Tuesday, February 12, 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 my current read, Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller.  

Bitter Orange 

One

They must think I don't have long left because today they allow the vicar in.  Perhaps they are right, although this day feels no different from yesterday, and I imagine tomorrow will go on much the same.  The vicar--no, not vicar, he has a different title, I forget--is older than me by a good few years, his hair is grey, and his skin is flaky and red, sore-looking.  I didn't ask for him; what faith I once had was tested and found lacking at Lyntons, and before that, my church attendance was a habit, a routine for Mother and me to arrange our week around.  I know all about routine and habit in this place.  It is what we live, and what we die, by.  


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I am intrigued by the opening paragraph because it conjures up questions and mystery for me.  Who is the narrator, the person who is reflecting back on the past?  Who is the vicar?  What is Lyntons?  It is enough to keep me reading on.




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11 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I want to try this one as well; the intro draws me in as well. Here's my pick: https://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2019/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-stranger.html

Sassy Brit said...

i agree it does conjure up a lot of questions - I'm intrigued too!

Here's my Tuesday post! Have fun reading your book!

Kay said...

I've had this one on my list already too. Today is my day for saying that - ha! The hold list at our library is quite long so it may be a while until I request it. Hope you like it - I do have questions....

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I have this book resting quietly on Paige...and now I need to bring it forward! Thanks for reminding me of why I bought it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Beth F said...

I have this on my list too. Thanks for posting it, because now I'm curious enough to bump it up in my queue

Margot said...

The first paragraph fills me with lots of questions. Its also sad. Hope it leads to some happiness. Enjoy.

Cleo Bannister said...

I keep coming across this book and now I've read the opening I want to know more - as you say there are plenty of questions awaiting answers there

BooksPlease said...

The opening paragraph is so very intriguing and filled with sadness. I would definitely read on.

Donna H said...

That is an intriguing opening. I wonder is the narrator in prison or a psych ward. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads.

Vicki said...

The intro has me curious for sure.

Mystica said...

I like the opening para. I also like the cover.

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