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 NetGalley ARC that will be released on April 5, 2022: The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth.


Book Beginning:


I always cry at weddings.  Nothing original there, I know—except, perhaps, the reason.  Most people cry for joy apparently, or because they’ve been catapulted back to their own wedding day and are overwhelmed by the emotion of it all.  I cry because I am sad.


Friday 56:

He blinked slowly.  Suddenly her fear of him hurting her seemed ridiculous.  In fact, seeing Stephen now, it felt laughable that she’d even had that fear in the first place. (56%).



Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he’s still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he’ll take care of that easily, by divorcing her–even if his adult daughters protest.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she’s a golddigger and after their father’s money. Heather has secrets that she’s keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen.

With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses…in all of them?


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Ooh love the sound of this, and you’ve picked great quotes! I’m kind of getting ‘Jane Eyre’ vibes from the book, but with daughters able to advocate for their mother! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this one! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  2. Literary Feline

    Intriguing! So many secrets to uncover! I hope you enjoy this one when you read it. I was really drawn in by the excerpts you shared.

    Unrelated, but the opening quote reminded me of my dad’s tradition of giving sympathy cards to couples on their wedding day as a joke. I think my brother picked up the tradition after my dad died.

    Have a great weekend!

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