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?