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Book Beginnings

This is my second time participating in the Books Beginnings link party over at A Few More Pages.  I hope to be able to do this every couple of weeks, but I guess it will depend on how much time I have to read and how big a book I am reading at the time.  Reading time can be scarce with a full-time job, a full-time house, and a full-time husband.  Ha ha!!

A few days ago I started a book called “Girl With A Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier and I think I am really going to like it. I first heard about this book when the movie came out a couple of years ago, but I haven’t seen it yet.  The book is almost always better any way.   Here is the first paragraph:

“My mother did not tell me they were coming.  Afterwards she said she did not want me to appear nervous.  I was surprised, for I thought she knew me well.  Strangers would think I was calm.  I did not cry as a baby.  Only my mother would note the tightness along my jaw, the widening of my already wide eyes.”

I have only read a few pages so far and so far, so good.  The story is set in 1660s Holland and is told through the eyes of 16 year old Griest.  I am excited to delve deeper into the story just from the first paragraph.  Who is coming and why does her mother think Griest will be nervous?  Are they good people or bad?  I guess I will just have to wait and see.

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