First Chapter First Paragraph: You Are My Only

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

I’m reading this lovely novel by Beth Kephart. She has such a beautiful way of using her words and phrases, and her characters feel so real. In the first paragraph she is setting up the setting for the story:

My house is a storybook house. A huff-and-a-puff-and-they’ll-blow-it-down house. The roof is soft; it’s tumbled. There are bushes growing tall past the sills. A single sprouted tree leans in from high above the cracked slate path, torpedoing acorns to the ground.

Splat and crack. Another acorn to the ground.

What do you think? Does the author’s use of language intrigue you?

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About Margot

I'm also known as Joyfully Retired. I love to talk. I love to talk about books I've read, movies I've seen, places I've traveled to, people (especially my children and grandchildren), and Food. On the Quirky Girls Read blog I'm trying to read all the books that have won the major awards and then, of course, talk about them.
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8 Responses to First Chapter First Paragraph: You Are My Only

  1. jehara says:

    This book has been on my radar for a few months now. I have read such good reviews of it. I like this opening paragraph. It definitely captures my attention.

  2. Oh, I adored this book, and a large part of the intrigue was the language. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Margot says:

    I’m just a couple of chapters in but I’m already loving it. The characters are definitely different so that makes it special. The other thing I like is the author herself. She’s been a good presence in the book blogging community and I appreciate that.

  4. kaye says:

    I do like the way she described the house, I would keep reading. I hope you are having a nice holiday. Merry Christmas. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  5. izzybella says:

    I’m with Kaye. That first bit sucked me right in and I’m wanting more now. I think I will have to check this one out.

  6. I do love the writing style and language. Hope this one is as good as it seems. Enjoy Margot and Happy Holidays

  7. Nise' says:

    I love Beth’s books. Enjoy.

  8. I definitely want to know more about this book just based on the language!

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