Happy Friday! Can you believe that tomorrow it’ll be July?
It’s First Line Friday–when we share first lines from our favorite books.
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Today I’m sharing the first line from Karen Ball’s Shattered Justice. I read this book for the first time as a teenager–and it stayed with me. At the time, I had recently dealt with the loss of my mother and this book handled grief in a very real and raw way.
Now, as an adult, I remember little tidbits and I’m thinking it’s about time to read it again.
“Dan Justice didn’t know what woke him, what pulled him from the heavy weight of drugged sleep. A sound. One that didn’t belong in the empty silence of his house.”
About the Book
There’s no way sheriff’s deputy Dan Justice could have prepared for this. He spent a lifetime ensuring his actions and faith live up to the meaning of his name—Avidan: “God is just.” Then injustice invades his world, ripping away what matters most, forever robbing him of the life he once knew. Can his sisters and small-town community—especially one woman who loves Dan—help him overcome the horrors he’s facing? Or will bitterness and anger shatter him forever?
What happens when justice fails the lawman?
Sanctuary, Oregon . A town where the local diner owner makes you drink your milk—no matter how old you are. Where juvenile delinquency means blowing up outhouses. Where folks not only know their neighbors, but care about them. For widowed sheriff’s deputy Dan Justice, it’s a place where he and his kids can heal and grow.
Shelby Wilson loves Sanctuary and her work with troubled teens. Like Jayce Dalton. Sure, he’s as troubled as they come, but Shelby knows Dan is exactly what Jayce needs. She just didn’t expect that Dan might be what she’s always needed, too.
But sleepy little Sanctuary has a dark side, steeped in pain and secrets. Secrets that could destroy everything Dan holds dear. Secrets that will one day have Dan groping through the fog toward a lifeless body—and faith-shattering grief.
Can Dan find sanctuary in the light of God’s justice?
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