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 from an author I enjoy:  The Next Wife, by Kaira Rouda.




Despite popular notions to the contrary, it isn’t easy being the next wife.

I mean, sure, I have the benefit of his success without struggling through the “early days,” whatever that means.


Friday 56:

By the time I walked into the condo, it was like nothing had happened between us.  As if we’d never fought.


Synopsis: Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won.

She’s wrong.

Tish Nelson has it all. Youth, influence, a life of luxury, and a new husband. But the truth is, there’s a lot of baggage. Namely, his first wife—and suspicions of his infidelity. After all, that’s how she got John. Maybe it’s time for a romantic getaway, far from his vindictive ex. If Kate plans on getting John back, Tish is one step ahead of her.

She thinks.

But what happens next is something neither Kate nor Tish saw coming. As best-laid plans come undone, there’s no telling what a woman will do in the name of love—and revenge.


Would you keep reading?  I have enjoyed this author’s previous books.




  1. This one sounds really dark and intriguing and I always enjoy stories about familial relationships!

    A new author to me, but I think that despite a few mixed reviews, I shall be adding this one to my list.

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful weekend 🙂

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  2. It never ceases to amaze me that women will have affairs with married men, then marry those men and be surprised when the man cheats on her. I’m guessing that’s what happens in this book.

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