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 purchased in January 2021: Forgive Me, by Susan Lewis.


Book Beginning:


You know how it goes, some people you like and some you just don’t.  I can tell you this much, you’re not going to like me. No one does.  I don’t even like myself, especially not after what I did.  Not even before it, really.


Friday 56:

Disappointingly she was bumped through to voicemail, so she left a message.  “Hi, my name’s Andee Lawrence.  Leanne Delaney gave me your number.  I was hoping to talk to you about some drapes that I need made in a hurry….”



In prison, Archie Colbrook spends his time writing letters. Letters addressed to a person against whom he committed terrible, nameless harm. Archie knows he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Yes, he didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and sure, he was only following orders. But does that matter? He still did it.

In a small coastal town of Northern England, Claudia Winters hopes to feel safe for the first time in years after fleeing from her abusive husband with her mother and daughter. Their new life is supposed to be a fresh start. But Claudia knows the past won’t stay hidden for long—and she can’t help but feel that someone is watching her. And that something terrible is about to happen.

Linked by one irrevocable act of violence, Archie and Claudia’s lives intertwine. Claudia can’t overlook what Archie did to her family—but is forgiveness the only way to truly move on?


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?


18 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “FORGIVE ME”

  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Well that’s intriguing! On the one hand I’m a big believer that forgiveness is never owed, on the other hand I do know from personal experience that it can be healthier to forgive, but not to forget… so I’m definitely very curious as to where this book is going. I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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