Thursday, April 02, 2015

Book Beginnings: The Witch of Painted Sorrows

The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose (Atria Books, March 2015).  First chapter, opening lines:
Paris France
April 1894
I did not cause the madness, the deaths, or the rest of the tragedies any more than I painted the paintings. I had help, her help. Or perhaps I should say she forced her help on me. And so this story....

Initial Thoughts:

OK, right away I'm wondering who "she" is and why she's been forcing her help on the narrator. Help with the painting? Or something else? And what about all that madness, death and tragedy?  Sounds like this one's right down my street!  I've read several other books by M.J. Rose and really enjoyed them -- her writing can be absolutely mesmerizing. So I have high hopes for this one.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. Just like you said, this sounds like it's right up my alley - and for the same reasons! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Check out my Friday 56 With Book Beginnings.

  2. I'm wondering who "she" is, too, though I bet it has something to do with the witch mentioned in the title. My Friday Quotes

  3. What do you mean by this statement: "Please note that A Little Reading is an "award-free" blog." I'm just wondering.

    1. Anne -- Hi. Thanks so much for dropping by!

      "Award-free" just means that while I'm very flattered by blog awards, I never have time to play the tag game of passing them on to other bloggers. Actually, the blog award fad has really sort of died out recently.

  4. This is another book I've been seeing a lot of recently. It sounds really interesting and the beginning has really grabbed my attention. I want to find out more now!
    My Friday post:

  5. This is definitely an intriguing beginning. I have a lot of the same questions you mention. Plus, the cover is beautiful. Hope you enjoy the read!

  6. I really want to read this one!

  7. I have this one written on my list. Love the Book Beginning.

  8. I love this cover....Ms. Rose's books always have gorgeous covers and great titles.

    Unfortunately I can never get into the storylines.


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