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, swearing. “Dammit, Elizabeth, you’re done with this.”

Elizabeth gripped the steering wheel and rolled down the window for air. On the verge of loosing it, she pulled over. Sweat dripped down her cheeks, and her heart pounded. A haunting memory came back to her.

While driving the Woodie station wagon, grandmother stopped, beat her, then stepped on the gas and chased after her as she ran away. Granted she slacked off doing chores. But, how did that justify violence?

Elizabeth calmed down. On the road again she approached the farmhouse and parked in the driveway. The two-story Colonial yellowed and the barn closed.

She stepped out and paused to breathe in the fresh Maine pine. Thankful that hadn’t changed.

When grandmother called earlier she sounded her usual old self. “Heard you’re here before you start nursing school. Stop by, I’m home.”

She smoothed her long brown hair away from her face, set Cat-Eye sunglasses on top of her head, and walked to the front door.

Grandmother stood smiling on the top step as if nothing ever happened between them. “Look at you all grown up. It’s been a long time.”

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:


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  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 2 people

  6. What everyone else said. 🙂


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