Monday, August 29, 2016

Broken Pieces - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

    Many of my favorite books have plots that revolve around dysfunctional families. Broken Pieces definitely fits that description. Sometimes sad, sometimes delightful, often touching, this is a lovely story, set in a small town.

First Paragraph(s):
    My father stood at my front door as if he'd simply run out for bread and forgotten his keys.
    A slight gray stubble dappled his chin and the line of his jaw, his appearance a far cry from the practiced, clean-shaven face he sported the one time I saw him each year.
    Frustration and disbelief tangled inside me.

Teaser (from 8% on my Kindle):
    I worked alone. I lived alone. I liked it that way.

Genre: Women's Fiction
Book Length: 284 Pages
Amazon Link: Broken Pieces
Author's Website:

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    Destiny Jones is doing just fine on her own, thanks. From her thriving one-woman carpentry business to the loving support of her small-town community, Destiny has constructed a life as sturdy and polished as her best cabinets. Twenty years ago, Destiny’s world collapsed when her mother died and her father, Albert, abandoned his daughter to pursue acting in New York. His devastating exit taught Destiny a lesson in self-reliance that has kept her safe—and alone—ever since.
    Now Albert Jones is back, begging for a second chance. Destiny suspects he’s simply staging another performance, starring himself as the prodigal father. Should she act on her misgivings? Or listen to her inner child, who still yearns for a family? When Albert divulges a shocking secret, Destiny’s life will again be turned upside down.
    Kathleen Long’s warm, wise novel reveals the armor that has protected us in the past is often the very thing we must shed to fully live and love.

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  1. Oh yes Sandy this sounds like a great pick. Like you I love stories about dysfunctional families and that opener really brings to life the scene - you can tell what he wants isn't going to be good for Destiny.

  2. I like this TT very much. I'm a bit wary of dysfunctional family stories - but I would be very happy to sit down and get lost in this one. I hope you're enjoying it! This is my offering -

  3. Strong writing. I have a feeling the father is leaving. A book that makes me feel a broad range of emotions is always enjoyable.

    My TT from Diary Of A Haunting

  4. Sometimes a book can help heal our own wounds in the real world. This sounds like it may be one of those.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  5. I think I'd have to read a bit more to be sure.

  6. This looks good. I would keep reading. Enjoy!

  7. Oh, yes, my kind of read! I definitely want to know what happens next. Can they make up for the past, or is more tragedy ahead for them? Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE”

  8. Sounds enticing! I LOVE that she is a carpenter!

  9. Intriguing. I think stories of dysfunctional families hit a chord because most of us have some level of dysfunction in our own families and a yearning to heal those wounds.

  10. What is it about dysfunction families that draw us in? I would keep reading.

  11. Yikes! I just realized I misspelled "dysfunctional" in the original post, so I've corrected it. My apologies! Late at night my internal spell-checker sometimes malfunctions.

  12. I'm not a big fan of stories in which a long-lost parent returns but this one sounds interesting!

  13. Great teaser! Sounds like a very interesting read.

  14. This sounds excellent. I definitely would keep reading.

  15. I really need to know what the shocking secret is! I have to agree that books with dysfunctional families are very intriguing. I am definitely drawn to these types of books as well. I hope that you enjoy it! :)

  16. Sounds like either way, this story will bring me to tears! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I would keep reading. Sounds like quite an introverted character. Wondering if that's true.

  18. This sounds like it has a lot of potential. Happy reading!


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