Thursday, February 1, 2018

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, Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh.  The excerpts shared are from a copy I got at the library. 
 Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane #1) 

BeginningChapter One
Tessa had been afraid of it most of her life.  For as long as she could remember, she'd gone to bed dreading nightfall, looking under the bed, double-checking her nightlight.
Page 56:  "Once Tessa had been a little girl, coloring at her kitchen table.  She should have had a long, happy life."
My thoughts:  Melinda Leigh has been on my must-try author list for some time now, and I recently picked up the first book in the Morgan Dane series, which she started in 2017.  Have you read this author before?  If so, please give me your feedback.
From GoodreadsIn a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

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