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

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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  1. My sister and mother both loved this book. She's planning to pass her copy along to me soon.

  2. Oh, I do like the sound of this one! I'll watch for it at the library.

  3. The cover keeps drawing my eye when I see it in the bookstore. It on my maybe one day I will read it list. Check out what book MK is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  4. I do like the setting; hope this is a good one.

  5. Haven't seen this book before but I like the intro and love the cover. I would keep reading.