Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!
Danielle Steel’s The Klone and I*
This is one of the oldest books on the challenge list, published in 1998.
Summary: When her husband of thirteen years leaves, Stephanie isn’t ready for the dating world. That is, until she meets someone during a spontaneous trip to Paris. Has she finally found her match?
My first, and thus far only, marriage ended exactly two days before Thanksgiving.
Although she is wildly popular, I have never read anything written by Danielle Steel before.
Even though it is a sad time for Stephanie, the way the first scene is written made me nod my head and at times chuckle. I liked the first person voice. It made me feel like I was talking to a close girlfriend.
Without giving too much away, at about 100 pages things change abruptly. Although authors are supposed to defy readers’ expectations half way through the book, this was way too much. I’ve read that the first sentence/scene/chapter should set the tone for the book, like the author’s promise to the reader: “If you like this, you’ll like the rest of the book because it will be the same.” In this case, the promise was broken.
Do you think the first chapter should set the tone for the book? Have you ever read a book that changed tone so much you no longer enjoyed it?