, and I’m not sure that I would enjoy all of her other books in the same way, but this one is certainly heading for my list.

    Thanks for sharing and Stay Safe 🙂

    Yvonne Xx

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