First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea, where you get to share the first paragraph (or so) of a book you’re currently reading or thinking of reading soon.
For my first entry for this meme, I’m featuring the latest novella from Mary Ann Rivers. Her debut novella, The Story Guy, won my heart and total devotion over. It’s a novella, for crying out loud, it shouldn’t hit you so hard. But as Courtney Milan has previously shown me and now Mary Ann Rivers, novellas do have the capacity to kick you in the gut with all these intense emotions and great characterizations. And it’s great! Here’s the first paragraph (or so) of the book.
This is the time of year we want most to tell the people we love that we’re okay.
I think that’s why we get on ladders and hang lights from the tallest eaves of our houses, from the very tops of trees.
It’s to get some light in front of the darkness, to tell the whole world that we’ve made it, and that these lights, way up here? That’s what we think of the New Year, what’s coming—it’s all going to be light and joy and flame in the blackness and non of us have any reason to be afraid.
All those carols we loved as kids?
Now, they make us cry, because to sing them, to hear them, to pass a flame candle to candle while the lyrics come easy, is to acknowledge everything that has come since childhood.
The darkness and the light.
Prior to starting this novella, I could not help but think if it will be just as mind-blowing in greatness as her debut and wondering if she will be a keeper author or just one of those one-time deals. I’m happy to report that she does deliver. I’m just halfway through but I’m glad that her writing is as steady as in her first novella and the poignancy and slight humor, not to mention the intense emotions (I believe I said that already) are still very present in her new story.
Here’s the blurb from her Goodreads:
Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.
This novella is part of a three-book bundle featuring two other writers, Lisa Renee Jones and Serena Bell, entitled Heating up the Holidays.
Check out Mary Ann Rivers’ website for more details on her books.