First sentence Friday #11

Hi guys!
First sentence Friday is a weekly post in which we share the first sentence of our current read, share a few words about the book and our feelings so far. It is a great way to discover new books and stories, in a fun and spoiler freeway.

The first sentence

« Ben met Kate at a rich girl’s party. He didn’t know the rich girl personally; it was one of those parties where no one knew this hostess. »

Sarah Newman, The Heavens

The book

Book description

New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate—and they begin to fall in love.

From their first meeting, Ben knows Kate is unworldly and fanciful, so at first he isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England.

But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real and compelling until it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As she tries to make sense of what’s happening, Ben worries the woman he’s fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality.

My thoughts so far

To be honest, I am writing this article in advance because I will be off for a few days. So I might have finished the book already. But so far I don’t really understand the story – I am twenty pages in so it sounds pretty obvious. I saved this book from a bookstore I used to work at, so I have it for about a year now. I didn’t even know what it was about before starting it.

That’s all for today peeps!
What are you currently reading? What is the first sentence from the book?
Have a nice day and beautiful reads,

Estelle.


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