First Paragraph: Code Name Verity

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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This week I’m sharing a book that’s been on my shelves for a long time. I just started  it and am so sorry I waited. It’s a very compelling story about two young women who fly planes during World War II.


Ormaie 8.XL.43 JB-S


I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending. I spent the first twelve years of my life playing at the Battle of Stirling Bridge with my five big brothers—and even though I am a girl, they let me be William Wallace, who is supposed to be one of our ancestors, because I did the most rousing battle speeches. God, I tried hard last week. My God, I tried. But now I know I am a coward. After the ridiculous deal I made with SS-Haupsturmfuhrer von Linden, I know I am a coward. And I’m going to give you anything you ask, everything I can remember. Absolutely Every Last Detail.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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7 Responses to First Paragraph: Code Name Verity

  1. I do need to read this book – it’s been on my radar more or less since I started blogging as it got so many brilliant reviews. I like the opening and I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Beth F says:

    This has been on my radar too. I like the opening … I would keep going.

  3. I have been intrigued by the title and the description. Great excerpts, too! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “LITTLE BROKEN THINGS”

  4. Les in OR says:

    I would definitely keep reading, as this has been on my TBR list for several years.

  5. Nise' says:

    Loved this book. I listened on audio. Hope you enjoy it just as much.

  6. Diane says:

    I heard some good things about this one; I hope you are enjoying it.

  7. Claudia says:

    First I’ve heard of it, but definitely interested.

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