First Paragraph: The Lilac Bouquet

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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I’m almost done reading this very sweet novel by Carolyn Brown. It’s a story involving multiple generations. Here’s how the story begins:


Chapter One

There are no secrets in Hickory, Texas—except for whatever was between Seth Thomas, Jesse Grady, and Tandy Massey. And since they were now in their early eighties, it might be that they’d take that secret to the grave with them. Usually Emmy Jo Massey’s grandmother, Tandy, laughed off rumors, but that night she was doing a tap dance on her soapbox,

“Over my damn dead body.” Tandy shook a wooden spoon at her great-granddaughter. “You are not going to work for Seth Thomas in any form or fashion, and I mean it. And you damn sure are not going to live in that house.”

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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8 Responses to First Paragraph: The Lilac Bouquet

  1. Oh yes that opener has grabbed me – I want to know what Seth Thomas has done.

  2. Emma says:

    Secrets – how you could not read on?

  3. Beth F says:

    Secrets held for decades between frenemies? Yep, I’d keep reading.

  4. The opening caught my attention and hooked me. I’d keep reading.

  5. Kathy Martin says:

    That opening made me curious. I would read on. This week I am showcasing Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Happy reading!

  6. Great opener! I also love that cover…so deceptively sweet and good for a book that is sure to have dark secrets. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  7. Yes! I want to know why Tandy is so against Seth.

  8. Diane says:

    I like the cover and intro about secrets – curious for more. I hope you are enjoying this one.

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