Thursday, January 16, 2020

Book Beginning: The Ritornelo Game: A Marlonburg Story by Rhonda Chandler



Professor Mark Newlin pushed the door of his classroom open on a late August morning, the first day of the semester, and realized three things.

-- The Ritornelo Game: A Marlonburg Story by Rhonda Chandler. This is the first book in a new series I stumbled across on Instagram. It sounds great!

Here's the publisher's description:

A family desperate for money. A child prodigy—the heir to the family fortune—missing. Riverview House holds many secrets.Mark Newlin is a history professor at Gold College in southwestern Illinois. When tragedy thrusts him into a life he doesn't want, well-meaning friends send him to a bed-and-breakfast on the river for rest and healing. But Riverview House is not the peaceful retreat described in the brochure.A nineteenth-century mansion built on the upper Mississippi River, for years it was the symbol of the Channon family's prestige and their right to a place in American aristocracy. After several generations, the family has lost most of its money, and none of its arrogance. And the future of everything depends on one man. The heir to the Channon fortune. Whom no one has heard of for years.Mark and his assistant Sean Merritt find themselves in the midst of an unusual family gathering. Against his will, Mark is drawn into the Channon family's struggles. And as his concern for the heir's welfare increases, he discovers the power to heal in the most unlikely place.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


Mark had a sudden impulse to hurl the tray at him. He took a bite of toast instead.

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