Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Beginnings: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster, February 2016). These are the book's first lines:
War was declared at eleven-fifteen and Mary North signed up at noon. She did it at lunch, before telegrams came, in case her mother said no. She left finishing school unfinished.

Initial Thoughts:

I love that beginning, but I'm very nervous about Mary signing up for military service. I know finishing school can be rough, but it probably didn't really prepare her for actual combat. I've heard a lot about this one, and I'm looking forward to getting started on it.

So, what about it? Would those first few sentences tempt you to read a bit more?

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. 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. I love the language of the beginning. I've heard a lot about this one as well and it does sound good. I love the writing style in the excerpt so I'll definitely be adding this to my TBR.

  2. This one looks like it has Mega Best Seller all over it. I like the beginning but don't know if I have the energy for another WWII book right now. I still haven't gotten to A God in Ruins or even All the Light We Cannot See.

    Thanks for playing along on BBOF, even though I didn't have a Mr. Linky this week!

  3. I am intrigued by the beginning - have never read anything by this author but will add it to my GR list - here's my Friday meme


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