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BLOGWORDS – Friday 23 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LOOKING GLASS LIES by VARINA DENMAN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LOOKING GLASS LIES by VARINA DENMAN

 

 

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THE BLURB:  

For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.

But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.

The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

I woke up in the middle of the night in our cavernous walk in closet. Again.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Few books have impacted me as deeply and personally as this one. Shame, whether body image or otherwise, cuts deep and leaves scars. I have devoted this whole week to this book and its topic, and tomorrow, I post my answers to Shanty’s BE YOU Challenge.

 

GENRE:

Christian Fiction / Women’s Fiction / Romance

 

STARS:

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Looking Glass Lies, Varina Denman, #4Nina, #ShameonShanty, #BEYOUChallenge

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SOUTH CAROLINA JAMBERRY by BRUCE DEGEN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SOUTH CAROLINA JAMBERRY by BRUCE DEGEN

 

 

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THE BLURB:  

This bestselling classic features a berry-loving boy and an endearing rhyme-spouting bear. The fun wordplay and bright paintings with lots of details for young readers to explore make Jamberry a perennial favorite.

A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza, looking for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Their fun adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky.

From author-illustrator Bruce Degen, Jamberry is perfect for sharing. “With delightful, rich illustrations and zany wordplay, Jamberry is a must have book for any family with young children,” according to Children’s Books Guide.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

I first checked this out from the library for my granddaughter several years ago. She loved it so much she would ask me to read it over and over again, and I bought her a copy. The story is silliness and the illustrations are delightful and fun.

 

GENRE:

Children’s literature and fiction, poetry

 

STARS:

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Jamberry, Bruce Degen

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 9 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SOUTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES by KIM McDERMOTT and MARGIE WILLIS CLARY

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SOUTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES by KIM McDERMOTT and MARGIE WILLIS CLARY

 

 

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THE BLURB:  

Boasting one of the oldest lighthouses in North America and the most working lighthouses today, South Carolina has a long seafaring history. In 1767, the Morris Island Lighthouse was built at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, and before 1860, there were lighthouses in Georgetown, Cape Romain, Bull’s Bay, and Hunting Island. During the Civil War, all lighthouses on the eastern coast were darkened. Many were destroyed. After the war, towers that had been damaged were repaired, and additional lights were erected on Daufuskie and Hilton Head Islands. In 1962, the new Charleston Light on Sullivan’s Island replaced the Morris Island Lighthouse, which was suffering from erosion by the ever-encroaching sea. The new light contained an elevator and two rotating beacons capable of producing 28 million candlepower, a light that can be seen 26 miles out to sea. At that time, it was considered one of the most powerful lights in the Western Hemisphere.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

In 1663, King Charles II granted the territory called Carolina to eight of his supporters.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Ms. McDermott and Ms. Clary are new authors to me, and this book of lighthouses seems fascinating. History (especially South Carolina where I live) always appeals to me. Oh, and i love lighthouses, too.

 

GENRE:

Non fiction

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, South Carolina Lighthouses, Kim McDermott, Margie Willis Clary

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A WRINKLE IN TIME by MADELEINE L’ENGLE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A WRINKLE IN TIME by MADELEINE L’ENGLE

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

This is Book 1 of the Time Quintet Series

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom, Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Can’t even remember when I first read this book, but the story has stuck with me for the better part of five decades—love conquers all.

 

GENRE:

Fantasy / science fiction

 

STARS:

 All | the | stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – WHITE OLEANDER by JANET FITCH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – WHITE OLEANDER by JANET FITCH

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shriveling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw. Only the oleanders thrived, their delicate poisonous blooms, their dagger green leaves.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

White Oleander is a “journey of self-discovery” which is why it resonated with me so.

 

GENRE:

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

STARS:

Haven’t read the book but I saw the movie (ages ago) and it was intense.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, White Oleander, Janet Fitch

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 5 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE MEMORY OF YOU by CATHERINE WEST

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE MEMORY OF YOU by CATHERINE WEST

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

 

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

 

And Natalie never says no to her father.

 

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

 

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

The wood-paneled walls of the boardroom were closing in.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Much anticipated read, the blurb alone draws me in, and that first line—I can feel the pressure, the need to get out. I feel the panic and desperation.

 

GENRE:

Contemporary Christian Romance

 

STARS:

Can’t rate it, haven’t read it yet—next on my TBR list though!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Memory of You, Catherine West

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 48 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN by ROBIN E. MASON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN by ROBIN E. MASON

 

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COMING IN NOVEMBER*

*change of date

* not the final cover…

THE BLURB:  

* in progress but will be on the back of each book in series

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

 

THE FIRST LINE

We never did play tea parties like other girls. We played detective. Because that’s what Mercedes read, detective stories. And she was our Sherlock Holmes.

As children, our ventures were harmless enough. Until the day Simone fell in the river and disappeared.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Maintaining consistency throughout the series (and perhaps anything else I write) Tilting Leaves is also written in first person. At the time of this posting, I will be approximately half way through writing Scarlett’s story—well, nope, didn’t make it half way. (I did, however, push the release date from October to November (it’s good to be Indie) to give myself time to do it right and do it well.) As a pantser, I enjoy learning new bits about each story and the characters—and Scarlett’s is a doozy!

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it! but FIVE STARS, right???

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Robin E. Mason, Seasons Series, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring

 

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