The First Page


Center Lovell 1957

Five years ago, Elizabeth’s summer with grandmother ended on a bad note. She tried hard to forget her clothes thrown in the trunk of a car, and her uncle’s booming voice. “Dammit, Elizabeth, you’re done with this.”

Elizabeth gripped the steering wheel and rolled down the window for air, even though a stifling hot day. The route from her uncle’s new boat marina busy with tourist traffic did not distract her. Elizabeth’s mind focused on the incident. Sweat ran down her face, and her heart pounded. On the verge of losing it, she pulled over. The haunting memory came back in flashes.

Early morning, a desolate lakefront road, grandmother driving her to work, yelling at her, slammed on the brakes, beat her, stepped on the gas, and chased her running away.

Elizabeth shook the images out of her head, and pulled back onto the blacktop.  Granted she slacked off doing chores. But, how did that justify violence?

She approached the farmhouse and parked in the driveway. Not a surprise the Colonial house yellowed with age, and the adjacent barn weathered.  Her grandmother fell on hard times after she sold the beachfront resort, Sunset Inn. Elizabeth wondered if her health went south too.

She stepped out of the car and breathed in fresh pine from the surrounding trees. Thankful that hadn’t changed.

Sunset Inn is a fiction book based on real events

The first page “hooks” the reader

Would you turn the page? 




About C.E.Robinson

After years working in healthcare, I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a full time writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning in 2014, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts. I started the blog to connect with other bloggers, and in a way to learn more about writing. I also wanted to support other bloggers, friends and family by writing blog posts about them, their books, interests, professions and travels. The collections of sunsets/sunrises on the Welcome page came from bloggers all over the world. I wanted visitors to remember what made you smile Before Sundown. What better way then to offer breathtaking sunsets or sunrises? A monthly featured sunset continues.
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19 Responses to The First Page

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I would definitely turn the page.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gay Judd says:


    Liked by 2 people

  3. I was waiting for a little more. Love those old tinted postcards! Wonder how many young people could not identify a postage stamp cancellation mark?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. GP Cox says:

    I would most definitely turn the page, Christine!!


  5. Definitely a page t.ur.n.e.r. 😀 ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  6. What everyone else said. 🙂


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