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 new book I am hoping to enjoy:  Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson.


Book Beginning:

I woke up to see a witch peering in my bedroom window.

She was little more than a dark shape with a predator’s hungry eyes, razor-wire skinny but somehow female, staring in through the partly open drapes.


Friday 56:

Then I went to Google and typed in “Hypnodorm.”  I scanned the entry, reading about dosage and side effects.  Roofies lowered inhibitions, made people suggestible, and stole their memory.



Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected that fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of.

Until the day she awakens and sees someone peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.

To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price. 

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?


Would you keep reading?


28 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “MOTHER MAY I”

  1. I love that opening. It makes me want to read on. I’ve enjoyed Joshilyn Jackson’s writing in the past and have been wanting to try her more thriller-oriented fiction. I hope you enjoy this one! Have a great weekend, Laurel-Rain!

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  2. I have heard this author’s name mentioned so many times by my fellow bloggers, but I have yet to read any of her books for myself.

    I’m not sure that this is the book of hers I shall be beginning with and to be honest your opening lines didn’t really do it for me, although the Friday ’56 grabbed me and pulled me back in.

    I shall check out a few of the reviews before I commit, so thanks for sharing and I hope that all is well with you! 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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  3. I read one of Jackson’s books before and it absolutely drew me in, so this one is definitely getting added to my TBR list! Thanks for dropping by my post and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend 🙂

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