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 one of my new books:  The Photographer, by Mary Dixie Carter.



Book Beginning: 

I caught a glimpse of Amelia Straub through the front entry glass.  Then the door swung open, and I stepped inside.

“Delta, darling!”  Her large brown eyes landed on me with commitment.  “I’m so grateful you made it here in this—she gestured dramatically in the direction of the storm outside—“this tempest.”


Friday 56:

As I was waiting for my car, Amelia’s name came up on my phone.  I felt a rush of exhilaration until I read the entire text.  She explained that they were leaving town for two weeks.




As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.


But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn’t behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family’s gorgeous home and elegant life.


That’s when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; finding chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she’s bathing in the master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren’t all she can manipulate.


Would you keep reading?  I know that I am intrigued.



  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Oh my God, I would absolutely keep reading! This is exactly the kind of read I’ve been turning to in order to distract myself from deadlines and give myself a break! Nothing like twisty intrigues in beautiful houses! I hope you have a lovely start to the weekend and do drop by my Friday postif you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

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