I just finished reading Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro and first let me say that I just loved it. It was my kind of book…a historical romance with a twist. The widowed Vicountess Wingate, Carolyn Turner and her literary book group choose Memoirs of a Mistress by an Anonymous Lady as their club selection. The titillating plot of the book has given the ladies enough discussion material to last a lifetime and they are aching to find out if some of the descriptions are physically doable. Enter Daniel Sutton, Earl Surbrooke, who has secretly coveted Carolyn since meeting her on the day her engagement to his best friend was announced. Toss in a couple of murders, adorable secondary characters and a menagerie of abandoned animals and you have a delightful, entertaining read.
This book especially hit home because I recently read a blog by Kelley St. John about quotes that begin a chapter. Here are some examples from her book To Catch a Cheat:
“Cheaters never win, but they sure can piss you off.”
~ Marissa Kincaid
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and a scorned woman can be great for publicity.”
~ Trent Jackson
“In the same manner that a red tie defines power for males, the red dress defines power for females. Power…and sex. "
~ Amy Brooks
“A man wearing a towel—and only a towel—should never be trusted.”
~ Marissa Kincaid
She goes on to say that one of her favorite book openings was a combination of two quotes, one from Friedrich Nietsche and the other from the book’s author. Linda Howard begins Mackenzie’s Mission with this combination:
"Man must be trained for war, and woman for the relaxation of the warriors; all else is folly."
~ Friedrich Nietsche
~ Linda Howard
Now Confessions at Midnight starts each chapter with excerpts from the book within the book, Memoirs of a Mistress. Chapter one begins, "His hand slipped beneath my gown to slowly glide up my leg. The muted sounds of the party came through the library door, and I knew we risked being discovered. But I simply did not care…" All right, now tell me who could put down a book that starts like that? Not me obviously, since I finished it in one day!
So, like Kelley, I’d like to know if you enjoy a unique quote or original type opening to a chapter or book. Or is there something else that the author did to draw you into the book before starting the chapter? I agree with Kelley that I have enjoyed the fairytale pieces that Elizabeth Hoyt uses to begin the chapters in her "Prince" series. Another original approach. Please share what you’ve read that made the book that much more interesting for you and thanks Kelley for letting me use your thought provoking topic.
Bottom Line: To Jacquie D’Alessandro…where can I buy Memoirs of a Mistress?