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First Paragraph: Emma by Jane Austin

I’m long overdue for a re-read of Emma. I just started it over the weekend and, of course, I’m enjoying it. Anyone have fond memories of Emma? Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one […]

First Paragraph: The American Heiress

I’m listening to The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. Its a good tale of an extremely rich American girl who marries an English duke. Here’s how the novel begins. I apologize for the long first paragraph. Chapter 1 The Hummingbird Man Newport, Rhode Island, August 1893 The visiting hour was almost over, so the hummingbird […]

First Paragraph: A Week In Winter

I’m reading/listening to a great Maeve Binchy book. It’s A Week In Winter. Already I want to be in this small town on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. I’m meeting some wonderful characters. I know I’ll be sad when my “week” is over. Here’s how the story starts: Everyone had their own job to do […]

First Paragraph: Gray Mountain by John Grisham

There’s  not much that can beat a good John Grisham novel for me.  I love the dilemmas he always presents. They all have an element of good vs. evil, but they’re much more complicated than that. Gray Mountain is John Grisham’s latest book. It’s set in the coal mining area of Appalachia. In this first […]

First Paragraph: Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstucting Amelia by Kimberly McCreight is a book club read. I’m really enjoying the book, but I doubt everyone will. One of my friends said this was “one of those mean-girl” books. Have you read it? Here’s how it begins: eRaCeFULLY SEPTEMBER 5TH Because there are 176 definitions for the word loser on urban dictionary.com. Don’t […]

First Paragraph: I’ll Give You the Sun

I’m reading an exceptionally good young adult novel, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It didn’t start out that way for me. It took a few pages for the story to grab me. So — I’m curious about what you think. If you’ve already read this book, tell me what you think. Noah Age […]

First Paragraph: An Innocent Client

A new year, a new book, a new series. I’m almost done reading An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt. I really like this one. I may have to keep reading the rest of the books in this series. An Innocent Client is book #1. Here’s how it starts: Part I April 12 7:00 A.M. It […]

First Paragraph: The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan has been one of my favorite authors, ever since I read The Joy Luck Club. I’ve learned she also lives here in northern California. I hope some day to meet her. In the meantime, I’m reading her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Here’s how it begins: Hidden Jade Path Shanghai 1905-1907 Violet […]

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 […]