Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this memeis
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
My book beginning is Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. It's due to be published by Doubleday on 6th November 2014 and I've been lucky enough to receive an ARC from Netgalley.
She was losing words. At first it was quite funny. 'The box of things,' Mattie would say, waving her mauve-veined hands vaguely around the kitchen.
When Noel Bostock –
aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he
ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in
debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous
about how she gets it.
Noel's mourning his godmother, Mattie, a
former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and
eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other
children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one
self-made crisis to the next. The war's thrown up new opportunities for
making money but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool
head and the ability to make a plan.
On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team.
they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee
starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life.
there are plenty of other people making money out of the war and some
of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't
actually safe at all…