First Lines Friday April 29th

I found a new book meme that looks like a lot of fun and since I just started a new book, the timing is perfect!

First the rules:

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below.

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

So, here are the first few lines from my current book:

The young woman stepped from the wagon and turned to face the driver still holding the slackened reins. From Daniel’s vantage point, looking through the shuttered windows of the common room, he could not read the woman’s face but could see the rigid set of her back.  The man in the wagon was small and as hard-set as a dried persimmon.  The brim of his felt hat was slung so low and angled over his eyes that its very putting on must have been an act of vengeance.  Daniel had met his wife’s uncle only once at market, and the number of words exchanged between them could not have filled a walnut.  But Daniel remembered well the look of triumph on Andrew Allen’s face when the old man bested him at a calf auction.  That he was now giving his daughter the last of his cautious, brusque advice was clear from the way he punctuated his words with a string of country sayings: “Hech, now listen to me,” and “Hark you well to me now.”  The sorts of words that the old Scotsmen still used were like pepperwood in a mutton stew.

Ok, this may be more that just a few ‘first lines’, but it was hard to find a place to stop because her writing is just so good.  These are Kathleen Kent’s opening lines in her novel, The Traitor’s Wife which is a prequel to her first novel, The Heretic’s Daughter.

The Heretic’s Daughter told the story of Martha Carrier, one of the women hanged as a witch during the Salem Witchcraft Trials. In The Traitor’s Wife we learn how it all began for Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier. It is their story and history.

I’m excited to be going back to Colonial America, especially with this author. Her books are well researched and her great writing brings the fine points of the period to life!

What are you reading now? Tell me in the comments below.


2 thoughts on “First Lines Friday April 29th

  1. These verses, my dearest reader,
    dedicated to your delight,
    have but one virtue in them:
    I know how imperfect they are,

    This is the opening to “Ballad 1” from Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works. This poem is an introduction to a collection of Sor Juana’s poems. Sor Juana goes on to reject excuses for her work and to tell the reader to make of her poetry what they will. I’ve just started the book, but I’m eager to read more of her work.

    P.S. Traitor’s Wife is a great read. Kent brings the characters and the period vividly to life. I haven’t read The Heretic’s Daughter yet, but it is definitely on my TBR list.

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  2. She sounds very interesting! I had not heard of her until I read your read along post- now I’m interested in learning more about her :).

    I also hope you get a chance to read The Heretics Daughter, it was so good! It made me want to learn more about The Salem Witch Trials. I will be reading Stacy Schiff’s book on the topic next… And eagerly looking forward to it too!!


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