First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
- 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!
“It was Kitty’s turn to sleep with her head at the foot of the bed. She didn’t mind; she preferred it, actually.”
Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this wonderful story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love.
As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front, meat is rationed, children participate in metal drives, and Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller play songs that offer hope and lift spirits. And now the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters–Louise to her fiancé, Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and Tish to an ever-changing group of men she meets at USO dances. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. For Kitty, a confident, headstrong young woman, the departure of her boyfriend and the lessons she learns about love, resilience, and war will bring a surprise and a secret, and will lead her to a radical action for those she loves. The lifelong consequences of the choices the Heaney sisters make are at the heart of this superb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family
I first read this book my freshman year of college, and I remember really liking it. Although, it took me forever to finish even though it isn’t that long… 276 pages. All I can say about it was that it was adorable and I read it during my epic reading slump that lasted about 6-7 years or so. Which, clearly, indicates that I need to read it again.