First Lines Friday: April 1, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! Sorry for my absence this week. Life has been a little bit crazy. I picked up some extra hours at work and took some unexpected naps. Also, my cat was sick, so that was fun. Unfortunately, she’s not 100% better and will have to be on medication for the rest of her life, but as long as she is happy, it’s worth it.

But it does happen to be First Lines Friday!

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words, or, as her blog is going by now, Emma IRL. 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!

Today’s book is one I’m really excited about and another recent addition to my TBR.

The Lines:

In the dim light of her desk’s single bulb lamp, the map nearly glowed. Fra Mauro, it was called.


The Book:

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.

But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable and exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence . . . because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one—along with anyone who gets in the way.

But why?

To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret and discovers the true power that lies in maps . . .

This one was a Book of the Month pick, and I was happy to see it as one of the selections!

What say you? Does it tickle your fancy, so to speak?

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