Every Tuesday, Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometimes two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening paragraph Feel free to grab the banner and play along! I've decided to start playing along
I'm reading two books - one relaxing book and another on my nook while doing the treadmill.
|The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie|
"St. George's Day, April 1600 at a inn on the road to London: A snow-bearded, elderly man is seated at the head of a refectory table, close to a fire, with his head bowed. He grasps a dark, shiny object in the slender fingers of his right hand. Blooms of Rosa Mundi--white petals streaked pink-red--carpet the table in front of him. Thus, all those who are seated at the trestle know that what will unfold her is secret, a marriage of the spirit and the soul of everyone present, and the birth of something unique, which they await: the Philosopher's Child. Against the bubbling din of other inn patrons behind closed doors in adjacent rooms, they are hushed, waiting for his words. A door softly opens and closes, then a sudden shuffle of feet around him intrudes into the silence. A note from a servant, who has entered largely unobserved, is put into his fine hands. This he reads slowly; his high forehead--surprisingly smooth for a man of his years--creases into a dark frown. After a long moment, he looks at every face in turn, gathered around the long table. Finally he speaks, his voice hardly more than a vesper."
|Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen|
Enticing, Intriguing.... What do you think?