First Line Fridays|#6

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

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I waited outside the west doors of Westminster Abbey. The relentless comings and goings were unnerving. I visited the abbey often before the war,usually for study,and enjoyed inspiration and peace in the resolute calm and dignity founded within its stone. But the war had come to London,to Westminster .

The book is:





The Blue Bench by Paul Marriner

The Blue Bench

Margate 1920

The Great War is over but Britain is still to find peace and its spirit is not yet mended.

Edward and William have returned from the front as changed men. Together they have survived grotesque horrors and remain haunted by memories of comrades who did not come home. The summer season in Margate is a chance for them to rebuild their lives and reconcile the past.

Evelyn and Catherine are young women ready to live to live life to the full. Their independence has been hard won and, with little knowledge of the cost of their freedom, they are ready to face new challenges side by side.

Can they define their own future and open their hearts to the prospect of finding love?

Will the summer of 1920 be a turning point for these new friends and the country?

I thought I’d choose a book not many people know about this time around. I’ve just started reading this as a part of a blog tour I’m on, I can’t tell you anything about it because I’ve only read 10 pages. I’ll tell you more in my review on 3rd June.

Would you read The Blue Bench based on the first few lines?

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