Tuesday, June 26, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, 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 Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

 

One
New York City
June 1944

Kate

The patter of rain against the blacked-out stained glass dome above where I sat numbed me like a hypnotist's gold watch.  Neither the hard marble step beneath me nor the delicately carved staircase spindle pressed against my forehead was enough to override the lullaby effect of the raindrops.  I tried to focus on the ornate staircase of the old mansion, to study the fine architectural details of the structure that even the conversion into a hospital couldn't mask.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I find the descriptive quality of the first paragraph--the stained glass dome, marble step, and carved staircase--totally captivating.  I'm immediately swept back in time to Manhattan's Guilded Age.  I am eager to begin this multigenerational story set across several time periods, which is written by three wildly talented authors.


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14 comments:

Margot said...

I like it! Yes, that beautiful language took me right to that setting. I really want to read this one.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I love the descriptive writing so I'd give this one a try - curious as to where it is going. Hope you enjoy it. Here is my link:
https://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2018/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday_26.html

JoAnn said...

I like it! My mother read this a wile ago and I've had it on my radar ever since. Hope it's a winner for you.

Kay said...

I like it too. And it's one that I've meant to try. Think I'll see if my library has it and check it out. Thanks for reminding me of this book!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Beautiful excerpt! I can visualize the scene and I want to know more. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Donna H said...

I love the cover of this book. One of my reviewers read this some time ago and really enjoyed it.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

I like this opening. It makes me want to know more!

Ms. M. said...

I, too, enjoyed the descriptive opening. I could feel the stairway spindle pressing against my forehead. I'm not sure where the story is going and I think I might find the three authors and jumping around time periods a bit confusing. I also think, I'm not likely to forget reading about it, so, maybe . . . Here's the link to my FCFP and TTT: https://wp.me/p4DMf0-1DO

Yvonne said...

Sounds good and three great authors, too.

Cleo Bannister said...

You are so right that is one descriptive and evocative opener - I'd say this sounds like a great read - I'm off to add it to my wishlist, thank you!

Mystica said...

Like this opening like the authors too.

Nise' said...

This book has been on my stacks for way too long as I love all the authors.

Katherine P said...

I just finished this one and really enjoyed it! It was so seamless considering there were three authors with very distinct voices involved.

Vicki said...

I'd read more and then decide whether to continue. I love the cover!

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