The History of Us by Jennifer Bardsley will release July 22 in the small town, clean romance genre.
Andrea Wint’s life in the small town of Port Inez, Washington, is a simple one. She works, enjoys the gorgeous view from her bay window, and visits her dad at the memory-care facility. Her father is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, but Andrea brings in one coin from his valuable collection every day—little bits of precious metals that seem to bring him back to himself, even if just for a few moments.
So when Andrea’s house is burgled and the coins disappear, she’s bereft.
To track down the culprit, she turns to Dustin Karlsson, who just happens to be her former high school sweetheart. Years ago, they broke each other’s hearts, and some wounds are slow to heal. But Dustin feels indebted to the ailing Tom Wint and wants to help.
What’s more, Dustin has a personal stake in finding the perpetrator. In fact, he suspects the thief could be his own brother-in-law, a gambler and a drunk who skipped town, leaving Dustin’s sister and two young nieces behind.
As Dustin and Andrea travel the Pacific Northwest in an effort to recover the missing coins, old feelings rekindle. Maybe their happily ever after can still be minted.
About Jennifer Bardsley:
Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and two children. Jennifer’s “I Brake for Moms” column has appeared in The Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance under the pen name Louise Cypress. When she’s not writing books, or camping with her Girl Scout troop, you can find Jennifer walking from her house to the beach every chance she gets.
Can you describe a book in one sentence?
By Jennifer Bardsley
My new book THE HISTORY OF US is 94,000 words long, but if I had to describe it in one sentence I could because my editors helped me brainstorm “taglines” to use when talking about my book. I still can’t figure out which option I like best. Which is your favorite?
– Can the man who broke her heart put it back together again?
– High school sweethearts who broke each other’s hearts take a second chance on love.
– A small-town mystery reunites two high school sweethearts.
In publishing, taglines go by different names. Sometimes they are called “logline hooks” or “elevator pitches.” The elevator image comes from thinking about if you were in an elevator with someone and had to explain a book to them before the elevator dinged and the doors opened.
LITTLE WOMEN might be: “Four sisters experience hardships growing up during the Civil War.” JANE EYRE could be: “A lonely governess falls in love with her employer who has a mysterious past.”
Sometimes, taglines can be a little bit mysterious. Here are a few we came up with for THE HISTORY OF US that hint at the mood of the book, without giving away the plot:
– Wine Cheese, coins, and love. Some things get better with age.
– A love story more precious than gold.
– A penny for your thoughts, a silver dollar for forever.
I like those ones because THE HSITORY OF US features a coin heist. The two main characters work together to recover the stolen goods.
Once you start thinking about stories as taglines, you see them everywhere. Scroll through Netflix and you’ll see brief descriptions about what each show is about. Can that one sentence convince you to click play? It’s the same with books. The world is stressful, and readers like to know what they are getting into.
The next time a friend asks you about the book you are reading, see if you can describe it in just one sentence.
Jennifer Bardsley is the author of SWEET BLISS and GOOD CATCH. Her newest release, THE HISTORY OF US, comes out July 12, 2022 from Montlake.
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