Tuesday, April 5, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Children; Ann Leary


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon. 


The Children; Ann Leary
St. Martin's Press - May 2016


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"One August morning in 1956, Whit Whitman sat down to a breakfast of soft-boiled eggs and toast with his grandmother Trudy.  They dined outdoors on the wide front porch of Lakeside Cottage.  Whit's father had an early golf game that morning.  His mother and sister had gone for a sail on the lake.  Although he was only eight at the time, Whit would always remember what he and his grandmother talked about during their breakfast.  First, Trudy had described her displeasure at finding the family cat on her bed when she awoke.  She had thought it was her sweater and was alarmed when it sprang from her hands.  Then they had discussed the weather."


What do you think -- keep reading or pass? 
(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?








45 comments:

  1. I have this one, and can't wait to read it! Interesting opening lines.

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  2. I loved Ann Leary's The Good House. I didn't know she had a new book out. This one sound really interesting, Diane. I can see how someone could mistake a sleeping cat for a sweater. :-)

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    1. I loved the Good House as well and think this one may be good as well.

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  3. This is a new to me author but I do like that opening, quite gentle and yet it pulls you in and makes you want to know more!

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    1. I think it will be good, the first 2 chapters make me want more,

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  4. This opening intrigued me enough that I went over to Goodreads to get more information. Of course, the author is completely new to me. Well, what do you know? Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of this novel, and I promptly entered it! There are 100 copies available, and 916 people (now including me!) have entered the giveaway. I figure I have a pretty good chance to snag a copy, right?

    I know I'll enjoy reading this book (if I win a copy, but if not, I'll buy one). Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

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    1. It's good so far Maria, although I just started it.

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  5. I love that opening! This sounds like a great family story that I would enjoy.

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    1. Good House was excellent and think this will be a winner as well.

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  6. I agree it sounds like a good one. I liked The Good House, so I bet I'd like this.

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    1. Yes, I think she has a second winner on her hand from the first few chapters.

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  7. Yes, I really like the sound of this. I haven't heard of the author but shall look out for her now.
    Miss Cellany.

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  8. I love this intro! I listened to The Good House and while it took a while to get interested, it wound up being a favorite. I'm excited about this new book and will most certainly read or listen to it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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    1. I adored The Good House - hoping this will be as good.

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  9. The Good House was an audio favorite the year I listened, and this intro sounds promising, too. Can't wait to read it!

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    1. I read (no audio) the Good House and loved it. This has potential from the first 2 chapters.

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  10. I would keep eading. I wnt to find out about the children!

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    1. I have a feeling I will enjoy this one. I'll be sure to review it when I finish.

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  11. It sounds good....and I better get on the bandwagon because I haven't read The Good House! Keep reading!

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    1. Debbie, you need to try this author. The Good House was "good" LOL

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  12. I really like this opening, and I'm interested about what else they talked about over breakfast! I'd keep reading! I like the cover, too.

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  13. Ann Leary is a new author to me.

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  14. New author and new title for me. Yes from me.

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  15. I'd keep reading. I don't know who something bad is going to happen to but I feel like it will be bad and I need to know how much.

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    1. The first 2 chapters something does happen that will make readers want to keep reading.

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  16. This is a new title for me. I look forward to your review and now will watch for The Good House also.

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  17. That intro is a little bland for me...almost has a passive voice sound to it. I would have to read the first chapter to determine if I'd continue reading.

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  18. I'm not sure about this one... don't think it has quite hooked me

    Chippy

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    1. Sometimes you really can't tell from the intro though.

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  19. The opening is a bit boring, but I'd read on to see where the story is going.

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    1. Agree intro is not exciting but, the first 2 chapters were good so far.

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  20. I'll be reading this. I already have a copy waiting for me. I haven't read The Good House, but enough people seemed to like it.

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    1. Leslie hope you try Good House as well - very good.

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  21. I wondering why this conversation was so memorable. I'll read on to find out. I like the tone of the first paragraph too. (Sorry to be so late today. Life got away from me.)

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  22. This sounds really good! I have another book from Leary high up on my list and now this one looks really interesting too.

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  23. Sounds like some interest good memories right off the bat!

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  24. I'm definitely wondering what happened that made him always remember this moment.

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  25. This author is new to me and the opening doesn't grab me. I would have to read some reviews before considering this book.

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