First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  I read about this book in two different places recently and decided I had to get it.  It’s historical fiction which I find, to my surprise, is becoming a favourite genre of mine.  Here’s the opening from Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh:

leopardatthedoor1952, Mombasa, Kenya

The steward has said we will dock at 9:00 o’clock, but I am too excited to sleep, and I walk onto deck in the dark, long before the sun comes up, watching for the first sight of land. I pull a packet of cigarettes from my coat pocket, light one and inhale, smoke curling up into the warm night sky. My heart beats out a rhythm born of long anticipation. After six years I am finally coming home.

teaser-tuesdaysTeaser Tuesday
 is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
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!  So, from the same memoir:

I realize that I like Nathaniel Logan. Years of boarding school have taught me to be wary of people who hold themselves too easily to the common cause, but he seems to keep himself just enough apart from people to make his own judgment. p.16

Harold does not say anything more, but the color has rushed to his cheeks, mottling his pale skin red, and I sense that by asking about Nathaniel he has given her the upper hand, a clear target on an old battleground. p. 54

Would you keep reading?  I recently read Child of the River which was about the beginning of apartheid in S. Africa and it was not only an amazing character study of a poor white girl growing into adulthood at that time but also gave a lot of insight into that particular time period, which of course, was its purpose.  When I saw this book was about the Mau Mau revolution in Kenya, it seemed like a good follow-up.  Have you read this book, have it on your list, or think you might like to read it after reading this post?  Leave a comment and a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday page.

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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28 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

  1. Beth F says:

    I LOVED this book!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Diane D says:

    I’ve seen this one around and I really like the sound of it. Hope u r enjoying it. Thanks for joining us this week.


    • mysm2000 says:

      I am. It has had some really tense moments so far and the main character has a rather complex relationship with her family and the slaves working in the area of her farm. Thanks for coming by.


  3. iliana says:

    I’ve been reading a lot about this book lately and it sounds like one to definitely read. Hope you enjoy it!


  4. OOh nice teaser! Totally new to me! Hope you enjoy the rest!

    Thanks for visiting my Tuesday post!


  5. Gabby says:

    This one sounds interesting! I hadn’t seen it before. Thank you for sharing! Here’s my teaser: Starling by Lesley Livingston

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kay says:

    I’ve been aware of this book, but yours is the first I’ve read that shares some of the storyline. Except for the cigarettes, I loved the beginning. Yes, I’d keep reading.


  7. sjhigbee says:

    This sounds like a fascinating story about an eventful time in history – I hope you are enjoying it. Many thanks for swinging by earlier and have a great reading week:).


  8. I’ve also heard good things about this book – I’d definitely be interested in carrying on with it.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I enjoy historical fiction, too, and this one sounds good. I don’t know much about Kenya, and it would be fun to learn more through the pages of this novel. Thanks for the recommendation.
    My Tuesday post features MOONRISE.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I’ve been eyeing this book, and I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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