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Orchids And Stone
by Lisa Preston
First Lines

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Cover image of the book 'Orchids And Stone' by the author Lisa Preston




“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”

So, you have taken a look, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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