Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Firsts: Shadowbrook

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?

Shadowbrook: A Novel of Love, War, and the Birth of America
Miserere mei, Deus...Have mercy on me, Lord, according to the greatness of Your mercy.
The five women had no mercy on themselves.
They beat their backs with knotted cords. Each wore a black veil, pulled forward so it shadowed her face, and a thin gray robe called a night habit.
Hmmm...Not at all how I expected this novel to start, which the header on the back cover says is "A sweeping tale of love, ambition, and a war that ignited a revolution..." Guess I'll have to read on!
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1 comment:

  1. You're right--it doesn't sound like a sweeping tale of love, etc. Hmmm.


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