'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday' s is hosted by 'Bibliophile By The Sea'. Every Tuesday, you share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.
This week's opening paragraph comes from 'A Village Affair' by Joanna Trollope:
'On the day that contracts were exchanged on the house, Alice Jordan put all three children into the car and went to visit it. Natasha made her usual seven-year-old fuss about her seat-belt, and James was crying because he had lost the toy man who rode his toy stunt motorbike, but the baby lay peaceably in his carrycot and was pleased to be joggling gently along while a fascinating pattern of bare branches flickered through the slanting back window of the car on to his round upturned face. Natasha sang 'Ten Green Bottles' to drown James and James amplified his crying to yelling. Alice switched on the car radio and a steady female voice from 'Woman's Hour' explained calmly to her how to examine herself for any sinister lumps. Mud flew up from the winter lanes and made a gritty veil across the windscreen. James stopped yelling abruptly and put his thumb in his mouth.'
Would you read on?