Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Paying Guests; Sarah Waters

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. This novel is quite long (nearly 600 pages) but very good so far.

The Paying Guests; Sarah Waters
Riverhead Books - Sept 2014

"The Barbers had said they would arrive by three.  It was like waiting to begin a journey, Frances thought.  She and her mother had spent the morning watching the clock, unable to relax.  At half-past two she had gone wistfully over the rooms for what she supposed was the final time; after that there had been a nerving-up, giving way to a steady deflation, and now, at almost five, here she was again, listening to the echo of her own footsteps, feeling no sort of fondness for the sparsely furnished spaces, impatient simply for the couple to arrive, move in, get it over with."
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What do you think?

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43 comments:

  1. Oh, it is so nerve-wracking waiting for guests to arrive, especially if you have mixed feelings...this one sounds good. I want to know more.

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    1. Isn't that the truth Laurel? I am not a social butterfly and find company (except for my own kids) stressful.

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  2. This author is on my should-read list. I like how she raised my curiosity with this opening paragraph. Yes, I'd keep reading.

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    1. Oh, I just love her writing. I've read all but 2 of her books - try her Margot

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  3. Yeah, I don't like waiting either. Nice opener.
    Hope September brings you blessing, Diane.

    Kay

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  4. This sounds interesting. Waiting is always hard.

    I'd keep going.

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  5. I have read this already because I would read anything by this author!

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    1. Oh Jill, may have missed your review (I'll wait till I finish). I do love her writing.

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  6. Thank you. I enjoyed reading the first line and first paragraph. I hope it's enjoyable.

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  7. I do like the sound of this one...and the cover. I'd keep reading.

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  8. Yes, it sounds intriguing . . . I would definitely keep going! I am also a Sarah Waters fan, so I suppose I'm pre-disposed to want to read it anyway!

    Thanks for hosting this meme . . . I am participating for the first time. :)

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  9. I always have the same feeling when guests come, just waiting for them to get there so the visit can actually start. But somehow I have the feeling something else is going on here! Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Juli, oh yes, waiting is only the beginning. Very good so far.

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  10. This author is new to me, but I would read on. I am a pacer too while waiting for guest to arrive. I wonder how the story goes from here?

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    1. Me too Judi, I have this nervous energy while waiting and tend to dust or something to keep busy.

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  11. Great intro! I enjoy Waters and plan to read this one, too.

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    1. Oh yes, she can create a very atmospheric story that keeps one turning pages.

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    1. She is quite talented. Try her novels if you have not done so yet.

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  13. I would like to know what is going on!

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    1. Well, Brian it's a long book but the first few chapters makes me want more.

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  14. I enjoyed the intro. I'm glad you are enjoying this one so far!

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    1. Oh Pat, it is very good and if you read between the lines you sense it will only get better.

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  15. Always fun to see what you are sharing Diane, thank you :)

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  16. I've been seeing this one around as one to watch for Fall...the blurb wasn't really grabbing me, but I do like the intro! Will be interested to hear your thoughts.

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  17. Sounds interesting! I want to know more. I would keep reading.

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  18. I have yet to read a Sarah Waters' book. She's on my must read list though.

    I didn't post today--busy weekend and I didn't prep last week. :-( I will be back next week though.

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  19. I can relate being impatient as well. Great intro.

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  20. I requested this on First To Read (Penguin) but was apparently not deemed worthy for this particular book. (Loved The Mathematician's Shiva which I did "earn", though.) Anyway, ever since I read Sarah Water's Little Stranger, I've been enamored with her work. This looks great, too.

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    1. Aww, too bad:( Guess what? I was approve for an eGalley of, The Mathematician's Shiva, and when I tried to download it yesterday, it said it was already archived...boo hoo.

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  21. I think the beginning is good, I want to know why they are leaving and who is coming. I'd keep reading. Have a good week.

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  22. I just received this book for review, and yep, I'd read on!

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  23. I think I would read on for sure ... want to find out who they are waiting for and what will happen.

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