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The February First Sentence Thread

Time to start a new thread for reporting, comparing and contrasting the first sentences of the books we read :-)
Thanks!

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Time to start a new thread for reporting, comparing and contrasting the first sentences of the books we read :-)
Thanks!
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From the Introduction to The Last Word by Ben Macintyre
The first section begins: In the summer of 1945 Mrs Irene Graham, of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, was told that a German prisoner of war from the nearby camp would be coming to help her in the garden.
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From the Preface to The World of Samuel Pepys by Robert and Linnet Latham
The first chapter begins: It was one of the greatest miracles in our history that in 1660 the Puritan Revolution was overthrown and the monarchy restored without foreign intervention or civil war.
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when I had our second daughter, Sarah."

"If you Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Lende
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From Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14880220 ) by Caitlin Doughty.


With an opening line like that it has to go on my wishlist. Definitely gets my attention.
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to Copper Ridge.

Part Time Cowboy, by Maisey Yates.
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and stole along the hallway.
From the Prologue to Amy Snow by Tracy Rees
Chapter One begins: I know they are watching me go.
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From "Freeze Frame", by Peter May.
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of the Hotel de la Plage formed a dazzling halo around the man sitting opposite Betty Farmer with his back to the sea, laughing as he tucked into the six-shilling Sunday Roast Special "with all the trimmings".

from Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

The true story of spy Eddie Chapman
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from Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

I've just started reading that author's book about words and language and all sorts of related thoughts that originally started life as a column in The Times! An easy to read writing style :-)
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From On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
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fortunate, because he left Grandma Mazur his false teeth.

- Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich -
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of the Tungabhadra River.

From The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan
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"Here's the thing about cults: I see them everywhere. "

Brave by Rose McGowan
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opened his eyes from his not-so-sweet dreams. The book is Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas.
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more splendid than any bird I've known, and somehow mine to fly.
From Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
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From The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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From Louise Penny Believes by Mobile Library (sic)
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The book is Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli.
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...it must be stated, at the very beginning of this sad and extraordinary tale, that I have been most grievously misunderstood."

From The Discovery of Chocolate ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14881545 ) by James Runcie.
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the silence of that cold winter morning was absolute, save for the crunch of breaking ice as her Doc Martens stamped through the puddles that ran ribbon-like along the rutted track.
From A Matter of Trust by Robin Pilcher
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Sir?

From The Grand Tour by Adam O'Fallon Price
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you would not find it mentioned by name, though Black Law Farm is.
From the Prologue to The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeve
Chapter One begins: Rachael turned off the metalled road, then stopped with a jerk.
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about whose fault it was that he'd fallen in love with me.

From Girl in a Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
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the wild, salty, tangled curls stretch out and pull into the soft waves she was more accustomed to.

The Girl in the Photograph, by Kristy Ferry
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Maggie O'Connell and Pearl McCleary threw caution to the winds, disgrace was bound to follow.

Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part-time Husband by Barbara Toner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14807590
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she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.
From Dead Cold by Louise Penny
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Sorcha led her children through the gloom toward home.

From Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/ 12705345
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan.
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the cars and buses, the pavements and pedestrians.
From PS From Paris by Marc Levy
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Mrs. Patty Pounder to Marie Antoinette.

- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty -
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The Silver Locomotive Mystery by Edward Marston.
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'Herdman lost his marbles,that's all.' From ..A Question of Blood. An Inspector Rebus novel. By Ian Rankin.
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The book is The Three Miss Magarets by Louise Schaffer.
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important to say to you before he passes, two feelings flash through you: first, the sense that you're in an Alexandre Dumas novel, that some momentous family secret is about to be revealed -- the lost inheritance, your true paternity, something like that.

- The Death Factory by Greg Iles -
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no one had consulted me.

From Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
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From The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan
She starts thus, then goes off on a huge tangent before starting again with:
If you've ever flown into London . . . .
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owing to the very defective railway system which hardly attempts to serve it, to a great extent unspoilt.
From August Folly by Angela Thirkell
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but all she could see were tall hedges towering above her on either side in a long dark tunnel stretching up the hill in front of her - to where, she had absolutely no idea.
From The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
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- Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand -
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From the Prologue to The Postcard by Fern Britton
The first chapter begins: Penny Leighton didn't feel right.
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sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendant's table- the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as this is possible at his own trial.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.
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in front of the Tian-ma Teahouse.

From Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
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each of us with a plastic container in one hand and a feather brush in the other.

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14909826
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once the housekeeper and the gardener had left for the day.
From the Prologue to The Heart of the Garden by Victoria Connelly.
The first chapter begins: There were five bedrooms, a dining room, a sitting room and a study at Garrard House, but Anne Marie didn't feel comfortable in any of them.
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From Featherstone by Kirsty Gunn
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- Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh -
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slowly filtering into her brain.
From Vortex Manor by Elaine Bamford
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the electric streetlamps, giving off tiny sparks like flint.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12737667
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when I noticed my college-age niece buried in a book."
52 Little Lessons From Les Miserables by Bob Welch
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Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
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backpack bouncing and her dark hair flying behind her like blackbirds.

- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen -
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I woke up in a Norman castle.
From The Co-op's Got Bananas by Hunter Davies
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From Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm by Phillipa Ashley
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and Lucy Picklescott had a whole thirty-five minutes to herself before she was due back for the rest of the afternoon shift.
From Lucy's Little Village Book Club by Emma Davies

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