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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (July 21)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My opening comes from Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica which is due to be published by Harlequin on 28 July 2015.

Pretty Baby


A chance encounter
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
An act of kindness
Heidi has always been charitable but her family are horrified when she returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby in tow. Dishevelled and homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite the family’s objections, Heidi offers them refuge.
A tangled web of lies
As Willow begins to get back on her feet, disturbing clues into her past starts to emerge. Now Heidi must question if her motives for helping the stranger are unselfish or rooted in her own failures. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

The first time I see her, she is standing at the Fullerton Station, on the train platform, clutching an infant in her arms. She braces herself and the baby as the purple line express soars past and out to Linden. It’s the 8th of April, forty-eight degrees and raining. The rain lurches down from the sky, here, there and everywhere, the wind untamed and angry. A bad day for hair.

Please note that this was taken from a proof copy

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

46 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (July 21)

  1. My mother used to pick up strays in trains and bring them homw (except in her case it was an international train and she would bring compatriots to our home in Vienna and do the tourist sites with them.) They were never dangerous and many of them became good family friends. But I do sometimes wonder what would have happened if she’d misjudged them ever so slightly… It’s a great premise for a novel and I’ve heard good things about this author.


  2. I’ve already got this one on my list to read, as well as her first book. I’ve known people who brought strangers home with them, but I don’t know. Don’t think I’m brave enough or maybe it’s just that I had a policeman for a father and he taught me to be cautious. And lock the doors all the time. 🙂


  3. Oh, this does sound intriguing, Cleo! And it’s a really believable situation, too, where you simply see someone and can’t get that person out of your mind. I’ll be really keen to know what you think of this one, as it does sound intriguing.


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