Blogmas 28: First Line Friday – Verity by CoHo


First line: “I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.”


Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. (from Goodreads)


Does any of the above sound like the Colleen Hoover we have read before? NO. Am I upset about that? Not at all! Not that I ever wanted anything different from her, but WHOA. Contemporary romance guru Colleen Hoover has made me laugh and cry and love and ache so many times, and now she’s going to give me goosebumps. I am beyond excited! I am planning on this being a January read for sure. It isn’t very long, and it sounds so good. Typically I listen to her books, but I think this one I will read with my own two eyes.

What do you think–sound like a worth-while adventure? Have you read this one yet? Or will you be skipping it?


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