I'm very excited to be part of this tour and can't wait to hear what you guys thought about the excerpt from If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch! For my review of If You Find Me, please stop by tomorrow! :)
As part of the If You Find Me blog tour, I have this wonderful except to share with you today! At this point, it's been three weeks since Carey arrived at her father's farm, but she says in some ways it feels like a year...
Last week, Melissa took Ness into town for a haircut, and my sister came back with her blond curls brushing her shoulders, framing rosy apple cheeks. In her new shirts, jeans, chinos, dresses, shoes, slippers, and nightgowns, she looks like a girl, a normal little girl, not the forlorn soul huddling over a tin cup of never-ending beans.
I haven't fared as well, with so much on my mind. I haven't gained more than five pounds, if I'm lucky. It's the bird nerves, like Mama said.
At breakfast, I eat my bacon but pick at the eggs. I'm snug warm in a pale blue terry-cloth bathrobe, a gift from Melissa. And yet, I'm keening fierce for the campfire, for the early-morning bird chatter launching the sun into orbit as I shiver and poke the sleeping coals awake, the morning not just a vision but a feeling, a scent, a taste that enters your pores and coasts through your veins until it fires up your very soul.
Melissa interrupts my daydreaming, her back to me as she pours herself a cup of coffee from the carafe on the kitchen counter.
"I think it's your turn, Carey. We need to get you some new clothes. Not just for school but to keep you warm and comfortable, too. Winter's coming. At the least, you need a new coat."
It's impossible to say no to Melissa (especially when she's talking up a new winter coat!), but not because she's bossy. More because her intentions are always in the right place.
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
There are some things you can’t leave behind…
A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.
Emily Murdoch is a writer, a poet, and a lover of books. There's never a time she's without a book. Her debut novel, IF YOU FIND ME, will be available from St. Martin's Press on March 26, 2013 and from Orion/Indigo UK on May 2, 2013.When she's not reading or writing, you'll find her caring for her horses, dogs and family on a ranch in rural Arizona, where the desert's tranquil beauty and rich wildlife often enter into her poetry and writing.
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