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 book I am reading and loving:  Six Weeks to Live, by Catherine McKenzie.



Book Beginning: 

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this, Jennifer, but you have a primary glioblastoma in your brain.  That’s—“

“Brain cancer,” I whisper, the words a rasp in my throat.


Friday 56:

I spend most of the week after my diagnosis in mourning.

I mourn for the loss of my own life, and everything I’ll be missing from now until when I should have died.  Forty years from now, or longer if my grandmother’s any guide.



Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live.

While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good.

Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous.

But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.


Would you keep reading?  I can’t put it down!



  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    This sounds like an amazing book! High stakes from the very start and so many possible suspects, although the ex-husband would also be my number one! I hope you continue to enjoy this one, I’m going to search it out right now! I hope you have a lovely start to the weekend and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. Thanks, Juli, I have read every book by this author so far, and she never disappoints me. When I saw the title, I wondered what could possibly happen in a book with this premise…but I’m finding that so much is happening!

      I should be finished with it today.


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