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Maybe it is because I am Southern myself, but I feel that certain Southern authors have a way of putting words together that are kind of like the South itself: warm, smooth, and colorful all at the same time.  One of my favorite contemporary Southern authors is Joshilyn Jackson and I highly recommend all of her books.  Today, I am bringing you the first lines of “Someone Else’s Love Story”:

“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.  It was on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a Georgia summer so ungodly hot the air felt like it had all been boiled red.  We were both staring down the barrel of an ancient, creaky .32 that could kill us just as dead as a really nice gun could.”

These are the opening words of Shandi, a 21 year old young woman trying to raise her three year old genius son.  Ms. Jackson has such a special way of developing her story and characters and the characters of this book are no exception.  From Shandi, her son Natty, her mother, her father, her best friend Walcott to William Ashe and his best friend, Paula, all of these people have flaws but care about each other in such special ways.

Please join me at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.

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Hello to everyone reading this!  It’s Friday so it is time for another edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader so grab a book, write down the first line or two and give us your opinion.  My book for today is the latest by one of my absolute favorite authors, Joshilyn Jackson, who just happens to be a fellow Southerner.  If you haven’t read any of her books, please please try them.  They all have this air of mystery and intrigue along with family drama that just makes the pages turn themselves.  They are great!

Joshilyn Jackson "A Grown-up Kind of Pretty"

"My daughter, Liza, put her heart in a silver box and buried it under the willow tree in our backyard."

Isn’t that interesting?  We all know that she can’t literally bury her heart in a box, so what does that little box contain?  You will just have to read this book to find out.

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