Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a pretty successful week for me in terms of both work and reading. Finally made a break through at my job so it’s doing wonders for my mood. I’ve also been enjoying a buddy read (re-read in my case) of “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi. It is one of my favorite books at this point (if you haven’t heard of it before you can check out my review here) and I’m so excited to read the sequel, which is coming out soon.
For this week’s Book Beginnings on Friday I will be discussing “The Shadow in the Glass” by JJA Harwood. Book Beginnings on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Bloggers and readers alike post a sentence or so from the book they are currently enjoying as well as any thoughts that sentence inspired.
Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.
Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.
One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must to decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay it (Goodreads, 2021).
If anyone caught her, Eleanor would be dismissed on the spot.
The house clicked and creaked as it settled into sleep, the heat of the last days of August quietly slipping into the night. Eleanor was the only one awake”
Comments: These first few sentences create an air of mystery and even a hint of fear that continue throughout the book. As there is a bit of magic in this book I thought it was perfect to start the book late at night, which has a long association with witchcraft. When I read these lines I remember wondering “Where is Eleanor going?” and “Why would she be dismissed if she were discovered?”. I always admire an author that is able to make the reader eager to continue reading with just a few sentences and I think JJA Harwood did a great job in that respect.
I have to say thank you to Harper360 and NetGalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book. Hope you enjoyed these first few sentences! Let me know if you would read this book once it is release.