Friday 9 August 2013

Book Beginnings on Fridays...

Hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader

Book Beginnings on Fridays as stated by the host was started:

 "to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires."

You can share on Google + and social media , please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings
and there's also a Mr Linky on the host's blog.

 Book Beginning : Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

October 2012
4th Estate
An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

Chapter One

The Stark River flowed around the oxbow at Murrayville the way blood flowed through Margo Crane's heart. She rowed upstream to see wood ducks, canvasbacks, and ospreys and to search for tiger salamanders in the ferns. She drifted downstream to find painted turtles sunning on fallen trees and to count the herons in the heronry beside the Murrayville cemetery. She tied up her boat and followed shallow feeder streams to collect crayfish, watercress, and tiny wild strawberries. Her feet were toughened against sharp stones and broken glass. When Margo swam, she swallowed minnows alive and felt the Stark River move inside her.


......This opening paragraph is so descriptive, I can sense the river as it meanders along, and the wildlife on the bank of the river is so tantalisingly close, I feel like I can almost reach out and touch the ferns and watch the ducks as they glide in the water. 
I yearn for the creaminess of the crayfish, the pepper of the watercress and the explosion of sweetness as the tiny wild strawberries shatter in my mouth, but more than anything, I want to know about Margo Crane ....


A Bit of Book Blurb..
..thanks to Goodreads..

Bonnie Jo Campbell has created an unforgettable heroine in sixteen-year-old Margo Crane, a beauty whose unflinching gaze and uncanny ability with a rifle have not made her life any easier. After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. But the river, Margo's childhood paradise, is a dangerous place for a young woman travelling alone, and she must be strong to survive, using her knowledge of the natural world and her ability to look unsparingly into the hearts of those around her. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices.

I picked up this book this week in one of my cheap book shops and was primary intrigued by the cover of the beautiful girl pointing a gun at something or someone, and was tempted to read more...

Please let me know if you would be tempted by this book.

Thanks for looking at my Friday Book Beginnings.


  1. I love how the descriptions draw me in and show me the settings, the character, and give me a glimpse of her world.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

    1. Hi Laurel - I agree it's a great opening paragraph. Thanks for visiting:)

  2. It really is descriptive, it makes the Stark River sounds absolutely beautiful! I love it when a novel just creates this world around you and you can completely sink away in it! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. HU Juli - The beauty of reading means you can escape into another world - have a lovely weekend too.
      Thanks for visiting:)

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    1. Hi Joanne - Thanks for visiting and reading my Friday BB :)

  4. This is a beautifully descriptive opening. I hope you enjoy the book Josie. x

    1. Hi Lindsay - I agree the opening is beautiful. Thanks for visiting :)

  5. I liked that beginning. I loved your Sunday post and the photos. What a great place to visit. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a new follower. I would love to have you follow back.

    1. Hi JC - thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments about my Sunday post.

      I am now following you back :)

  6. Interesting book beginning, very descriptive. Hope you're enjoying this novel, thanks for sharing the opening :)

    Thanks also for dropping by my blog last week, I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

    1. Lianne - thanks for visiting :) I enjoy your blog !


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