Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Firsts - November 27

The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence?

"June 7, 1880
With a hollow crack the wagon lurched to the side and lolloped like a large lamed animal."

--The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann (ISBN 9780764207136

This is a really descriptive and interesting first sentence, the kind of sentence that pulls you in to find out what just happened. Certainly such an event would not be good news, and as a reader I wanted to know just how bad this news would be. The next few sentences further hooked me to learn that this was a woman driving and that there was a very steep drop-off to one side of her broken-down wagon. The main character, Carina, is on her way to starting a new life in the rough-and-tumble mining town of Crystal, Colorado, and this is only the start of her troubles.

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