It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
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?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
He shuts the door on the wind. Stepping into the absolute stillness of the cathedral is like entering a different atmosphere, and he breathes in the smell of damp stone and burning beeswax.
And the book is…
When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott
How can you know who you are, when you choose to forget who you’ve been?
November 1918. On the cusp of the end of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. It quickly becomes clear that he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.
The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home where his doctor James tries everything he can to help Adam remember who he once was. There’s just one problem. Adam doesn’t want to remember.
Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his mind away, seemingly for good. But when a newspaper publishes Adam’s photograph, three women come forward, each just as certain that Adam is their relative and that he should go home with them.
But does Adam really belong with any of these women? Or is there another family waiting for him to come home?
Based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of the First World War.
I have been so excited for this book for so long, and I have had a physical ARC for months, but wanted to save it until closer to the release date. When I Come Home Again will be published on 29th October, and it is the next book I am planning to read. I read The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott in 2019 (REVIEW HERE), and it is by far the best historical fiction story that I have ever read, so I have very high expectations for When I Come Home Again!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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