Friday 1 May 2015

Book Beginnings on Fridays - Before The Fall by Juliet West

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.


My book beginning this week is Before The Fall by Juliet West, a novel set in London during the first world war.


I am a motorman employed by the Metropolitan Railway Company. At 5:49 a.m. on 18 July 1918 I was running my train into Aldgate East Station when a man got up from a seat on the platform and jumped in front of my train.


Before the Fall 


Book Description

A great war.
A powerful love.
An impossible choice.

I think the war is everywhere: in the rain, in the river, in the grey air that we breathe. It is a current that runs through all of us. You can't escape the current; either you swim with it, or you go under.

1916. Across the channel, the Great War rages; in London's East End, with her husband away fighting, Hannah Loxwood struggles to hold everything together. But when Hannah takes a job in a café, she discovers a glimpse of freedom away from her needy young children, her spiteful sister and desperately ill father.

While the conflict drags on, Hannah battles with the overwhelming burden of 'duty'. She has sacrificed so much for a husband who left her behind, a husband who may never come home. Then, when she meets Daniel - thoughtful, intelligent, quietly captivating - Hannah finds herself faced with the most dangerous of temptations . . .

As the war grips tighter and bombs fall down upon the streets, the stakes for the couple grow ever higher. Soon Hannah and Daniel will realise just how precarious their happiness is, as their destiny rushes towards them . .



  1. ooh this sounds delicious. Very soapy even lol I will have to look it up on Amazon. Enjoy the read!

  2. This sounds like it could be interesting, as long as it doesn't just become another love story with the war in the background! I also wonder who it is that is speaking in the beginning! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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  3. Wow. What a way to start a book! Yikes. Please visit mine here ...

  4. That is not how you want to start your day. A real attention grabber.

  5. The opening sounds like he's giving a deposition -- so matter-of-fact. But it definitely hooked me. This sounds like a fascinating love story in a dramatic setting.
    My Friday post features MIDDLE-AGED CRAZY.

  6. Excellent beginning. Love the cover too.

    I love trains, but not people jumping in front of them. :)

    Sounds good...ENJOY!!

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