Sep 16, 2014

First Chapter: Embrace the Whirlwind by Laurel-Rain Snow

First Chapter, First Paragraph is a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.
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Embrace the Whirlwind
Embrace the Whirlwind by Laurel-Rain Snow
Published March 19, 2007; BookSurge
Genre: fiction
First chapter, first paragraph: 
She hadn't trusted in the myth of "happily ever after" for a very long time, but, despite herself, she had trusted that he was going to be the love of her life. After all, the two of them had been hanging out pretty regularly now for a couple of months. He came to the roadhouse where she worked, usually right after she finished up with his construction crew, and they had fallen into the habit of leaving together after her shift ended. But tonight had been different, right from the start.
Book description: 

Coming from a deeply troubled family, Amber finds herself making more and more misguided choices. Pregnant and subsequently abandoned, she becomes obsessed with a man who can't seem to commit to her. Hopelessly addicted to his love, Amber whirls more and more out of control until she meets a retired social worker whose kindness and caring guide Amber toward understanding and self-fulfillment.

Based on the opening paragraph and the book description, would you keep on reading?


  1. The first paragraph creates an interesting scenario. However it seems like too much information presented too fast. I prefer a so much information about characters to be presented a little more carefully and stretched out.

  2. I haven't read one of her books yet, but I like the first paragraph and would like to read more.

  3. oh! great first paragraph. I would keep reading to find out more. thanks for sharing!

    trish - my tt

  4. Terrific intro. I would keep reading. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Instantly sucked in and wanting more! Why haven't I read Laurel's books yet?

  6. Yes, I would continue!

    I've read two Laurel-Rain books and I enjoyed them, one 4 star and one 5 star to me. I really enjoyed Web of Tyranny with the only caveat being that it was a bit long and could've been tightened up a bit. But I loved the story of a woman's journey through the 60's-present day, fighting to get out from under men's thumbs along the way.

    Thanks for sharing this-- I haven't read her earliest works yet.

  7. Thanks for sharing this, Harvee...for those who might not know, my newest book, Interior Designs, is a sequel to this one...and much shorter!

  8. This is a great intro I may have to pop over and Kindle this one. Enjoy

  9. I've read two of Laurel-Rain's books so far and enjoyed them both, so I'm sure I'd like this one too. Amber sounds like an interesting character!
    Here's the link to my Tuesday post: Tumbleweeds.

  10. I had no idea she was an author too! Very cool!

  11. I'd have to be in the right mood to read this because it sounds like the beginning is going to be a bit depressing.

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  12. I'd read more. I'm curious if she gets her happy ever after. Sounds doubtful.
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  13. I have yet to read one of Laurel's novels! Still, this intro gives the appeal of a romance with heart and depth, I so appreciate authors who give depth to their story lines :)

    The Space Between Us | Thrity Umrigar

  14. Hmmm, something tells me things might not be exactly as this young woman thinks... I'm definitely curious to know more! Thanks for sharing!
    My Teasers.

  15. I'd keep reading. I've meant to read one of her books since she plays this meme with us. Thanks for spotlighting her book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  16. I like how the story begins. It sets up a nice mystery. I've been wanting to read one of Laurel's books. This and her newest one sound like a good place to start. Thanks for spotlighting them.

  17. Thank goodness for kind social workers.


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