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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 27)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Vicky from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who 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.

In 2016 I read a novel that stole a piece of my heart; My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal so imagine my excitement to hear that this talented author has a new book, The Trick To Time out on 22 March 2018.


Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage – before a sudden tragedy tears them apart.

Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again? Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Five o’clock, Monday morning, there’s a purple light far out to sea. When they pulled down the old wreck of a factory between Mona’s building and the next, they gave her the gift of a view, and because she’s three floors up, if she leans against the window at an angle, now she can just see over the chalets and beach huts to the dawn-bruised clouds and the rosy hue of early morning sun. She makes toast and a cup of tea. The third night of not sleeping.

I love the opening, I can see Mona at her window and I both long and dread to find out why she has not slept for three nights.

This opener comes from a proof copy

What do you think, would you like to read on?


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

36 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 27)

  1. I like the imagery and descriptiveness from the first sentence. It makes it easy to visualize the scene. This sounds like an interesting read. I hope that you will enjoy it.


  2. I like the vivid imagery here, Cleo. And the premise sounds interesting, too. I’m also intrigued by the mystery of what happened to the couple. I’ll be keen to know what you think of it when you’ve finished it.


  3. Great opening! I can visualize her surroundings and I definitely want to know more about what is happening.

    I love discovering a new book from an author I love. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  4. I love the opening too (apart from the PT, of course) – I love the idea of “dawn-bruised clouds”. I also spent some time in Birmingham in the ’70s – will be interested to hear what you think of this one…


    1. Well that was a turn-up and I think this author does really know her craft – I didn’t expect to enjoy My Name is Leon as much as I did (child narrators always being a bit difficult to pull off well) and I so like the idea of visiting 1970s Birmingham – even more interesting for you if you were there… for some reason I didn’t think you’d ever left Scotland. You learn something new every day!

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      1. I only spent a few months in Birmingham as part of training for a job, but I lived in London for several years. In fact, it was while I was in London that I became so Scottish… a kind of one-woman protest movement! 😉


  5. I would. It’s hard to kind of tell from just the first paragraph of this book but the mind automatically has questions pop up after reading it :-).
    I don’t participate in this meme on my blog, but thought I’d do it here:
    From Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
    The boy was beautiful.
    Caramel-smooth skin, honeydew-sweet smile. Black curls on the right side of unruly. Strong hands and hard muscle and his eyes, O, Daughters, his eyes. Five thousand fathoms deep. Pulling you in to laugh even as he drowned you.


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