Monday, March 8, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Glass House by Beatrice Colin.  It's historical fiction set in Scotland in the early part of the 20th century. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Prologue: Argyll, Scotland, June 1911

It was so still on the day of the funeral that you could hear the church bell echo back from the other side of the loch. The light was soft, diffuse, as if the sun itself had been wrapped in a white mourning veil. While fields of wheat whispered consolation to themselves, the hedgerows were filled with the bright shout of buttercups and campion, bluebells and cow parsley. Even in the shade the air was warm. It would be a good year for honey.


First Chapter:  Glasgow, June 1912

At the taxi rank on Gordon Street there was a small queue: three old ladies who fussed over a cat in a basket, a man with a wooden cane that tapped on the curb to some music he alone could hear, and a woman and a young girl with a trolley stacked high with bags and suitcases.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

I like the descriptive writing in both the prologue (I can picture the flowers) and the first paragraph (a vivid image of the people comes to mind). And I am looking forward to a story set in a town I have visited and where my mother's family lived for a time (both she and my grandmother were born in a neighboring Scottish town). 


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  1. I've read a few historical fiction lately and this sounds good. I like the setting too.

  2. Beautiful writing that helped me visualize the characters and the scenes. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE PERFECT MARRIAGE”

  3. I love the descriptive writing. It brings you right into that time era. Sounds like a good read.

  4. This looks absolutely gorgeous and I love the setting. I would definitely keep reading!