First Paragraph: Only Time Will Tell

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

I just finished reading Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. It’s the first book in his planned five-book family chronicle. Here’s how it all starts:

I was told my father was killed in the war.

Whenever I questioned my mother about his death, she didn’t say any more than that he’d served with the Royal Gloucesteshire Regiment and had been killed fighting on the Western Front only days before the Armistice was signed. Grandma said my dad had been a brave man, and once when we were alone in the house she showed me his medals. My grandpa rarely offered an opinion on anything, but then he was deaf as a post so he might not have heard the question in the first place.

What do you think of this paragraph?

Would you keep reading?

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4 Responses to First Paragraph: Only Time Will Tell

  1. Beth F says:

    I like the mix of humor and mystery. I’d keep reading.

  2. I would definitely continue. I like Archer and that intro pulls me in. Thanks for joining in this week; I appreciate it.

  3. Staci says:

    I love it! I want to know why they’re keeping a secret!!!

  4. kaye says:

    I’d keep reading. My aunt told me I should read this author’s books. She says he is a pretty good author.

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