First Lines Friday: 19th June

The concept behind First Lines Fridays is to take risks with reading, and not judge a book by its cover.  Have you ever picked up a book and been drawn in from that very first line?  Sometimes fancy covers, the number of pages or the genre can influence our reading choices, often being the difference between ‘yes, I’ll read this’ and ‘this is not for me’.  The idea is to be captivated by the first line or two of a book, and to take a gamble from there.

Be careful what you wish for.  I know that for a fact.  Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things.  They burn your tongue the moment they’re spoken and you can never take them back.  They bruise and bake and come back to haunt you.  I’ve made far too many wishes in my lifetime, the first when I was eight years old.

(Curious?  Read more to find out which book this extract is from)



The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

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A woman who leads a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance, one day utters an idle wish to be struck by lightning — and her wish is granted. Instead of killing her, this cataclysmic event marks a strange and powerful new beginning. As the woman soon finds herself drawn into a passionate relationship with another survivor of a lightning strike, a mysterious stranger who harbors dark secrets. Their affair becomes the center of a riveting story of loss, love, and redemption.

Have you read this book?  Have you ever chosen to read a book based purely on an extract, and if so, did it work out well?  Share your thoughts!

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