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‘An Uncertain Refuge’ by Carolyn J. Rose

 Later, Kate Dalton often wondered how things might have turned out if she had been a little stronger or a lot weaker, if she had refused a mother’s plea, or if she had spoken the truth while it was still hers to tell.

But on that February morning when a scream shattered both the fretful calm of the shelter and the constricted structure of her life, Kate did exactly what she’d trained for – and exactly what she’d been warned against.

From reading these lines and even those of the cover synopsis, I am still left wondering exactly what Kate has been trained for and why?

I am also pondering on the notion that Kate felt that she needed to be either a little stronger, or much weaker, to have changed the outcome of events. That’s an interesting concept and does make perfect sense when I stop and think about it logically.


A picture button for book beginnings at Rose City ReaderWould the first few lines of your book make you want to read on?

If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

Click here and visit Gilion @ Rose City Reader

You can then leave a link to your own book beginnings post, or just browse for some great reads, there are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

Don’t forget that Gilion and all the other contributors to this meme love to hear from you, so why not leave a comment or two at the same time.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of  ‘An Uncertain Refuge’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Carolyn J. Rose.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Tracy,

      This definitely sounds like my kind of read as well. A good murder mystery / thriller is always welcome in my reading schedule and having opening lines that pose so many questions, bodes well for the depth and strength of the overall plot..

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, as always they are very welcome.

  • That is an interesting beginning – I have to agree that I’m curious as to what she’s been trained for and what her strength/weakness would have changed.

    Here’s my Friday MeMe

    • Hi Maria,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated and valued.

      Not only is it intriguing that Kate did exactly what she had been trained for, but that it is something she has been warned against doing … curiouser and curiouser!!

      I am really looking forward to starting this book.

  • I’ll be interested to see what everyone has to say about those lines. I rewrote them many times and still am torn because they violate what I call the “little did she know” rule by giving her knowledge at the beginning that readers won’t have until later. But I wanted to plant she seeds for the rest of the book and so I finally went with what you see. When I wrote the sequel, Sea of Regret, I used the same technique.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to take part in the discussion, your comments will be welcome anytime.

      As you can see from my own comments in the post, those first few lines have asked so many questions, which I now can’t wait to discover the answers to. You have certainly set the scene for an intriguing chain of events, although I do hope that I don’t have to wait to read the sequel, to find some comprehensive closure to the story, although I do intend to read ‘Sea Of Regret’ as well!

      Just as an aside, I have tried to contact you on many occasions, however my mail just keeps getting bounced and I couldn’t find the ‘contact’ link on your site. I received the links for the next two books fine, together with all the extra information I had requested from you …. thanks.

      Have a great weekend.

  • You always post new to me books that sound so interesting!

    Now I too want to know what’s going on, what she was trained for, what the truth was, what the lie was, and how things turned out. I want to know more about her relationship with her mother too.

    Seriously thinking about reading this!

    • Hi Vicki,

      I have been so very fortunate in the quality of books I have received direct from their authors for review. They are generally more individual storylines and not in the mainstream of popular fiction, or books which are being reviewed by many bloggers at the same time as part of a ‘blog tour’.

      I am also grateful to the authors for their understanding and patience, when they seem to have to wait for an inordinate amount of time, for their review to be published.

      ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ sounds as though it is going to be something of a psychological thriller, a ‘cat and mouse game’ of vengeance and revenge. I am only hoping that it is a stand alone story in its own right, which doesn’t have to wait for closure until the sequel!

      I think that the ‘mother’s plea’ referred to in that first paragraph, has a slightly different connotation to the one you may be thinking about …. check out the synopsis by clicking on the image and I think you will definitely be hooked on this story.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated and valued. Have a great weekend.

  • First the disclaimer. Carolyn Rose is my very significant other (read wife) and also co-author of 5 books. I’ve also got a solo Noir-type mystery on the virtual bookshelves. As the opening of An Uncertain Refuge, I’m fond of beginnings that hint at what is to come but leave us wondering how the protagonist is going to get there. This is my favorite of Carolyn’s books. That’s why, as an aspiring screenwriter, I chose it to adapt to a screenplay. Hopefully the opening sequence of the movie I’m visualizing will live up to the suspense and action she’s written into her first chapters.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. I have spent quite some time over at ‘deadlyduomysteries’ surfing the site and have noticed your own book ‘The Shotgun Kiss’ and the book which Carolyn and yourself have collaborated on, ‘Drum Warrior’. To be honest, I liked the synopses of all the books you have penned between you, so was thrilled to think that Carolyn has entrusted me with two more of the titles to review.

      The premise of ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ lends itself nicely to a potential screenplay, so I shall be checking back to the site often, to see how you are progressing with this project.

      I have always felt that the opening lines of a book can be equally as important as the cover synopsis and of course the cover art, when trying to attract the attention of the potential reader. All three elements need to gel and have have some synergie to create the overall package which draws the reader in and makes them want to read on, and Carolyn has achieved this so well in ‘An Uncertain Refuge’. I am looking forward to reading this book.

      Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Naida,

      Carolyn has certainly created the air of intrigue and mystery right from the word go, with those suspenseful first few lines. She gives away just a little, but not enough to surmise what is happening and you feel that you just need to keep reading to discover the answers to all the questions.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to have you back in touch and I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Gilion,

      I am not quite ready to start reading the book just yet, however I was so pleased to have both Carolyn and Mike stop by and say hello. I love it when an author takes enough interest in both reading posts in which their book is promoted and in taking the time to respond to some of the comments and thoughts of the readers.

      I have had quite a few email exchanges with Carolyn over the course of the last few weeks and she is obviously quite confident about Fiction Books being a good place to promote her books, as she has already gifted me a further two titles, for further down the line!

      I wonder just how easy it is for a couple to collaborate on a book, to make it a joint effort. I just know that hubbie and I wouldn’t be able to work that closely without World War Three breaking out! I might have to see if they will provide me with a short guest post, dealing with just that issue.

      I hope that you decide to read one of their books, they have a great website to help you decide which one.

      Thanks for hosting Book Beginnings, I may not take part every week, but I think it is a great meme.

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