Hump Day

Good Morning and welcome to my little corner on the web. Its been a while since my last post. But the good news is I have started working and its a whole new job, as in a different field. I have alot of reviews to start posting, stay tuned for those. Have a great Wednesday.

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Happy WWW Wednesday!

Hello and welcome to my little corner, a place where I come to get away from everything and just relax.  I hope that your Wednesday is going well and we are half way through the week.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

 I am currently 80% through All Fall Down By:  Ally Carter.

It was recommended through a book group that I belong to and so far I am not disappointed in it.  Here is a little about the book.

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A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

You can purchase it HERE 

 What did you recently finish reading?

 What I finished:

Ugly Love By: Collen Hoover

Defending Jacob By:  William Landay

The Passengers By:  John Marrs

 What do you think you’ll read next?

The Secret Letters By:  Taryn Leigh, which I have heard some good reviews and I have had this on Hold at my Library and it finally became available.   Have you read it, if so what were your thoughts?

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

July 2020 Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my little corner on the web.  Its been a while since I last posted on here, good news is that I have started a new job, I have been busy learning it and just haven’t had the time to update.  I am going to list my July reads.

 Ugly Love By:  Colleen Hoover

White Fragility By:  Robin DiAngelo

Finding Chika By:  Mitch Albom

The One By:  John Marrs

 I am hoping to get reviews done within the next couple of days, so stay tuned for them. 

 Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

 

 

 

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41qiPQE3JjL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_New York Times bestseller and one of 2019’s best-reviewed books, a poetic memoir and call to action from the award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Described as “powerful,” “captivating,” and “essential” in the nine starred reviews it’s received, this must-read memoir is being hailed as one of 2019’s best books for teens and adults. A denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts, SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

  • Hardcover:304 pages
  • Publisher:Viking Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2019)
  • Language:English

You Can Purchase it HERE

Biography

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom.

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…”. She was also honored with the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the St. Katharine Drexel Award from the Catholic Librarian Association.

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard.

You can follow Laurie on Social Media

http://twitter.com/halseanderson

and on her blog,

http://madwomanintheforest.com

My Thoughts:

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was powerful.  When searching for this at my local library and seeing all the good reviews I knew I had to get it. And I’m glad I did.

Wow, what a great book. Intense but informative and keeps you sucked in.  I highly recommend this book.

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

www.Wednesday

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone, we’re have way there.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Hope you’re doing well.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (W’s) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

 I am currently 50% through Defending Jacob By: William Landay.

It was recommended through a book group that I belong to and so far I am not disappointed in it.  Here is a little about the book.

81rKe+-2HbLNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A legal thriller that’s comparable to classics such as Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . tragic and shocking.”—Associated Press

SOON TO BE AN ORIGINAL STREAMING SERIES • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • Boston Globe • Kansas City Star

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

You can purchase it HERE

  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, which I have heard some good reviews and I have had this on Hold at my Library and it finally became available.   Have you read it,  if so what were your thoughts?

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

 

The One – Review – John Marrs

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Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018

“Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” —AARP

“A shock on every other page.” —Wall Street Journal

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

  • Hardcover:416 pages
  • Publisher:Hanover Square Press; Original edition (February 20, 2018)

You can purchase HERE

About the Author

John Marrs is the author of The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. A freelance journalist based in London, England, he has spent the past 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines. He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company.

My Review:

WOW what if you could if you could take a simple DNA test and possibly be matched with your soul mate with a 99.99% accuracy.  This might become something in the future.  This is the second book that I have read by this author and it was easy to follow, as it only had five main characters to keep in mind.

The author uses the names of the several characters in the story as chapter titles. Making it easy to follow the development of each of the standalone story.

I also read that this is soon to be Netflix Original and I will be looking into watching it, just to see who it all plays out in a show.  I highly recommend this book and I gave it 5 stars.  Can’t wait to read more from this author.

Thanks for reading this week’s Review on The One By:  John Marrs on my blog! Have you read this book or have plans to?  I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

 

Hello Monday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

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You can purchase it HERE

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hanover Square Press; Original edition (February 20, 2018)

 

 

 

 

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You can purchase it HERE

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 24, 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

You can purchase it HERE

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (June 26, 2018)

 

 

 

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You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

You can purchase it HERE

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 27, 2019)

 

 

 

 

What I am reading now:

81rKe+-2HbLAndy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

You can purchase it HERE

  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)

Up next:

I have way to many on my to be read pile, leaving it open for now.

Thanks for reading this week’s It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done the It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

 

 

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Hello and welcome to my little corner on the web, where I go to read, relax and there are times I surf the web for new reads.  I follow this blog called Ludwig’s Thrillers well guys if you are looking for some great Thrillers well your in for a treat.  He has some great books, that you can find on Kindle.

Check out his page click on the link below:

://ludwigsbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/kindle-daily-deals-mystery-thriller-us/comment-page-1/#comment-876

Here are the Kindle Daily Deals:  Mystery Thrillers…….

– Saving Meghan by D. J. Palmer

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Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her child. Others, including her husband, claim she’s obsessed and can’t stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter’s expense. An action-packed medical thriller with numerous twists and turns!

⁃ Verity by Colleen Hoover

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A woman gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete the series of a well-celebrated, successful author named Verity Crawford. When she arrives at the author’s house and gets hold of the manuscript, she’s shocked by the content; the shocking, twisted admissions within the unfinished book are unbelievable!! This insane book will disturb you and challenge your sanity. An absolute must-read for psychological thriller readers.

⁃ The One by John Marrs

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This is the most celebrated thriller by this author and by far Marrs’ most unique work. Imagine that there’s a possibility that you could be matched with your soulmate, with *one* simple DNA test. Well, according to Mr John Marrs, this has a few, um, complications. Not only “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed – worse, your worst nightmares may also become reality…  I have purchased this and I am reading it now, and I must say wow what a book so far.

⁃ When I Was You by Minka Kent

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When I Was You is may not be as *dark*, but it’s the perfect thriller if you’re looking for an easy, fast-paced, bingey read about a woman who lives in complete seclusion after surviving a brutal attack.

Jane Doe by Victoria Stone

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sociopathic woman is set on getting her revenge on a man she purposely meets after securing a job at an insurance agency. You keep turning the pages because you simply have to know what happens next. 

⁃ Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

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The protagonist is a lawyer whose new client confesses her that she, indeed, stabbed her husband, and refuses to plead “not guilty”.

So what do you think, these all sound like great read, don’t for get check out Ludwig;s Thrillers blog, you won’t be disappointed.  See link above.

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

 

 

Amazon recommends

I Love when I get the email from amazon recommending some great reads to me.  How about you?

 

And now for the recommendations from amazon

And some are free through Kindle Unlimited.

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Two murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?

The body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?

Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late?

USA Today bestseller

“This book had me turning pages way past my bedtime.” – Sharyn Bradford Lunn, bestselling fiction author

51RHHDMGRUL._SR333,500_._SL210_SS210_On a crisp, fall night, Serena Westwood wakes to the faint stirs of her crying baby.

Bottle in hand, she tiptoes to the other side of the house, sneaks up to the crib, looks in. A wave of panic grips her as her real nightmare begins. Inside the crib, there is no baby.

If you’re a fan of Sue Grafton and Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love these suspenseful mysteries.

A New York Times bestselling mystery series and a USA Today bestselling novel.

Praise for Hush Now Baby:

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A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like clean mysteries, fierce female investigators, and whodunnits with a touch of snarky humor and a hint of romance, you’ll love Truth Kills.

Buy it today and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

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The first five suspense-filled novels in Kelly Utt’s popular Rosemary Run Series—now together in one ebook package!

Does Cate have a dangerous stalker? Does someone know Bea’s darkest secret? Will Marcheline’s lie come back to haunt her? The women of a California town face the darkness hiding beneath their community’s picturesque facade in this box set of nerve-shattering psychological thrillers.

About this set:

If you like thriller hits such as Shari Lapena’s A Stranger in the House, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret, Sandie Jones’ The Other Woman, and A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, you won’t be able to put down the suspense-filled Rosemary Run Series.

1. HER DEEPEST FEAR
Cate Brady almost had it all. Now she’s reeling from the shock of her husband’s sudden death and suspects she’s being followed.

Is she in danger? Will she find the answers she reluctantly seeks? And what will it all mean for her future?

2. HER HIDDEN PAST
Bea Hughes had put the past behind her. Until an anonymous caller phoned to say they knew what she’d done.

Should she confess after all these years? Should she cover her tracks? And can she do it while keeping her high-profile marriage to a public figure out of the headlines?

3. HER BOLDEST LIE
When a decades-old letter gets mailed without Marcheline Fay’s permission, the lie she told might not be enough to keep them safe.

Will he come after her? How will she face his accusations without sacrificing her hard-earned business empire? And will her family ever look at her the same?

4. HER DARKEST HOUR
Startling situations she can’t remember and missing chunks of time send Eve Blackburn’s life into a dangerous free fall.

Is she being framed? Should she tell her husband? And how will these dramatic developments affect the baby they’re trying desperately to conceive?

5. HER BURIED SECRET
Penelope Cline and her three closest girlfriends have a deadly secret. A woman disappeared under mysterious circumstances at a party they attended, and they know more than was reported.

Should she speak up and report what she knows? Will bad things happen to her if she doesn’t? And will telling the truth cost her the friendships she holds most dear?

About the Rosemary Run Series:

In the charming Northern California town of Rosemary Run, there’s trouble brewing below the picture-perfect surface.

Don’t let the manicured lawns and stylish place settings fool you. Nothing is exactly as it seems. Secrets and lies threaten to upend the status quo and destroy lives when— not if— they’re revealed.

With surprising twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the end, each dramatized Rosemary Run novel features a glimpse into a different woman’s nail-biting story.

Buy Rosemary Run Series: Books 1-5 today for an emotional, pulse-pounding read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

41-Lg39YiuL._SR331,500_._SL210_SS210_As President Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton spent many of his 453 days in the room where it happened, and the facts speak for themselves.

The result is a White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration, and one of the few to date by a top-level official. With almost daily access to the President, John Bolton has produced a precise rendering of his days in and around the Oval Office. What Bolton saw astonished him: a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” he writes. In fact, he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump’s Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy—and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them.

He shows a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. In Bolton’s telling, all this helped put Trump on the bizarre road to impeachment. “The differences between this presidency and previous ones I had served were stunning,” writes Bolton, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a President who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal—about personal relationships, made-for-TV showmanship, and advancing his own interests. As a result, the US lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.

Bolton’s account starts with his long march to the West Wing as Trump and others woo him for the National Security job. The minute he lands, he has to deal with Syria’s chemical attack on the city of Douma, and the crises after that never stop. As he writes in the opening pages, “If you don’t like turmoil, uncertainty, and risk—all the while being constantly overwhelmed with information, decisions to be made, and sheer amount of work—and enlivened by international and domestic personality and ego conflicts beyond description, try something else.”

The turmoil, conflicts, and egos are all there—from the upheaval in Venezuela, to the erratic and manipulative moves of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the showdowns at the G7 summits, the calculated warmongering by Iran, the crazy plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David, and the placating of an authoritarian China that ultimately exposed the world to its lethal lies. But this seasoned public servant also has a great eye for the Washington inside game, and his story is full of wit and wry humor about how he saw it played.

Buy it HERE

Thanks for reading this week’s Amazon recommends on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? If so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always- Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book.

Rochelle xoxo 

Hello and Welcome to First Line Friday

Well hello Friday!  It’s nice to see you.  I hope that everyone had a great week.  As for my week its was made up of housecleaning, redoing my resume, job searching and the best for last reading. 

 First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Mandy stared at the photograph on her computer screen and held her breath.

The shirtless man had cropped, light brown hair, and posed on a beach with his legs spread apart with the top half of his suit rolled down to his waist.  His eyes were the clearest shade of blue.  His huge grin contained two perfectly aligned row of white teeth, ad she could almost taste the salt water dripping from his chest and onto the surfboard lying by his feet.

“Oh my Lord”, she whispered to herself, and let out a long breath she didn’t realize she’d been holding.

And now for the book………..

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Thanks for reading this week’s First Line Friday on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done the First Line Friday on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo