Thursday, April 22, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Mother May I, Joshilyn Jackson's latest tale of domestic suspense. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


Mother May I

Beginning:  I woke up to see a witch peering in my bedroom window.


Page 56: I was VP of the drama club; she knew this would work. She'd given me her own name, Elizabeth, and she was the boldest girl I knew.


My thoughts:  When I read the opening sentence, I immediately wonder if there is really a witch, or is this part of a dream? I'm also curious about the book titledoes it relates to the childhood game of the same name? On both counts, I'm intrigued enough to read on. 


From GoodReads:  Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.

To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?


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  1. It sounds tempting. Happy reading and happy Friday!

  2. I have seen Mother May I around and it does seem very good! Can't wait for you to tell us more about it.

    Have a good weekend and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

  3. I am hoping to read this one soon, and I also LOVE those opening lines. I want to know more.

    Here's mine: “HER THREE LIVES”

  4. I really would like to read this one! Happy weekend!

  5. The opening line does raise a lot of questions and make you want to keep reading. May I say a perfect choice for Mothers Day?

  6. I'm curious about this one. I've enjoyed reading books by this author in the past.

  7. I need to get myself a copy of this book ASAP! I keep seeing it around and I would love for there to be a real witch in the opening of this book! Thanks for dropping by my post and I hope you had a lovely weekend :)