Monday, October 25, 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, Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney, the first book in The Cambridge Bookshop series. The excerpt shared is from an eBook borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Thorndike, Vermont

Spring was much later than usual this year. The huge old maples in front of our farmhouse remained bare, their limbs shivering with each blast of cold northern wind. Only a few daffodils had dared to raise yellow, nodding heads, and these brave souls were soundly scolded for their impertinence when snowed upon. And inside the white farmhouse, which had hunkered low against storms and seasons and sorrows for more than two hundred years, all was quite grim.

Until the day the letter came. It was a Saturday afternoon, so I was home. The town library where I was assistant librarian closed at noon on Saturdays. But in a few more weeks, I wouldn't have a job at all. Budget cuts.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The opening paragraphs hint at a much-needed opportunity. I can't resist the start of a new series that features a librarian as a protagonist. And as a librarian, I can certainly (and unfortunately) relate to budget cuts. 


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  1. Great excerpt and cover! Thanks for sharing.

  2. A cozy in a library or bookshop, who could say no to that? lol
    Mine is a historical novel set in France, based on a famous author:

  3. I've read this one and enjoyed it so I would definitely keep reading! I hope you enjoy it as well!

  4. This is on my wishlist. I do love my cozies :)