I am feeling too lazy to run upstairs and get my Kindle to share a teaser from my current read, and so I thought I would share something from Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal, which is coming up soon on my TBR pile. It seems the perfect choice to share given it is a love story--and today is Valentine's Day.
Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.
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.
The Ellsworths of Long Parkmead had the regard of their neighbours in every respect. The Honourable Charles Ellsworth, though a second son, through the generosity of his father had been entrusted with an estate in the neighbourhood of Dorchester. It was well appointed and used only enough glamour to enhance its natural grace, without overlaying so much illusion as to be tasteless. His only regret, for the estate was a fine one, was that it was entailed, and as he had only two daughters, his elder brother's son stood next in line to inherit it. Knowing that, he took pains to set aside some of his income each annum for the provision of his daughters.
Every Tuesday, Ambrosia from The Purple Booker hosts Teaser Teaser at which participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two or more sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from page 105 from Shades of Milk and Honey:
Jane sat in silence, struggling to compose herself. If she had any hope of taming her sister's notions of propriety, then she would have to find a way to mend this breach between them.What do you think? Would you keep reading?
I hope to start this one before the end of the month.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday them is All About Romance, and so I thought I would share ten of my favorite romantic quotes from books I have read over the years.
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you."
~ Persuasion by Jane Austen
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"I've never had a moment's doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life."
~ Atonement by Ian McEwan
"Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches [...] I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…"
~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman
“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
“Is love this misguided need to have you beside me most of the time? Is love this safety I feel in our silences? Is it this belonging, this completeness?”
~ Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm.”
~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once."
~ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love."
~ Hamlet by William Shakespeare
I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent.
~ The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Do you have any favorite romantic quotes? Would any of these make your list?
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I love those two quotes from The Princess Bride! :)ReplyDelete
Lauren @ Always Me
Lauren - Those are favorites. :-)Delete
Shades of Milk and Honey is a new title for me. Hope you enjoy it.ReplyDelete
Catherine - I am looking forward to reading it! It comes highly recommended. :-)Delete
What wonderful and beautiful quotes you found. Ah. They makeme want to swoon.ReplyDelete
Anne - Thank you! I love all of those novels. (I swooned too.)Delete
You've included some beautiful quotes!ReplyDelete
Chrissi - Thank you!Delete
After reading your first paragraph and teaser, I'm ready to read a good love story. I love all you quotes too. Happy Valentines Day.ReplyDelete
Margot - I think I will be ready for a good love story when I finish The Handmaid's Tale. :-) Happy Valentine's Day to you too!Delete
Great quotes and I love the sound of your Tuesday intro. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Heather - Thank you! I can't wait to read Shades of Milk and Honey.Delete
Nice! I love the Princess Bride quotes, and the first Pride & Prejudice one too. :)ReplyDelete
Greg - I probably should have shortened the one Princess Bride quote, but I love the entire quote. :-)Delete
Not that I'm much of a romantic but love the quotes.ReplyDelete
Emma - I admit I'm not big on quotes, but I do love these. :-)Delete
I love the quotes! And Shades of Milk and Honey sounds interesting, I can't wait for your review!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - I was really drawn to these particular quotes. I am glad you liked them. :-) I am looking forward to reading Shades of Milk and Honey!Delete
I love the quotations that you choose.ReplyDelete
The passage from he Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is fantastic. One can fall in love with books.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Brian - Thank you! I tried to pick one that spoke to me--or that I wouldn't mind my husband repeating to me. :-) I couldn't help but share Alexie's qupte. I figured we book lovers could appreciate his sentiment. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Brian!Delete
What a great idea to do quotes. I love them all, even though I haven't read most of the books yet.ReplyDelete
Sanne - I hope you get a chance to read some of the books some day. :-)Delete
What lovely quotes so perfect for today.ReplyDelete
Cleo - Thank you! I thought it was fitting. :-)Delete
Lovely romantic quotes! I was going to say 'especially from', but really all of them. And the teaser book - somehow what you shared reminded me of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY a bit. And then you had other Austen quotes. Great job, Wendy! Happy Valentine's Day!ReplyDelete
Kay - Thank you! Shades of Milk and Honey was inspired by Jane Austen's novels, so your connecting it to Sense and Sensibility is no surprise to me. :-) I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day too, Kay!Delete
It sounds very Austen-like, which is a good thing in my mind. Great romantic quotes too.ReplyDelete
Beth - It does, doesn't it? I believe it's meant to, so hopefully it will live up to my expectations. :-)Delete
Funny, I love romances, but romantic quotes? No, they just don't work for me. I think it's because I'm trying to imagine my wonderful (but quite un-romantic) husband saying any of them to me!ReplyDelete
Deb - I only went with the ones I wish my husband would say to me. LOLDelete
I recognize so many of those quotes! And nice teaser too.ReplyDelete
My TT from Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Laura - They are memorable, aren't they?Delete
Thanks for sharing the wonderful quotes.ReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental My TT
Sherry - You're welcome. :-)Delete
You picked great quotes! I recognized some of them before reading the titles. Lovely teaser too.ReplyDelete
My teaser for the week.
Majanka - Thank you! They are pretty memorable, aren't they?Delete
I love that you could come up with 10 romantic quotes! I'm reading Finders Keepers by Stephen King. I'm just getting started but I'm sure I'll like it.ReplyDelete
Kathy - It wasn't easy! Haha I had to duplicate some titles, but the quotes were just too good to pass on. I hope you enjoy Finders Keepers. It sounds good.Delete
I read Shades of Milk and Honey awhile ago and quite liked it! I hope you do as well. :-) Thanks for sharing all the lovely romantic quotes - those from Jane Austen's books and from The Princess Bride are some of my favorites as well. Be still my heart!ReplyDelete
Here's my Teaser for this week - not a particularly romantic choice though, I'm afraid! http://bit.ly/2lc6tKY
Kym - I am glad to hear you enjoyed Shades of Milk and Honey. I'm looking forward to reading it.Delete
I just love those quotes too! Now to get my husband to read them to me. Haha
This book is on my stacks. Love the quotes. One of my favorites is: ‘When the day shall come that we do part,’ he said softly, and turned to look at me, ‘if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.’ReplyDelete
-Jamie Fraser to Claire
Nise' - I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it--and that I do too! I love the quote you shared. I haven't read Outlander, I'm afraid, but I do know who Jamie and Claire are at least. :-)Delete
I loved this whole series. Regency manners and magic made it perfect for me. This week my teaser comes from I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I am glad to hear you loved it, Kathy. It sounds like something I would really like too--so I am looking forward to reading it. :-)Delete
Shades of Milk and Honey has a lovely cover...but as I read the excerpts, I am reminded once again of why I am glad not to live in that era, with women as problems for fathers to solve...GRRR.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.
Laurel-Rain - It wasn't the greatest era for women, was it? I do enjoy reading about that time period now and then though.Delete
Great quotes! Sounds like an interesting series; I do like the Regency period.ReplyDelete
Jenclair - Thank you! I'm looking forward to giving the series a try. :-)Delete
I just finished Carrie Fisher's new book this morning. There was some romance in it of a sort. lolReplyDelete
Kelly - I hope you enjoyed it!Delete
My TT this week 'Miranda and Caliban' is definitely a love story. But the quote I'm offering is from 'Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy that Gabriel Oak gives to Bathsheba... “And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you.ReplyDelete
-Gabriel Oak” I love that one since I first read it aged 16 and now I've married the man who does that:).
Sarah - That's a lovely quote! Thank you for sharing.Delete
That quote from Persuasion is my favorite. Swoon! Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!ReplyDelete
Iliana - It's one of my favorites too. :-) I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day too.Delete
Love ALL your great romantic quotes. Very apropos.ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy Shades of Milk and Honey! I just finished reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend...and I loved it! :) Happy Valentine's Day!
Lark - Thank you. I thought they were fitting for today. :-) I am so glad you loved The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend! It's an awesome book. Happy Valentine's Day to you too!Delete
*swoon* I adore those Austen quotes. Especially the 'Hour' quote. So beautiful. TFIOS is also a great one. :)ReplyDelete
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Rissi - Me too. :-) Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I haven't heard of Shade of Milk and Honey but, I hope that you like it.ReplyDelete
Diane - I hadn't heard of it before it was recommended to me, the end of last year. I'm looking forward to reading it. :-)Delete
Jane Austen's books are a must-read for all romance readers and romantics alike. :)ReplyDelete
Melody - I agree! Thank you for stopping my, Melody.Delete
I love your top 10 list. I only saw one book quoted that I have actually read though. I do need to make time to read The Princess Bride.ReplyDelete
Carole - Thank you! The Princess Bride is such a great book. It's one of my all-time favorites.Delete
I love all of these quotes - Wentworth's letter in Persuasion especially, but that you included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie makes me love you even more. On of my faves :)ReplyDelete
Stacy - Thank you! I couldn't resist adding Alexie's quote. :-)Delete
A perfect Valentine Day post. Thank you for sharing some of your favourite quotes.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure Shades of Milk and Honey appeals to me. The cover certainly didn't stand out to me and to be honest the synopsis put me in mind of several other books I've read. Hoping you enjoy it, I look forward to reading your thoughts.
Tracy - Thank you. :-) It was fun compiling the list. I am not much of a quote person, I admit, I do like these.Delete
I hope to get to Shades of Milk and Honey soon-ish. I was thinking before the end of the month, but it might have to wait until March at the rate I'm reading these days.
Love all of those quotes!ReplyDelete
Lisa - Thank you!Delete
Great quotes!! I love Pride and Prejudice and The Princess Bride so much! And the Hamlet one! And the teaser sounds good, hope the book is awesome! Thanks for sharing (:ReplyDelete
Cyn - Me too! Both Pride and Prejudice and The Princess Bride are among my favorite novels.Delete