Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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 Book of Dreams by Nina George.The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.
 
 The Book of Dreams 

Day One
Henri
 
I jump.
 
The fall only lasts a few seconds.  I can hear the engines of the cars above me on Hammersmith Bridge.  Rush hour.  I smell the city, the fading fragrance of spring, of dew on the leaves.  Then I plunge into the cold water and it closes over my head.  I strike out with my arms, gathering speed as the receding tide carries me with it.  Despite being more than thirty miles away, the sea sucks the river toward it.  My body has not forgotten the tug of the tide; it's as if I never left the sea, although it's over twenty-five years since I last bathed in the Atlantic.
 
Finally I reach the girl.
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This story features a very dramatic opening.  Reading the first line, I'm drawing one conclusion.  Reading the second paragraph, I'm not sure my conclusion is accurate.  And then there's the third one-line paragraph.  It's enough to keep me reading, combined with the fact that I've read and enjoyed other novels by this author. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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 an upcoming read, Murder at Archy Manor by Sara Rosett.  The excerpts shared are from a trade paperback I borrowed from the library.
 Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective #1) 

Beginning:  Chapter One
London, Summer 1923
I didn't intend to become a lady detective, but when one's relative is swept into a police investigation and the outcome looks rather grim well, one can't stand aside.  One must do something.


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Page 56:  Lady Pamela, who had twisted her handkerchief around her fingers, unwound it.  "What Hugh means is he doesn't participate in shallow things.  He's far too serious for anything fun."
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My thoughts:  This book has several appeal factors for me:  it's the first in a new seriesthe High Society Lady Detective seriesand it is set in a time and place that I absolutely adore.  The cover is quite striking also!
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From Goodreads:  A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?   

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancĂ©, Alfred. 

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last. 

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor




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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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 Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, which I am reading for one of my book clubs.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

 Next Year in Havana

chapter one

Elisa
Havana, 1959

"How long will we be gone?" my sister Maria asks.

"Awhile," I answer.

"Two months?  Six months?  A year?  Two?" 

"Quiet."  I nudge her forward, my gaze darting around the departure area of Rancho-Boyeros Airport to see if anyone has overheard her question.






What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I'm finding this story about a family's migration from Cuba to Miami very engaging.  It unfolds over two different time periods and is told in the voice of a grandmother and granddaughter.



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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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 an upcoming read, My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version I borrowed from the library.
 
 My Italian Bulldozer 

Beginning: I
People Do Strange Things

It was the first time that Paul had made duck a l'orange for friends since Becky left him for her personal trainer.  Her departure--after four years of living together--had been a surprise, but not as great a shock as the discovery of her new lover's identity.  Looking back on it, Paul realised that all the signs had been there, and might so easily have been spotted.

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Page 56: "Listen, dottore, in Italy we are always open to new experiences.  We are not like our dear friends the Germans--they are always so careful and so measured; we are not.  We like to live.  We like to throw caution to the winds."
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My thoughts:  The excerpts lead me to believe that the protagonist is about to embark on some totally new scenarios told from McCall Smith's humorous perspective.


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From Goodreads:  When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life.  Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. 

With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.





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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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 Blessed be the Wicked by D.A. Bartley.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version purchased by a librarian friend after we heard the author speak about this first book in her new series at the Malice Domestic conference in Maryland last month.


 

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The dead man in the closet was dressed almost entirely in white: shirt, trousers, shoes and socks, even the sash draped over one shoulder and the stiff, puffy cap on his head.  The only exception was a dark-green apron embroidered with fig leaves around his waist.  He was sitting upright in a heavy chair; his feet and knees had been bound with a thick white satin ribbon.  An identical ribbon was wrapped tightly around the trunk of his body, fixing it in place.  Both tied into meticulous bows.




What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening is a very detailed and curious description that brings several questions to mind:  Who is the dead man?  Why is he dressed the way he is?  Who "gift-wrapped" his body, and why?  I'll be reading on to find out.




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