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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 7)

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.

This week my book choice is A Life Between Us by Louise Walters, author of Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase which was a huge hit with me. A Life Between Us will be published on 28 March 2017.



Tina Thornton’s twin sister Meg died in a childhood accident, but for almost forty years Tina has secretly blamed herself for her sister’s death. During a visit to her aging Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia, who both harbour dark secrets of their own, Tina makes a discovery that forces her to finally question her memories of the day her sister died.

Who, if anyone, did kill Meg? As Tina finds the courage to face the past, she unravels the tangled family mysteries of her estranged parents, her beautiful French Aunt Simone, the fading, compassionate Uncle Edward, and above all, the cold, bitter Aunt Lucia, whose spectral presence casts a long shadow over them all.

A Life Between Us is a beautifully evocative story of a family torn apart at the seams, which will appeal to readers who enjoy family sagas and modern-day mysteries. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


JULY 2014

Lucie wandered from room to empty room. The house whispered to her, echoing with the sounds and colours of days gone by. The removal men hovered outside. The taxi she’d booked had arrived, and the driver tapped his steering wheel, looking hopefully at the house, the engine of his car ticking over. They could all wait. In the small bedroom at the back of the house she gazed for the last time at the green fields, the clouds gathering in the distance, the summer hedges in full flow. The cows grazed as they had always grazed, the sun shone over the fields like it had always shone and always would. She crept into the room that had once been her parents’, then her mother’s, then for many years her brother’s. It was a particularly barren room, scarred by the removal of its furniture. The wallpaper had faded to a forgettable off-white, where it had once been a rich cream scattered with tiny rosebuds. This was a house that breathed its history; it sighed and whispered of those tragedies, of which there had been two. Unforgivable events that could not be undone, like all tragedies. But Lucie hoped they could now, at last, be forgotten.

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I don’t usually choose my excerpt from the prologue but I think this one gives us a real flavour of what brought us to this point and if I’m honest it was hard to put this aside and read the book currently on the go.

Would you keep reading?


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

32 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 7)

  1. I would keep reading. The prologue is beautifully written though it sounds like an emotional read.I do like a good book with some family secrets though. Looking forward to your review.


  2. What a fascinating premise, Cleo! Just on that score, I’d read on. And the prologue – what you’ve shared of it – is very well-written. I’ll be really interested in knowing what you think of it when you’ve finished.


  3. I love books about family secrets and the bit that your shared makes me want to go find this book…or rather put it on my list to find when it’s published. I have not read MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE. Perhaps I should go find that one for the time being.


  4. That prologue is filled with so many emotions: sadness, loss, memories of better times, as well as the tragedies that overshadow everything. I do want to pick this one up now! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  5. I like the style of writing and it’s an intriguing premise, so I might read on – but I’d wait for your review first before deciding, of course… πŸ™‚


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