Friday, 21 November 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (In Falling Snow)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is 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.

 

This week my book beginning is In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

 

Afterwards, she would find herself unable to describe the old man with whom they shared the elevator, other than a lascivious smile, as if he knew. She would forget the hotel lobby, the desk clerk, the room, even the view out the window which she knew must be the Luxembourg Gardens.

 

 In Falling Snow 

 

 Book Description


A vivid and compelling story of love, war and secrets, set against the backdrop of WWI France. 'In the beginning, it was the summers I remembered - long warm days under the palest blue skies, the cornflowers and forget-me-nots lining the road through the Lys forest, the buzz of insects going about their work, Violet telling me lies.' Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day an invitation comes for Iris through the post to a reunion in France, where she served in a hospital during WWI. Determined to go, Iris is overcome by the memories of the past, when as a shy, naive young woman she followed her fifteen-year-old brother, Tom, to France in 1914 intending to bring him home. On her way to find Tom, Iris comes across the charismatic Miss Ivens, who is setting up a field hospital in the old abbey of Royaumont, north of Paris. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay at Royaumont, and it is there that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love. But war is a brutal thing, and when the ultimate tragedy happens, there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay, a price that will echo down the generations. A moving and uplifting novel about the small, unsung acts of heroism of which love makes us capable.

6 comments:

  1. This sounds like the kind of book I adore. The setting -- France in WWI -- and the strong female protagonist appeal to me a lot. Thank you for introducing me to this author and this book.
    My Friday post features a legal thriller: BODILY HARM.

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  2. This is not a book that I would pick up. I like a lot of action, be it supernatural or murder. Most of the time a historical novel reads too much like non fiction for me. I know there are many out there who eat these up like candy. ^_^ Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  3. Lately I have been reading and enjoying books set in either WWI or WWII...and I am intrigued by this beginning.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “FINDING JAKE”

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  4. Sounds good. I haven't read this author.

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  5. Beautiful description for your beginning.

    I have this book on my shelf, but haven't read it yet. I have seen terrific reviews for it.

    ENJOY, and enjoy your weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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