First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intro (The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw)

First Chapter First Paragraph

Every Tuesday, fellow blogger Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where bloggers share the first paragraph of the book they are currently reading or thinking about reading soon.

The Half Brother, Holly Lecraw

I’m almost halfway through this boarding school novel (I’m such a sucker for these!). I wasn’t sure where it was going for awhile, but now I’ve seen the light and was happy that LeCraw totally surprised me!

Plot Summary from Amazon
When Charlie Garrett arrives as a young teacher at the shabby-yet-genteel Abbott School, he finds a world steeped in privilege and tradition. Fresh out of college and barely older than the students he teaches, Charlie longs to leave his complicated southern childhood behind and find his place in the rarefied world of Abbottsford. Before long he is drawn to May Bankhead, the daughter of the legendary school chaplain; but when he discovers he cannot be with her, he forces himself to break her heart, and she leaves Abbott—he believes forever. He hunkers down in his house in the foothills of Massachusetts, thinking his sacrifice has contained the damage and controlled their fates.
But nearly a decade later, his peace is shattered when his golden-boy half brother, Nick, comes to Abbott to teach—and May returns as a teacher as well. Students and teachers alike are drawn by Nick’s magnetism, and even May falls under his spell. When Charlie pushes his brother and his first love together, with what he believes are the best of intentions, a love triangle ensues that is haunted by desire, regret, and a long-buried mystery.

Here’s the first paragraph (this quote is from an uncorrected proof):

Mid-August. On the quad, the only sound is a far-off angry machine, a leaf blower, somewhere in the vicinity of the library. Otherwise I’d say I have the whole place to myself, except for the bees. They’re delirious in the heat, in the flowering shrubs and trees, buried headfirst, ecstatic. As I walk by a seven-foot-tall rose of Sharon I hear their intoxicated hum and realize the whole little tree is vibrating, throbbing with them.

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Stay tuned for my full review…

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  1. Kay wrote:

    I do love books set at schools of all kinds. Plus, you kind of had me at the phrase, “regret and a long-buried mystery”. I’ll be watching for your full review. 🙂

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  2. I like the writing and am curious about where the story goes….

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  3. I’m a sucker for boarding school novels, too! This sounds good… will keep an eye out for your review.

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  4. Carmen wrote:

    Oh, I would definitely keep reading, sounds like a promise of good things to come.

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  5. I would continue to read…I like the premise.

    My post:

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  6. Yes I would keep reading – I love the start of this one!

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  7. I love the sound of this one…and the characterization of the leaf blower as “angry,” which is how I feel about those annoying things…LOL.

    I read another book by this author and enjoyed it.

    Here’s mine: “ONE PLUS ONE”

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  8. I am not sure about this one. I am glad you are enjoying it though!

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  9. Right away the author set a picture in my mind. I was on a campus somewhere. I like that. I’d keep reading.

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  10. Definitely a great first paragraph. This one doesn’t have the best the best goodreads rating. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Per your suggestion, I just started My Sunshine Away on audiobook. I can tell from the begging that I’m going to like this one!!!

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    • admin wrote:

      Oh good! I can’t say enough good things about this one! My review is going up tomorrow! I thought the writing was gorgeous. I’ll be interested to see how it translates to audio.

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  11. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised by an author! It sounds really good to me, I’d keep reading too.

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  12. Oh, yes, I would definitely keep reading this one; so happy to hear that you are enjoying it, Sarah!!

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  13. This one really sounds good! I’m adding it to my list! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  14. Cleo wrote:

    There is something very appealing about stories set in schools, particularly boarding schools. I love that intro and would definitely keep reading. Thanks for visiting my TT

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  15. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea wrote:

    Love boarding school settings and the intro is very good. I’d keep reading.

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  16. kelley wrote:

    I love the opening paragraph, so descriptive and the cover is gorgeous. I’d read on. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

    Posted 2.11.15 Reply

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