TUESDAY EXCERPTS: “FORGIVE ME”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events: First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by  Socrates Book Reviews; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is another new book:  Forgive Me, by Susan Lewis

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Intro: (Chapter One)

Marcus Huxley-Browne looked up from the warning call he’d just received on his mobile phone.  His handsome face was taut, pale, showing none of its usual boredom or arrogance—or the self-satisfaction that came from having so much.

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Teaser: 

Claudia’s heart had already tripped with excitement.  “Absolutely,” she confirmed.  “It’s a dream of mine, bringing an old Georgian property back to life.” (p.69).

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Synopsis: In prison, Archie Colbrook spends his time writing letters. Letters addressed to a person against whom he committed terrible, nameless harm. Archie knows he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Yes, he didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and sure, he was only following orders. But does that matter? He still did it.

In a small coastal town of Northern England, Claudia Winters hopes to feel safe for the first time in years after fleeing from her abusive husband with her mother and daughter. Their new life is supposed to be a fresh start. But Claudia knows the past won’t stay hidden for long—and she can’t help but feel that someone is watching her. And that something terrible is about to happen.

Linked by one irrevocable act of violence, Archie and Claudia’s lives intertwine. Claudia can’t overlook what Archie did to her family—but is forgiveness the only way to truly move on?

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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