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22 July 2016

Book Beginnings #22

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading Mata Hari by Michelle Moran.

We don't take a horse-drawn cab to his office. Edouard Clunet is a lawyer - he owns a car. He opens the door for me and I find a wilted rose on the black leather seat. I hold it up. "Recent lover?"
It has been a while since I took part in Book Beginnings, but this book is so good that I couldn't not share the beginning. What I do have to admit is that the first few pages really do not do this story justice and that I kept on because of the stunning cover and intriguing chapter titles. But by the time I reached chapter two, all hope of putting this book down was gone.

I am about a quarter through the book and absolutely loving it. With it being about an exotic dancer/courtesan/spy there was a huge chance that this book would be on the smutty side, but it's much more elevated and so far no sex scenes - just fade-to-black. Very refreshing!


  1. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me book. I'll be taking a closer look at it.

  2. This sounds really good! I haven't heard of this one - though I have heard of Mata Hari. Plus I love that cover!

    1. I know of Mata Hari so I know how it's going to end, but it's so interesting reading this (embellished? maybe) story of how she got there. And yes, that cover <3

  3. Gorgeous cover...and I love that beginning, too. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “FALLING”

  4. I love to read about men and women spies. I would like this one.

  5. OK. Remind me. Is Mata Hari a spy? I know I recognize the name but not the context?

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  6. This is a new to me book - I do love the cover - thanks for sharing - I'll be adding it to my list. Here's my Friday meme


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