BOOKISH FRIDAY: “SECRET SISTERS”

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  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 better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s featured book is the latest by Jayne Ann Krentz:  Secret Sisters.

 

 

 

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Beginning:  (Cooper Island, eighteen years earlier….)

He stood in the shadows of the kitchen and tried to decide which girl he wanted.  An hour ago they had both fallen asleep in front of the television.  Now they slept the way only the young could sleep—deeply, soundly.

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56:  Whatever they’d had back at the start of their marriage had long since evaporated.  But they were forever bound by their two sons.  Xavier and Travis had inherited so many of their father’s gifts—his striking looks, his blue eyes, and his talent for mesmerizing an audience.

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Synopsis:  Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

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What do you think?  Do the excerpts capture you?  Make you want to read more?  I know that I can’t wait to find out every tidbit and every secret.

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REVIEW: THE LIAR, BY NORA ROBERTS

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When Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth is unexpectedly widowed, she is not just grief-stricken. She is stunned to learn the numerous secrets her husband had been keeping. Richard had maintained control over everything, so learning that she is now in debt for millions is almost unbelievable.

She has to sell the house and most of her belongings, and in the weeks leading up to her plan to return home to her family home in Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee, she finds a mysterious safety deposit box at a local bank with startling contents. She now is beginning to realize that her husband was not at all who she thought he was.

She and her three-year-old daughter Callie finally leave Philadelphia, and embraced in the warmth and comfort of her family, she begins to start over.

But suddenly she is being followed by a PI…and a woman approaches her one day with more unexpected news. When will Shelby finally put the past behind her? And just when she almost believes that might happen, more danger lurks. Who is stalking them now?

I enjoyed The Liar from the very beginning, as I could empathize with Shelby; I loved her Southern family, with their wonderful sayings and their tendency to wrap themselves around her and support her unconditionally. I also enjoyed seeing Shelby meet Griff, a handsome man who is everything her husband was not. Or at least she hopes so.

Realizing that the pain of the past made it difficult to trust again was an obstacle. But would she overcome it? Would she realize her dreams of a home and a career of her own?

The story is filled with colorful and intriguing characters who felt like friends and neighbors, people I would want to sit with to enjoy a glass of sweet tea. And even the snarky characters, like Melody, would get a satisfying comeuppance of the kind that readers can enjoy. There was just enough suspense to balance out the romance and make this a delightful read. 5 stars.

REVIEW: SHE CAN HIDE, BY MELINDA LEIGH

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After surviving a brutal attack three years before, Abby Foster is starting over in a small town in the Pennsylvania mountains. Westbury seems to promise the quiet normal life this high school teacher has been yearning.

But while driving her car one day, Abby ends up in the bottom of an icy river, facing death again. Luckily, Officer Ethan Hale was passing by and helped save her. But as grateful as she is, Abby has her own reasons for not knowing if she can trust him. But as she watches him over the next few days and has seen how protective Ethan is, Abby begins to trust him a little, and something more is now brewing between them. Can she trust him with her heart?

With no memory of the two hours before her plunge into the river, the answers that follow thrust her into fear once again. After testing her water bottle, the police have discovered that a poisonous substance had been added. The river plunge was no accident.

Who is trying to kill her again? The man responsible for the previous attempt was supposedly still in prison, but new discoveries lead them on a quest to find out just who is behind both attempts. Who from Abby’s past is out to get her?

Why is Abby traveling to Atlantic City to meet with a mob boss? What secrets is she hiding that might put her further at risk?

Great characters populate this story, and with lots of twists and turns and new surprises around every corner, She Can Hide (She Can Series) is a tumultuous ride toward solving all the mysteries and keeping the innocent safe. With mob bosses and meth addicts added to the mix, there could be plenty of violence before it all comes to an end. 5.0

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