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11 October 2011

First Chapter, First Paragraph


The rocks glow red above the sea, embers of the day's heat below our balcony at the Hötel Marie.

Down here, on the southern rim of the country, out of the mistral's slipstream, the evening drops as viscous liquid: slow and heavy and silent. When we first arrived, the stifling sultriness made sleep impossible; night closed in like the lid of a tomb.

Now, in the few hours I do sleep, I dream of all we have left behind: the hamlet on the hill and the whispering trees. Then, with a start, I'm awake again, remembering.


First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly feature hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. To participate, share your selection from the book you're reading.

15 comments:

  1. I read this book in the summer, but rereading your post makes me want to go back to France again. Just as I felt when I read the book! She depicts the fragrances there, among other things, so well!

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  2. I loved this book so very much, and thought it was just so wonderful and atmospheric. It's a great read for the R.I.P. Challenge as well. I hope that you are enjoying it!

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  3. Everyone seems to be reading this one...maybe I need to give in and buy it.

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  4. I was blown away by her descriptions of the French countryside. Harvee(Book Dilettante)

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  5. I just read this one a week or two ago and loved it!!

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  6. I really enjoyed this book when I read it -- total escapist fun! I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. Oh, nice teaser and gorgeous cover. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This cover is lovely, a favourite from this year. Enjoy

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  9. Oh YES! I big time love this intro and want to read this one. Thanks for participating today; I appreciate that.

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  10. I am reading this at the moment and finding the language very sensual and evocative.

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  11. I am currently listening to this (right now actually) and it is rocking my socks off. I am addicted to the sounds, smells, sigh...

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  12. This is getting such fantastic reviews! I hope you're enjoying it, Natalie!

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  13. That TOTALLY reminds me of Rebecca. How interesting. Thanks!

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