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 another new book:  The Wife Upstairs, by Rachel Hawkins.


Book Beginning:  (Jane)

February:  It is the absolute shittiest day for a walk.

Rain has been pouring down all morning, making my drive from Center Point out here to Mountain Brook a nightmare, soaking the hem of my jeans as I get out of the car in the Reeds’ driveway, making my sneakers squelch on the marble floors of the foyer.


Friday 56:  I still don’t understand what his plan is, or why he’s keeping me here, why I’m not at the bottom of the lake with Blanche.  But there has to be a reason, and I’m going to figure it out.


A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?


What do you think?  I have been eagerly awaiting this book.



  1. This one has a really interesting cover! I like it. That beginning just cracks me up, but it’s so very true! Even around here, where winter tends to be “mild,” February is just 28 days of suckiness. xD Oooh, that 56 snippet catches my attention, too. Why’s it gotta be poor Blanche? What’d she do to deserve to be sleeping with the fishes?! Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my Friday post.

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  2. This one is a definite ‘keeper’ for me, as those extracts and the premise well and truly drew me in!

    My SIL and her husband are dog walkers and run a ‘doggie hotel’, so those first lines almost exactly mirror her tales of woe when we call them, during the winter months in particular!

    I hasten to add that she is nothing like Jane, when it comes to helping herself to small items from her clients!

    Enjoy the book and Stay Safe 🙂

    Yvonne Xx

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  3. Literary Feline

    That Friday 56 sure is attention grabbing! I really want to read this one. I love the Jane Eyre vibe it has. I hope you have a great weekend, Laurel-Rain! Happy readind!


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