Monday, November 10, 2014

The Legacy Letters - First Paragraph / First Chapter / Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesday

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The Legacy Letters is a fictional story told in letters from a dying man, his last days spent alone in a cabin in the wilderness. He's estranged from his wife, and his letters are written to his children, to be read when they're ten years old.  The Amazon description says:

"The Legacy Letters reveals to us the stories, memories, and music of a dying father, which ultimately becomes the practical, moral, and spiritual gift and guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redemptive story of love."

Carew Papritz's writing is superb, and his advice is common-sense smart. This is a book to savor. 

Here's the First Paragraph:

December 23
Mr. Tremayne-Editor
8806 Cutterson Street
Seattle, WA 98002

Dear Mr. Tremayne - Editor:

It was nineteen years ago that my husband and I faced what seemed an irreconcilable difference, now minor in retrospect, that caused us to separate. Shortly after his leaving, I found that I was pregnant with twins, but out of anger I did not share this information with him. It was at this time that our tragedy deepened. My husband learned that he was terminally ill and then heard through a mutual friend that I was pregnant. For fear of placing my pregnancy in jeopardy, he decided not to notify me of his impending death. Instead, he lived alone for another seven months, dying far away from his family and friends.

Teaser Tuesday (from 21% on my Kindle):
I've seen more brats per square inch from folks not taking charge and letting kids know where the boundaries are. Part of loving kids is laying down fencelines. They need to know immediately when they've crossed a line; otherwise, the lesson doesn't get learned. 

Genre: Fiction / Relationships / Motivational
Length: 253 Pages
Amazon Link: The Legacy Letters

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42 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, what a powerful story! Thanks for sharing, and now I want to read this one. Here's mine: “INTO THE DARKEST CORNER”


Cleo Bannister said...

Oh that sounds sad. I love stories told by letters, I do hope you are enjoying your read. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/teaser-tuesday-november-11/

Margot said...

Wow, what a great set-up for a good plot. Just that short paragraph and already I want to read more.

jacquie said...

This sounds like a sad one...yet often so many lessons arise from grief. Great set-up

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sounds very sad, but good. I'd try it.

Kim@Time2Read said...

Awe...this one sounds like a tear-jerker. I'd have to be in the right mood.
Today my teaser is from The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordbeg.

Paulita said...

Hmmm, from the teaser, I'm not sure about this one. It sounds a little preachy. I know a real-life case where a mother died when her daughter was young.. She wrote letters for her daughter to read each year. Finally, as an adult, the daughter decided not to open any more. Her mother's advice made her feel guilty about the choices she had made, but her mother couldn't anticipate how life would change through the years.

Topazshell said...

I like letters collected in a book. I would love to read this one.

Topazshell said...

Not sure how to take the Teaser. Would want to become involved with the character who is speaking.

Kerry O'Donnell said...

The story sounds horribly sad, but I like that teaser! As someone who spent years in retail watching parents ignore their kids, leaving them alone in a children's department before going off to shop by themselves, thinking the store's staff would essentially babysit their kids, and watching said kids run around and trash the place, yeah, I totally empathize with this teaser. Very interesting pick! Here's My Teaser and Happy Veteran's Day!

Suzie Quint said...

Sounds like a weeper but I want to read it anyway. It's going on my wishlist.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

When I first started reading this, I thought it was a true story.

Mary Hill said...

I am putting this on my Good Reads bookshelf. It sounds really good. Here is my teaser this week. Have a great day.

Heather said...

An excellent teaser, and so true! Mine: Biting the Moon

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

Wow - that is a hefty and tragic first paragraph! And I also loved the teaser...esp as a mother to young children! I love boundaries...they don't so much! But, I totally agree with that teaser!
Thanks for stopping by today.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There are many similar truths in Carew Papritz's book. He made me stop and think.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoy stories told by letters too. The author did a great job of stringing together the letters to make a good read.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It grabbed me too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Actually, the book isn't preachy at all. It's just a father giving advice to his children, in a matter-of-fact and down-to-earth way.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There were so many gems of wisdom to choose from! I had a hard time selecting just one to feature today.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Wow...sounds like a powerful read.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This sounds sad...but I'm sensing a redemptive quality as well.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

This book sounds really poignant. I'd have to keep reading! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds like a great read.

Book Loving Mommy said...

This sounds like an amazing story! I have to say, I agree with the teaser. Kids need boundaries and discipline (I know...I have three of them...lol!). I am going to have to read this one! Here is my TT: http://booklovingmommy.blogspot.com/2014/11/teaser-tuesday-nov-11-vision-of-fire-by.html

Sonia Lal said...

Such a true teaser!

My teaser: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/teaser-tuesday-the-rook-take-two/

Alice Audrey said...

Laying down fence-lines is easier said than done. He has a lot of insight?

Ronnie said...

This must be a very emotional read. Sounds interesting!

Alma Reads said...

Sounds like a very emotional read :( Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

madamevauquer said...

I'm getting a very late start this week, Sandra, but so glad I finally made it to this one. I usually really enjoy epistolary novels.
Mine this week is from Club Dead, one of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series: http://wp.me/pZnGI-fu

Jaina said...

This looks like a very powerful book! I don't know if I'm really up for this kind of tragedy, but it looks good.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOL. You're right about setting boundaries, Alice, especially when it comes to grandchildren.

Yvonne said...

Excellent teaser!

booksaremyfavouriteandbest said...

Wow, this one sounds full-on (but good).

bookburnn said...

That sounds sooo good! I'm going to search more about this!! :)

(http://bookburnn.wordpress.com/)

Laura said...

Interesting concept for the book. And thanks for coming by and commenting!

Nyze Gremio-Velasco said...

This sounds really sad but this story seems interesting :)

Here's mine:
TeaserTuesday@EverythingNyze

kelley jensen said...

this sounds like a very interesting book. I've read a few written in this format and I like it. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Doodle Bug said...

I agree with your teaser. I know some families with no rules and their children act ridiculous in public. Mine are well behaved and get a ton of compliments from strangers and friends alike. Some tell me I have too many rules. Not a book that I would be interested in but a very nice teaser!! Thank you for visiting my blog

Literary Feline said...

The intro drew me in immediately. What a sad story, and yet it also sounds like it will be quite inspiring.

Eustacia Tan said...

True true. Great teaser!

^_^

Lexxie Lin said...

What a great teaser, Sandra! It's true that kids need limits, and they have to know exactly where those limits are. Thanks for sharing.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews