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