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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 9)

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 first paragraph for the first time in weeks comes from a book without a prologue! Hats off to Linda Huber and her latest book Chosen Child.

Chosen Child


A disappearance. A sudden death. A betrayal of the worst kind.
Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.
Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.
And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy… Goodreads

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Saturday 3rd May

Ella held her breath, squinting at Rick ashe inched the Peugeot into the narrow space between a battered Clio and a shiny new BMW. He was nervous – of course he was, she was too – and it didn’t make the manoeuvre any easier. The Peugeot crept forward until Rick yanked the handbrake up, and Ella’s shoulders sagged in relief. A scrape on anyone’s car would have been the worst possible start to their first adoption party.

Please note this excerpt come from a proof copy

So what do you think? This is a fairly sedate start to a gripping book but…the killer question; do you want to know more?

If you have an opening to share, please leave your link in the comments box below.



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

41 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 9)

  1. Oh, this sounds so compelling, Cleo! Admittedly, the overview more than that first paragraph, but still, I’m interested.


  2. Now that you mention it, my book didn’t have a prologue either. I’m so used to books having them these days. Haha I love the cover of the book you’re featuring today. I do like the opening, but agree, it doesn’t give away the type of book the blurb describes. Sounds like it will be a good one!


  3. I really like the blurb here but not so keen on the intro. I am interested in the idea of adoption…though these normally end up with a child from hell 😀


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