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Orchids And Stone
by Lisa Preston
First Lines

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“Daphne didn’t quit college to become a roofer. When the first day of spring break became the night her father killed himself in a hotel room, she drove his car the two-plus hours back to the university the next morning. Gathering her clothes, photos, and a shoebox of desk items, she abandoned her textbooks and extra school supplies in the quad atrium, free to any takers.

College was supposed to be more than escape from her half-empty bedroom and stymied parents, but she left Western Washington University thinking she’d always been a poser there, never a good fit with dorm life. Finishing part of a semester more than her dead big sister counted, like all half measures, for nothing.

No solace waited at home. For the first time since she was eleven, her father wouldn’t be there in the evening, burning. No restive three-word chant or even his less common complaint, “Nobody makes an effort,” would burst from him after the hours whiled away and he slumped up the stairs.

Quiet and comfort were not the same thing. In the wake of her impulse to drop out of school, she dreaded surreal days and evenings to be passed at home. Her trembling mother offered no answers”

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Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise.


They’re trying to take me. Help! Help me, please.

Daphne Mayfield sought a moment of quiet in a park—a break from city life, a tense relationship, and chronic overwork—but then an elderly woman makes a desperate plea. Daphne is reluctant to get involved when she’s not sure what’s happening, but she wants to help the stranger. Is the rambling old lady the victim of a crime or a victim of dementia?

As her unease grows, Daphne can’t let go of the encounter. No matter what her boyfriend or her friends say. No matter what the retired homicide detective warns. Though she knows she’s meddling in other people’s lives, her instincts scream that the danger is real.

With each increasingly bold intervention, Daphne involves herself in someone else’s crisis until she’s in too deep to turn back. She’s not just fighting for a stranger’s life…she’s fighting for her own.

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    • Hi Kathy,

      There are plenty of questions which need answers and personal issues which need to be resolved, and that’s just from the first paragraph.

      There’s no messing around with a cozy, descriptive opening scene, in this story!

      I shan’t be reading ‘Orchids And Stone’ just yet, but I am looking forward to it getting to the top of my TBR pile. I have enjoyed quite an extensive run of thrillers of late, yet all have been so very different in their storyline and writing style.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      A dead sister and father, and having to drop out of University!

      I wonder if there are more siblings, or if Daphne is going to have to cope with her mother alone … I can’t wait to discover what kind of personal issues Daphne has to deal with!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that all is well with you and that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • This is a great start to a book! It makes me want to delve into Daphne’s past and also her plans for the future. A roofer? Even without knowing the full premise, it makes me want to read it!

    I’ve just begun The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

    “Howard Roark laughed.
    He stood naked at the edge of a cliff. The lake lay far below him.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m not certain where the ‘roofer’ comes into the equation, but then I don’t know any of Daphne’s circumstances, either personally or financially.

      Ratings and reviews have been very mixed and overall, not particularly outstanding. However as a debut novel, I am willing to give it a fighting chance, as I am intrigued by the premise and the potential outcome.

      Lisa already has an established career in non-fiction writing, so I don’t think I shall be too impressed if the standard of writing and grammar, is what lets the whole thing down!

      Thanks for the interesting comment and your own first lines. I have never come across the writing of Ayn Rand before and ‘The Fountainhead’ certainly has an intriguing premise, with some quite strong messaging already in evidence. I am wondering if Howard is about to dive into the lake for a dare, simply for a swim, or whether he is planning to jump rather than dive, to his death! The fact that he is laughing doesn’t help me decide one way or the other, as his laughter may be more hysterical than anything else!

      Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

    • Hi Joy,

      I read quite of lot of suspense thrillers / psychological thrillers and I have to agree with you, that just recently, I have come across some very disturbing and depressing storylines.

      It appears that authors are willing to push the boundaries of the genre more and more, in an effort to capture that unique and interesting premise, which is going to be a crowd puller.

      At the moment I am okay with that, but it is something to bear in mind for the future.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate and enjoy comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I was wondering more about why the father had committed suicide, especially in a hotel room!

      But you are right, there might well have been some disagreement going on between Daphne and her sister, which resulted in her sister’s death and then went on to result in her father’s suicide!

      Plenty of intrigue in store, of that I’m sure – watch this space 🙂

    • Hi Hila,

      I love a good mystery, so these few lines, together with the synopsis, had me hooked instantly.

      When there is a line in the synopsis … “With each increasingly bold intervention, Daphne involves herself in someone else’s crisis until she’s in too deep to turn back. She’s not just fighting for a stranger’s life…she’s fighting for her own.” … I’m already anticipating an engrossing read!

      On the other hand, the book I have recently finished, ‘Beside Myself’ by Ann Morgan, almost did threaten to overwhelm me at one stage. However I am so pleased that I carried on reading, as the twists towards the end of the story, I definitely never saw coming … https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25517205-beside-myself?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true

      I hope you are enjoying your Easter so far and thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

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