Thursday, October 27, 2022

I Meant to Tell You by Fran Hawthorne -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they are reading this week. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.


In her yellow car seat behind Miranda, Tali danced her soft stuffed fox on its two rear legs and sang loudly in a mix of Hebrew and English: “Here comes the sun. Here comes the ha-shemesh.”

-- from I Meant to Tell You by Fran Hawthorne.

Fran Hawthorne's new novel, I Meant to Tell You, follows the ripple effects of disclosing a startling secret.

As Miranda and Russ prepare for their wedding and Russ’s new job in the U.S. Attorney's office, both must disclose any criminal history as part of a routine FBI background check. Things get sticky when Miranda fails to disclose that she had been convicted of a misdemeanor many years earlier. She had tried to help a friend leave the US for Israel with her daughter during her friend's nasty divorce and they got caught. Her conviction had been expunged, so she didn’t think she needed to tell the FBI about it. Big mistake.

The story unspools from there, narrated through the multiple voices of those affected.

I Meant to Tell You launches in a couple of weeks, on November 15, and is available for pre-order. It’s the kind of meaty but entertaining story of family and friendship that would be perfect for the long Thanksgiving weekend.


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From I Meant to Tell You:
Six long-stemmed red roses fell next to Bill's brown loafers, while three more dangled from his left hand. The person getting off the escalator behind Miranda elbowed past her.
When Miranda Isaacs’s fiancé, Russ Steinmann, is being vetted for his dream job in the U.S. attorney’s office, the couple joke about whether Miranda’s parents’ history as antiwar activists in the Sixties might jeopardize Russ’s security clearance. But as it turns out, the real threat emerges after Russ’s future employer discovers that Miranda was arrested for felony kidnapping seven years earlier – an arrest she’d never bothered to tell Russ about.


  1. This looks like a good story. Have a great weekend!

  2. I bet this book is full of twists and turns. Enjoy.

  3. This sounds like a book I would like. I'll have to look for it when it's released. Have a great weekend!

  4. This one is on my list. Hope you enjoy it!

    Happy weekend!

  5. I like the cover and the story sounds really interesting! Have a great weekend!

  6. Sounds like a good one. Happy weekend!

  7. This one sounds good, enjoy! Have a great weekend!


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