Although I had every intention of reading another book on my TBR pile, Jennifer Robson's Moonlight Over Paris called to me the loudest. Here is the opening from the novel as well as a couple of teasers:
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
Belgravio, London December, 1923
Helena had heard, or perhaps she had read somewhere, that people on the point of death were insensible to pain. Enveloped in a gentle cloud of perfect tranquility, all earthly cares at an end, they simply floated into oblivion.
It was rubbish, of course, for she was in agony. Pain seized at her throat and ears, so fierce and corrosive that she could sleep only when they drugged her, and even then it chased her from one nightmare to the next. She hurt from her scalp to her fingernails to the soles of her feet, and despite that very real reminder of her state among the living, she knew the truth, too--she was dying.
Every Tuesday, Jenn from A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from 4% of Moonlight Over Paris:
"I'm a woman, not a piece of spun sugar, and I am perfectly capable of making sensible decisions. You know I am . . . "
and at 36%:
For a moment she thought it might be a trick of the light, but as he moved, drying himself carefully, she knew her eyes hadn't deceived her. His back was covered with scars, the skin there mottled red and white, like a half-healed sunburn, and the marks extended down the back of his arms and beneath the waistband of his trousers as well.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
This is my second Jennifer Robson novel, and right away I was pulled in. It is the story of a young English aristocrat who travels to Paris to attend art school and break away from her sheltered life. She pursues her dreams, makes friends among the Lost Generation and expatriates, including a Chicago Tribune journalist who had fought in the war. I love the writing and the Post World War I time period.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR Pile (inspired by Jamie's New To The Queue posts). I define TBR as being books I have on hand to read--not to be confused with wish list books, which I want but don't have copies of to read. I haven't added too many new books to my TBR pile yet this year. I have cut way back on requesting and purchasing books. So, this list represents books I have added to my TBR collection over the past couple months. Many of the titles may sound familiar to you as I have mentioned them on my blog before. Each of the covers are linked to the Goodreads page for each book in case you want to know more about the books.
1. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman ~ Blackhearts is getting a lot of positive buzz these days, and I sure hope it lives up to the hype. This is the story of a young man and the girl he loved--and how that man became the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
2. The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel ~ This is the first in a new Science Fiction/Mystery series.
3. A Covenant With Death by Stephen Becker ~ Crime Fiction is perhaps my favorite genre, of which legal thrillers fall. This particular book is being re-released this year, having been previously published in 1964.
4. No Cure for Love by Peter Robinson ~ I haven't read much by Peter Robinson, but what I have read I have enjoyed immensely. Although I especially love mysteries set in Great Britain, I was curious how Robinson would do with an American setting.
5. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War ~ Just looking at the list of authors who have stories included in this collection make me want to devour it on the spot. I enjoy a good love story as much as I do a war story and this collection seemed to good to pass up.
6. My Tempting Highlander by Maeve Greyson ~ This is the third in a series of which I have only read book two. While the one I read was good, I wasn't quite smitten with it. However, I was quite taken with one particular character who I just knew I wanted to know more about. It so happens he is the hero in My Tempting Highlander. I do enjoy Time travel, werewolves, and a daring romance. (Is it only me who wishes he'd pull up his jeans?)
7. The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler ~ The story of an elderly woman who hires a 15-year-old girl to transcribe her memories of a young woman who took to the skies as a pilot during World War II. You can see why I couldn't resist this book. It is one I had requested in December from Edelweiss.
8. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop ~ I have been waiting on pins and needles for this one--the 4th book in the Others dark fantasy series. The first three books in the series wow'd be last year. I am eager to dive into Bishop's latest. I let out a squeal when I was approved to review it through NetGalley.
9. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams ~ This is more of a loaner, sent to be via the Postal Mail Club (from from Becca Taylor). I will be reading it before the end of February and then sending it on its way again. It is about a young girl who is hoping to marry for love, but is ordered to marry her uncle instead. It has been awhile since I last read book about a cult and polygamy. This one sounds like it will be good.
10. After the War by Jennifer Robson ~ This one kind of slipped by me when it first came out. I couldn't resist purchasing a copy despite my current effort, to avoid buying books. This is the sequel to Robson's Somewhere in France, which I loved.
Have you read any of these titles? What books have you recently added to your TBR collection?
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