Hi everyone – One of my first books has received a nice review from READERS FAVORITE which will be today’s Hook. More of the book next week.
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This week’s Hook …
“And I see the tooth fairy has been to see you recently.”
“Excuse me—” Mrs. Gibbs glanced at Emma’s name badge. “—Emma. Can we proceed with the check-in please?”
“My apologies, ma’am.” Emma read the details on the screen, made a few notes, and turned to activate the automated door card in the back office. All the while, she was conscious of Mrs. Gibbs’ glare on her, and she instinctively pulled on her navy uniform skirt. She hated how the woman made her uncomfortable. Retrieving a paper pouch for the card, Emma sighed inwardly. She was in her early twenties and still lacked confidence, not to mention she worried about other people’s opinions of her. Tucking an escaping strand of her tawny hair behind her ear, she tried to keep a positive attitude because, after all, she loved working at the All Stars Hotel in Melbourne. It was something she had always wanted to do—to welcome people to this beautiful city and make their stay as comfortable as possible. And she was often told how popular she was with staff and guests alike for her positive attitude, her generous heart, and her kind spirit.
“Ma’am, that’d be room five-O-two. If you go to the right over there, take the lift to the fifth floor, and follow the hall to the near end, you will find room five-O-two on your right.”
Teresa Gibbs took the card from Emma and turned it in her hands.
“Ma’am, you slide it into the door instead of a key. I’m happy to ask someone to come with you and show—”
“I’ll be fine. Thank you.” And without any more words, Mrs. Gibbs turned to go.
Biting back a comment, Emma leaned across the counter instead and smiled at Nadine. “Enjoy your holidays,” she said with a wink. “And come see me sometime to tell me about the tooth fairy.”
Innocent Tears by Iris Blobel is an intriguing romance within a romance. The reader’s attention is captured from the first page to the very last sentence, which is most unexpected. The journey that the author takes the reader on has so many twists and turns that at times the reader will wonder if it will come to a romantic conclusion as themes of human nature, both good, bad, indifferent, confused, and loving race through the book. Iris Blobel uses the characters’ natures to good advantage as she spins her tale of love, loss, and romance.
The author has used situations that are both good, bad, and downright scary, which her main characters get themselves into, to keep the reader on their toes with fear, hope, and joy that the story will have a happy ending. Readers will find themselves enthralled by the lives of Emma, Flynn McCormack, Theresa, William Gibbs, Mr. Morgan, Jack, Fran, Jacqui and not forgetting the star of the story, Nadine, better known as Naddie. These main characters appear and reappear throughout the plot.
This interesting book is very well worth reading. It is light but holds your attention to the end. The author brings her beautiful love story to an unexpected climactic conclusion. Thank you, Iris, for a relaxing yet nail-biting and exciting read. Innocent Tears will make the hours in a day fly, especially when waiting in doctors’ rooms and airports. Much appreciated.
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn McCormack, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it pulls the feet right out from underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight. He didn’t know about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.
With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’ ideas, and Emma is voicing her opinion, too, leaving Nadine right in the middle of it all, still grieving the loss of her mother. There’s no doubt she’s afraid about where and with whom she will settle.
Will a letter Flynn receives help him decide what to do?