It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
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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