Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Firsts: Lake in the Clouds

The first line can make or break a reader's interest.
How well did the author pull you into the story
with their first sentence?

Lake in the CloudsIn the spring of Elizabeth Middleton Bonner's thirty-eighth year, when she believed herself to be settled, secure and well beyond adventure, Selah Voyager came to Paradise.
While technically there's nothing wrong with this first line, and it does let me know right away that Elizabeth (the heroine of the first two novels in this series) is alive and well, still living in Paradise and about to embark on another adventure, this is what I would call a kind of "cop-out" first line. I didn't necessarily want to know all of that in the first line of the story. I think I would have liked to have had that information teased out a little bit over a few pages to re-acquaint myself with the character and draw me into her life again.

That being said, I've read the first ten chapters of this book and I've been sucked right into the story regardless of having so much divulged in the first line.

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1 comment:

  1. I really like this series and I am very much looking forward to the new book, even though I am a bit sad that it is the last. Can't say I have given that first line much thought before though.


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