Friday 16 May 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (Close To The Broken Hearted)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


This week my book beginning is Close To The Broken Hearted by Michael Hiebert. I enjoyed his novel Dream With Little Angels and have got an ARC from Netgalley of his latest which I'll start reading later today. 

Alvin, Alabama - 1971

The spring sun is low in the sky outside the single paned windows of the kitchen in the small farmhouse where the family has gathered to eat. Upon the table sits a roast chicken ready to be carved, a plate of mashed potatoes, and a bowl of peas and corn, both harvested last year but kept frozen through the winter months. The light falling in through the windows is deep orange, almost red, as the father, Tom Carson, stands to say grace.


Close To the Broken Hearted 


Book Description:

At twenty-two, Sylvie Carson has known a lifetime's worth of trouble. When she was a child, her baby brother was shot to death by a man named Preacher Eli. Orphaned by her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own baby with no partner in sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, Alvin, Alabama's only detective, tries to stay patient when Sylvie calls the station day and night, always with some new false alarm. But now Preacher Eli is out of prison and moving back to town. 

As far as the law is concerned, the old man has paid his dues--though Leah's twelve-year-old son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Between that and his relentless curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe's imagination is running in all directions lately. While Leah struggles with how much of the past to reveal to Abe, she's also concerned about Sylvie's mounting panic. Something in her gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For as Leah knows well, there's danger not just in the secrets others keep from us, but in the lies that corrupt from within. It's a hunch that will be tested soon enough, as tensions mount on both sides.


Publication date: June 24th 2014 by Kensington   



  1. I love that beginning! It sets up the feeling of the book quite nicely. Here is my beginning at Shut Up & Read

  2. The beginning has an omniscient feel to it, doesn't it? Like someone looking in the window and describing everything he sees. I'd like to get to know this family and would definitely keep reading.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: DARLIN' IRISH.

  3. Reading that beginning, I would keep reading.....

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!

    Here is my Friday 56post!!

  4. Love the descriptive.

    THANKS for sharing.

    ENJOY your reading week.

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    My Book Beginnings


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