First Chapter, First Paragraph & Tuesday Teaser: The Butterfly Enigma by Lorraine Campbell

fistchapFirst chapter, First paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  I read about this book from another blogger’s Tuesday Teaser and was intrigued enough to give it a whirl.  I really enjoyed it.  Here’s the opening:

ButterflyEnigmaChapter One  —  Riga, Latvia, 1941

The woman held the child’s hand tightly as they hurried through the silent streets. The child was fast becoming exhausted.  Head drooping, little feet stumbling on the stone pavement.  There were no complaints, though. No whining or crying. This was a child who knew danger.  Understood the need to remain silent at all times.


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Wordlessly, the woman reached into her handbag.  Brought out a black velvet pouch and placed it on the table  With delicate fingers she undid the silk cord.  Took out a diamond and sapphire necklace, a pair of matching earrings, a heavy gold bracelet, and another necklace in the shape of a butterfly.  She arranged them on the table in front of Valdéz.

Would you keep reading?  Have you read any books by Lorraine Campbell before?  Share what you think!


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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5 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Tuesday Teaser: The Butterfly Enigma by Lorraine Campbell

  1. Diane D says:

    I’m very curious after reading your intro. Hope u enjoy this Lorraine.


  2. Literary Feline says:

    This sounds interesting. I feel for the child in that opening paragraph. I get the feel whatever the child has experienced was bad.


    • mysm2000 says:

      It was very interesting. The first chapter is more like a prologue. After that, the story reverts to the child as an adult in Australia who tries to learn about her heritage which involves having fled Europe during WWII. It was a really good plot.


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