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


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.


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.


when I had our second daughter, Sarah."

"If you Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Lende


From Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ( ) by Caitlin Doughty.


From Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ( ) by Caitlin Doughty.

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


to Copper Ridge.

Part Time Cowboy, by Maisey Yates.


and stole along the hallway.
From the Prologue to Amy Snow by Tracy Rees
Chapter One begins: I know they are watching me go.


From "Freeze Frame", by Peter May.


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


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 :-)


wingNu-Kneeswing 11 mos ago
Bill is gone.
From On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry


fortunate, because he left Grandma Mazur his false teeth.

- Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich -


of the Tungabhadra River.

From The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan


"Here's the thing about cults: I see them everywhere. "

Brave by Rose McGowan


opened his eyes from his not-so-sweet dreams. The book is Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas.


more splendid than any bird I've known, and somehow mine to fly.
From Circling the Sun by Paula McLain


From The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


From Louise Penny Believes by Mobile Library (sic)


From Still Life by Louise Penny


The book is Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli. 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 ( ) by James Runcie.


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


pinklady60 11 mos ago
From The Grand Tour by Adam O'Fallon Price


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.


about whose fault it was that he'd fallen in love with me.

From Girl in a Blue Coat by Monica Hesse


Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass


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


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


she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.
From Dead Cold by Louise Penny


Sorcha led her children through the gloom toward home.

From Dark Witch by Nora Roberts 12705345


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan.


the cars and buses, the pavements and pedestrians.
From PS From Paris by Marc Levy


Mrs. Patty Pounder to Marie Antoinette.

- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty -


The Silver Locomotive Mystery by Edward Marston.


'Herdman lost his marbles,that's all.' From ..A Question of Blood. An Inspector Rebus novel. By Ian Rankin.


The book is The Three Miss Magarets by Louise Schaffer.


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 -


no one had consulted me.

From Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire


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 . . . .


owing to the very defective railway system which hardly attempts to serve it, to a great extent unspoilt.
From August Folly by Angela Thirkell


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


- Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand -


From the Prologue to The Postcard by Fern Britton
The first chapter begins: Penny Leighton didn't feel right.


From Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves


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.


in front of the Tian-ma Teahouse.

From Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan


each of us with a plastic container in one hand and a feather brush in the other.

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde


from The Reverse Of The Medal by Patrick O'Brian


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.


From Featherstone by Kirsty Gunn


- Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh -


slowly filtering into her brain.
From Vortex Manor by Elaine Bamford


Granted by John David Anderson


the electric streetlamps, giving off tiny sparks like flint.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen


when I noticed my college-age niece buried in a book."
52 Little Lessons From Les Miserables by Bob Welch


Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith


Lullaby, by Claire Seeber.


backpack bouncing and her dark hair flying behind her like blackbirds.

- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen -


I woke up in a Norman castle.
From The Co-op's Got Bananas by Hunter Davies


From Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm by Phillipa Ashley


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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