Tuesday, November 9, 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 Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version of the book borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Kerrigan Falls, Virginia
October 8, 2004

It was the wrong dress; Lara realized that now.

It was the color of old bones. The intricate platinum beading dripped down the dress's fitted bodice in a scrolled pattern. Mid-thigh, the long chiffon skirt emerged, sweeping the floor with a dramatic five-foot train. Tugging at the garment, she looked in the mirror and frowned. Yes, she was definitely disappointed  with this dress.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

A dual timeline--1925 Paris and 2004 Virginia . . . a secret circus during the Belle Epoque period and the disappearance of a woman's fiance in present times. . . what is the connection? After seeing a recent interview with the author, I was compelled to request a copy of this book from the library.


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  1. I do like how an opening about clothing will go to some interesting places. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I'd keep reading. I love the cover and the excerpt.

  3. wow, Paris and Belle Epoque, what's not to love?
    Mine is a historical novel also set in France.
    The book is available for review and/or as a giveaway: