#MFRWHooks ”You’ve just given me a fright.” #amreading #TuesdayTeaser #readerscommunity

Hi everyone – I continue with another hook from
INNOCENT TEARS, one of my first books.
Today’s snippet is still in Emma’s POV
Enjoy ♥♥

@iris_blobel IN THE SHADOWS OF A LIE #lovelife #regretnothing #readerscommunity #fyp #foryourepage #readersoftiktok #booktok #newzealandtiktok #romancenovels #lovestory❤️ ♬ original sound – Sarah Cothran

This week’s Hook …

And without any more words or thanks, she left with her granddaughter in tow. Emma gave a little wave to Nadine before she was out of her sight.

Rubbing her temples, she finished her breakfast, returned her dishes to the kitchen, and made her way to the reception area. She caught up with her friend, Jacqueline, before taking over her shift at the reception. Jacqui had worked with Emma for a few months now, and they’d got along from the very first day they shared reception duty. Until a few days back, anyway. Recent remarks by Jacqui regarding some of Jack’s attributes didn’t sit well with Emma and it was still hurtful and upsetting her. Jacqui was in her early twenties as well and had moved to Melbourne from a little town northwest of the state. She was tall and slender, with slim hips and curves in just the right places. Emma had envied her thick dark hair from the very beginning.

Today was an unusually quiet morning as Emma glanced across the hotel lobby. The spacious entrance lit up with crystal chandeliers in contrast to the contemporary colours of the sand-coloured marble floor and the walnut panelling on the walls. Again, Emma gazed enviously at the chocolate-brown coloured furnishings, which were, according to management, strategically selected and arranged to allow a visual play of light and space. She loved that slogan. It had so many words but didn’t say anything at all.

Nightshifts at the reception were usually done by Jacqueline, who studied Business Management during the day.

“Hey, Jacqui?”


“How do I get a babysitter for this afternoon?”

Jacqui stared at Emma and slowly lifted her eyebrows. “A babysitter?”

“Yes, for room five-O-two. They need a babysitter for their granddaughter.”

“Wow, Em, you’ve just given me a fright.”

Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers’ Favorite

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?

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