Monday, April 12, 2021

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros/Teaser Tuesdays - April 13th

It's Tuesday!  It's time to share your excerpts and teasers from books we are currently reading, have read or are planning to read.  So, feel free to join us by sharing the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.  This meme is guaranteed to increase your TBR :)

Please link your blog post using Mr. Linky below. Make sure the link you enter is the direct link to your Tuesday post, not the main link to your blog. Thank you!

I, also, participate and link up to Teaser Tuesdays.  Here's info about that meme:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read

* Open to a random page

* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I just started reading this one.  The excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter... 



New York, 1876

They call us the fairer sex.  Something we find flattering and maddening in equal measure.  Dainty.  Delicate.  Weak.  Come now, if a man donned a corset, laced so tight as to shave four inches off his waist, he'd pass out on the first deep breath.  And need we broach the subject of childbirth?  The fairer sex, our bustles.


We are the nouveau riche.  The new money.  Enemy of New York's old money, those insufferable yet enviable snobs called Knickerbockers.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The author of Park Avenue Summer throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Mrs. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor's notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age.

In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor—the Mrs. Astor.

But times are changing.

Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America's richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything.

Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this is a gripping novel about two fascinating, complicated women going head to head, behaving badly, and discovering what’s truly at stake.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. I like the sound of this book. And it fits the timeframe for my selection this week about Eleanor Roosevelt.

  2. I love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a lovely cover and yes, I do like the sound of this one.

  4. This sounds really good. I love historical settings especially around this time frame so yes, I would definitely continue reading. Thanks for sharing!

  5. That's a great starter!! I love the front cover too. The weaker sex, pff! lol

    Sorry I put two links in, my computer did a blip and when I refreshed it still didn't show up straight away. Feel free to delete my 2nd one :)

  6. I'm reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.

    Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

    An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin's taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

    Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  7. I like the sound of this book, I haven't read an historical fiction in a while.

  8. That looks good, I would keep reading.

  9. This looks like it could be really fun. That beginning had me laughing. I've been loving historical fiction lately so I'd definitely keep reading.


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