Tuesday, July 9, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #21 and Tuesday Teaser


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. It's an opportunity to share the first paragraphs of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the opening paragraph from The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio, which I got at BEA and hope to start later this month.

Read on after the intro for my Tuesday Teaser.

 The Last Camellia
 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication Date:  May 28, 2013

 A cottage in the English countryside
April 18, 1803 

The old woman's hand trembled as she clutched her teacup.  Out of breath, she hadn't stopped to wash the dirt from under her nails.  She hovered over the stove, waiting for the teakettle to whistle as she eyed the wound on her finger, still raw.  She'd clumsily cut it on the edge of the garden shears, and it throbbed beneath the bloodstained bandage.  She'd tend to it later.  Now she needed to come to her senses.  

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  After reading The Violets of March recently, I am eager to read another novel by this author, who deftly blends the past and present in her charming stories.
Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, is a weekly event where bloggers open to a random page and share a teaser from somewhere on that page--no spoilers allowed.
Here's my teaser from The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio:
"'No, she thought to herself, touching the delicate blossom.  The Queen could search every garden in the land, and the flower thieves could examine every petal, but she would make sure they never found this one.'" ~p. 4
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