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 …
“My mum is dead.”
Startled, Emma peeked over the reception desk and right into a pair of beautiful green eyes belonging to a little girl with brown curly hair and a freckled button nose, and despite of the girl’s words, a faint smile tugged at Emma’s lips. The girl’s eyes that held a hint of mischief and curiosity, as well as sadness, and Emma was drawn to her instantly.
An elderly woman approached the reception and her stern voice caused Emma to flinch. She saw the girl stiffen, her eyes wide open now.
“My apologies for that,” the woman said to Emma, although the expression on her face didn’t reveal any signs of regrets.
Emma studied the face across the counter, which reflected a life of bitterness, the lines around her eyes and mouth deep and weathered. An elderly man joined them, and after a brief nod of acknowledgment Emma asked, “May I help you?”
“Yes. We would like to check in. Gibbs. Teresa Gibbs,” the woman answered.
Emma typed the name on the keyboard, and while she waited for the details, she smiled at the girl, and asked, “Holidays?”
Nadine’s face spread into a small smile that was just enough to show she had her two top teeth missing.
“And I see the tooth fairy has been to see you recently.”
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?