Tuesday, July 30, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #24 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 paragraphs from a book I purchased, Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long, which I hope to read soon.

Read on after the intro for my Tuesday Teaser.

  Changing Lanes: A Novel
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
Publication Date:  May 14, 2013


There are times in life when a woman thinks to herself, My plans are working beautifully.

I pulled into the gravel drive of my parents' home, looked in the rearview mirror to the suitcase and boxes of personal belongings piled on the rear seat of my car, and sighed.

This was not one of those times.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  The barnesandnoble.com overview drew me in:  Abby Halladay has the perfect life. Or, rather, she will…as long as everything goes exactly according to plan. Abby never leaves anything to chance — not her job as a syndicated columnist, not her engagement to her fiancĂ©, Fred, and certainly not her impending wedding in Paris (New Jersey, that is). 

Unfortunately for Abby, even the best-laid plans often go awry — like when Fred runs away to Paris (France, that is), her column is canned, and her dream home is diagnosed with termites. Forced to move back in with her parents and drive her dad’s cab, Abby’s perfect life has now officially become the perfect disaster.

Then a funny thing happens. Slowly but surely, Abby begins letting go of her dreams of perfection. As she does, the messy, imperfect life she thought she never wanted starts to feel exactly like the one she needs.

Poignant and heartfelt, Changing Lanes celebrates the unexpected joys of everyday life — and the enduring promise of second chances.
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 Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long:
"My insides spiraled into a knot.  I set down my fork with a loud clank, unable to take the silence for another moment.  'Are we going to talk about this?  Any of it?'" ~p.15
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