Tuesday, December 20, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - A Christmas Escape; Anne Perry



Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph
 or two, of a book that I'm reading or will be reading soon. It's time for some Christmas themes.

A Christmas Escape; Anne Perry
Ballantine Books - 2015

"Charles Latterly stared across the untroubled sea at the shore they were fast approaching.  The mountain rose sharply, as symmetrical and uncomplicated as a child's drawing.  The sky above was midwinter blue.  At home in England they would be expecting snow at this time in December, but here, in Sicily, the wind off the salt water was mild.  The small boat barely rocked.

He had been looking forward to this break from reality of London, work and the routine of his life, which lately had seemed more meaningless than ever.  The recent death of his wife had given him an acute feeling of loss, but not in the way he had expected.  There was no deep ache of bereavement.  It forced him to realize that perhaps he had felt alone for a long time."

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

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28 comments:

  1. I would definitely want to keep reading. This one sounds good.

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  2. I really enjoy Anne Perry's books, although it's been awhile since I last read one. This sounds like a good one.

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    1. I haven't read many by here but this seems like it might be good.

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  3. Oh that is a melancholy opening - I'd definitely keep reading although I might wait until a less jolly time of year!

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  4. Hum, not quite sure if this is drawing me in. But I'd be willing to read a bit more to see.

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    1. I haven't started it yet but, hope to later this week.

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  5. may not be my thing, but the cover is sure cute! enjoy!

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  6. I would sure pass on this one.

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  7. I love Perry's series of detective stories but have not always been keen on her stand-alone or more modern ones. This one, although I agree it sounds a bit melancholy, does intrigue me. I can't help but wonder where it's going. I'd keep reading for sure.

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    1. I haven't started it yet but, hope to later this week.

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  8. I've read other books by this author so I'm sure I'd enjoy this one too. I like the way she sets the scene and creates a mood in the opening, and I'm wondering what changes will occur with this character.
    Thank you for hosting every week.

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  9. Maybe ... I need to know a little more to decide if I would choose this one.

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  10. How utterly sad. It makes me think of the uncle in The Secret Garden for some reason. I'd have to read a little more to know if I'd want to read this one.

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    1. I never thought of that comparison, it is a sad intro.

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  11. I don't know this author and nosiness would keep me reading. Since the newly dead wife is so softly dealt with I imagine that some love interest going to appear of Charles latterly before too long!
    Miss Cellany.

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  12. Oh, I'd definitely keep reading. I wish I had read this one this year. My question is, "Was it enough to keep you reading?" And what do you think of it so far? Just in case I stay up until 2am Christmas Eve reading it because of a favorable review!
    Best wishes,
    Judith

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    1. Judith, I haven't started it yet but like the cover and the intro so I'm looking forward to this one.

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  13. I read this last year. Probably wouldn't re-read it, but I do have more Anne Perry's on my shelf now so it couldn't have been too dreadful :)

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    1. I don't reread books either but, looking forward to beginning this one.

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  14. I'm not much of a one for Christmas stories so I don't think I'd keep reading but I do like the writing style. Enjoy.

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  15. I've never read anything by this author, but this book sounds appealing. Do let us know your thoughts once you've had a chance to give it a try.

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