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First Paragraph: A Quilt for Christmas

Today I’m featuring a Sandra Dallas book, A Quilt for Christmas. It’s a lovely civil war-era book that this author does so well. I’m sharing the first paragraph from the prologue: . Prologue November 20, 1864 It was a fine fall evening. The window carried the smell of rotting apples and woo smoke and a […]

First Paragraph: Thorne by Lisa Jackson

I’m reading a set of four books by Lisa Jackson. It’s all about the McCafferty’s, a ranch family in Montana. The oldest brother, Thorne, is featured in the first book. Here’s how the prologue begins: Last Summer    “The truth of the matter, son, is that I’ve got a request for you,” John Randall McCafferty […]

First Paragraph: The Language of Hoffbeats

I’m reading a newly-released book for a TLC Book Tour next week. It’s The Language of Hoffbeats. So far, I’m enjoying the story. Here’s the first two paragraphs: We were more than halfway to this new town whose name I’d forgotten again, and something was brewing in the back of the van. Not with the kids. With […]

First Paragraph: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I decided to reread this classic Jane Austen book. I can’t remember rereading it since my teen years. But Persuasion didn’t grab me at the beginning the way Pride and Prejudice did. See for yourself. Here’s the first and part of the second paragraph: Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man […]

First Paragraph: The American Way of Eating

I’m featuring an excellent non-fiction book this week. It reminds me a lot of Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Does anyone remember that one? This is a nice undercover journalistic piece about how our food goes from the fields to the numerous middle-men to our tables. Here’s how it begins: The first Brooklyn supermarket […]

First Paragraph: Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

This week I’m featuring the latest Jack Reacher novel. It’s doing quite well on the best seller lists because it’s really quite good. Here’s the first paragraph. Eight days ago my life was an up and down affair. Some of it good. Some of it not so good. Most of it uneventful. Long slow periods […]

First Paragraph: Dangerous Denial

I’m reading Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray for a book tour. I’ll be reviewing the book next Monday. So far, I’m really enjoying this very good mystery. Here’s how it begins: 1977 The clicking of someone’s heels echoed in the hall. Lenny longed to be outside. He stared at the clock as the second hand […]

First Paragraph: The White Princess

I’ve said it more than once, when you belong to a book club, you often end up reading a book or two that you would never otherwise read. The White Princess fits into that category for me. I was the only member who had never  read a Philippa Gregory historical novel. I haven’t started yet, […]

First Paragraph: One Minus One

This week I’m featuring one of Nancy Pearl’s favorite books: One Minus One by Ruth Doan MacDougal. I just started listening to it and, so far, so good. Here’s the first paragraph: I said to the cocktail waitress, “Is there any way to get to Hull without going around that damn traffic circle?” “Well, miss, […]

First Paragraph: The Goldfinch

I’ve had The Goldfinch by Donna Tardt on my list for quite some time. To tell you the truth, I put off reading it because of it’s size. It’s 755 pages or 32.5 hours! A book club friend finally convinced me I would be missing a great book if I didn’t read it. She said, […]