First Paragraph: Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly

Every Tuesday Vicki at I’d Rather Be At the Beach shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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I started reading Lilac Girls this wekend and, so far, I’m really enjoying it. It’s another World War II story by a debut author, Martha Hall Kelly. Here’s the first paragraph:


Chapter 1
September 1939

If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta. I would have slept in. Instead, I roused our florist. Mr. Sitwell, from his bed to make a boutonniere. My first consulate gala was no time to stand on ceremony.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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7 Responses to First Paragraph: Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly

  1. Kay says:

    I’ve heard good things about this book. One of my mystery group members recommended it at our December meeting. That’s the one where we talk about our ‘best of’ books, which don’t have to be mysteries. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Lilac Girls is on my list to read–and I have a copy around here somewhere. Enjoy it and thanks for putting it back on my radar.

  3. Kathy Martin says:

    This book is new to me. It’s not my usual genre but it does sound good. This week I’m featuring a book that has been sitting on TBR mountain way too long – Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn. Happy reading!

  4. I have been eyeing this one for a while…love that intro, and the image of bone china shattering on terra-cotta. Very dramatic!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. Vicki says:

    I’ve read so many good reviews of this book. It may end up on my list.

  6. Oh yes this does sound lovely – thank you so much for sharing that opening – the foretelling is wonderfully evocative.

  7. Yvonne says:

    I like stories set around World War II. I’ll have to add this one to my wishlist.

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