First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book worms hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its hype, we judged it by its opening lines?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
Finally… reveal the book!
Maya has done it. She has delivered three sentences and a friendly sign-off. Black Stabilo OHPen ink in Fine 0.7mm width whispered nervously across white paper that was once crisp, and now it is out of her hands. She struggles to walk the incline of the seemingly uphill carriage because her legs are shaking, her mouth is dry, and putting one foot in front of the other takes effort and focus her racing heart isn’t capable of at the moment. Freckles pulsate, legs buckle and Maya slumps into a seat on the other side of a grubby internal door.
Which is just as well because she wanted to linger with the last straggles of bedraggled Train People disembarking reluctantly, to make herself invisible to all the commuters she just embarrassed herself in front of. So Maya lies low with the sleepy people. The people who can’t stand their jobs. The people who are lost in someone else’s life, frantically turning or swiping pages to find out if the girl got the guy, the adventurer made it back to London or the heretic was burned at the stake. Train Man isn’t a straggler. Every day Maya sees him stand confidently at the same point on the track, somewhere between the football stadium and the tunnel, as the train snakes towards a new day and a new terminus.
Blurb: The Note changed everything….
One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.
But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen?
And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.
Based on the author’s true story, The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…
This came up via Aria Fiction on Twitter I saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb and as much as I said no more Netgalley until I have read some more I caved. This little beauty isn’t out until October but I can’t wait to get stuck in….keep an eye on here…