Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  
 
Before I get to this week's selection, I want to share news about a summer book club from Talbot's.  I like their program of bringing in a book and getting a book.  Click the link above for more details.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Without You by Saskia Sarginson, borrowed from the library.

 Without You 

Prologue

It was April when I drowned, a month after my seventeenth birthday.  We were out at sea when the sky darkened to black and a storm blew up out of nowhere.  We worked fast to get the sails down and start the engine.  At the tiller, Dad tried to hold the boat steady.  The engine strained against huge waves, as we wallowed and rolled.  There was a creak of fibreglass, and water washing over the deck.  We'd never been out in anything as big.  I should have been afraid.  Except I didn't believe that I was going to die.  It wasn't just that I had faith in Dad's sailing; I was angry with him, and my rage made me feel superhuman.

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Part One
LOST

Suffolk, July 1984

There are boys fishing for crabs off the quay.  I stop dead in the sunshine, blinking and uncertain.  Then it's OK because it's nobody I know.  Just townie kids here for the summer holidays.  They're squatting next to buckets, poking at crabs they've caught on lines baited with bacon rind, strangers with pale skin and funny accents.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I find the prologue and first chapter openings very intriguing, which makes me want to know more about the narrator and her story.  I'm looking forward to reading this new-to-me author that I discovered on another blogger's site. 



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my current read, Beartown by Fredrik Backman, borrowed from the library.

 Beartown 

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Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead, and pulled the trigger.

This is the story of how we got there.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
To say that the opening is attention grabbing is an understatement.  And it is not a beginning I would expect after reading two of Backman's earlier novels.  I am intrigued enough to continue reading.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.  My copy is an ARC received from the publisher, Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.


The Woman in Cabin 10 


- chapter 1 -
 friday, september18

The first inkling that something was wrong was waking in darkness to find the cat pawing at my face. I must have forgotten to shut the kitchen door last night. Punishment for coming home drunk.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening instantly piques my curiosity, and having read In a Dark, Dark Wood, I am bracing myself for another chilling tale from Ms. Ware.  I can't believe it has taken me so long to get around to this novel, but in some ways my timing is perfect given that the author's next novel, The Lying Game will be published on July 25, 2017.



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan, borrowed from the library.

The Widower's Wife 

1

November 16

Ryan Monahan liked liars.  Not the three-times-a-conversation fibbers, who prettied up the truth to appear less pedestrian at parties and would swear to God that they'd had just one, Officer.  Those average a**holes weren't even trying.  No, Ryan liked the real deal, the kind of folks who weaved falsehoods into the very fabric of their lives until they wore their fictions like fine-knit sweaters, feeling safe and warm, rapped in their bullshit.  They were the challenge.

He didn't yet know if Tom Bacon was his kind of liar.  But the man was definitely hiding something.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening paragraphs and the book's title have me curious.  I'm looking forward to starting this novel, which involves a young wife and mother who falls overboard from a cruise ship, leaving a wealthy husband and young daughter behind. 



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring my current read, In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.
 In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs, #13) 

Beginning: Prologue - London, Sunday, September 3rd, 1939
Maisie Dobbs left her garden flat in Holland Park, taking care to lock the door to her private entrance as she departed.  She carried no handbag, no money, but had drawn a cardigan around her shoulders and carried a rolled umbrella, just in case.  There had been a run of hot summer days punctuated by intermittent storms and pouring rain, leaving the air thick and clammy with the promise of more changeable weather, as clouds of luminous white and thunderous graphite lumbered across the sky above.  They reminded Maisie of elephants on the march across a parched plain, and in that moment she wished she were far away in a place where such beasts roamed.
 
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Page 56:  "
"' . . .Anyway, it looks like our thief has his eye on the same sort of target.'"
 
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My thoughts: This is the 13th book in Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series and I have read them all.  Maisie Dobbs, a British psychologist and investigator of humble beginnings, lives in momentous times.  This fiercely independent woman has served her country during the first World War, has taken on post-war government assignments, and is now being drawn into a new investigation as Britain is led into World War II.  

Reading a Maisie Dobbs novel is like visiting with old friends.  The historical setting, endearing returning characters, and well-plotted stories are a real treat to be savored, and the reasons why this is one of my all-time favorite series.
 
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From Goodreads:   Sunday September 3rd 1939.  At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.

In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered.  And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train.  They know only that her name is Anna.

As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come.  Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.
 
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my current read, Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale, borrowed from the library.
 
 Everything We Keep 

Part One
Gem City of the Foothills
Los Gatos, California
 
Chapter 1
July
 
On our wedding day, my fiance, James, arrived at the church in a casket.
 
For years I'd dreamed of him waiting for me at the altar, wearing that smile he reserved just for me.  It never failed to make my insides flip.  But instead of walking down the aisle toward my best friend, my first and only love, I was at his funeral.
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening line is definitely unique and a sure fire attention-getter.  The story thus far is engaging as I learn more about the back story and Aimee's attempts to put her life back together.



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring my current read, One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.
 One Perfect Lie 

BeginningChris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.  His resume was fake, and his identity completely phony.  So far he'd fooled the personnel director, the assistant principal, and the chairperson of the Social Studies Department.  This morning was his final interview, with the principal, Dr. Wendy McElroy.  It was make-or-break.


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Page 56:  "Jordan said nothing, trailing him.  The gym was filled with the activity and noise of fifty boys running, drilling, and catching."
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My thoughts: The opening really grabbed my attention and has me curious.  I've read several of Scottoline's novels over the years and find her to be a masterful storyteller.  Her plots engage from the very start and tend to be page turners.  This one so far is true to form.
 
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From Goodreads:  On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin's baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon's wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.
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