First 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. The book I’m hoping to start soon is, Becoming Queen by Kate Williams, the history of Queen Victoria. Here is the beginning of Chapter 1:
‘The most distressing feelings of my heart’
The Prince of Wales was drunk. It was his wedding day, he was disgusted by his bride, and he was the most inebriated he had ever been outside of a brothel. He was in debt to the tune of over £500,000, and the only way to settle his obligations was to marry. But he was shocked by the ugliness of his bride-to-be, Caroline of Brunswick, and thought she smelt like a peasant. In the overheated, overdecorated Chapel Royal, the Prince gritted his teeth, took another swig of porter, and tried to focus his mind on the showers of money he would receive.
Teaser 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 book:
from the introduction . . .
The idea of Victoria, young, fresh, liberal, and seemingly concerned with the plight of her people, kept the British hopeful throughout the largely appalling reigns of George IV and William IV . . .
Had the next king after William been his brother, the universally detested Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, a notorious blackguard suspected of blackmail, incest, and murder, then the fate of the monarchy might have been spectacularly different.
This will make a timely read given the TV series and a real change from previous movies which often depicted an older queen, focusing on her foibles and possible indiscretions. What do you think? Have you read it? Would you read it based on the beginning and the quotes? Leave a comment and a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday post.