Tuesday: First Chapter, First Paragraph

I’m going to join in on the First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros fun, hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach.Β  Each Tuesday, she shares the first paragraph(s) of a current read, or book she will soon be reading.

I’m sharing the first two paragraphs of a book I just started.

rain watcher.jpgTitle: The Rain Watcher
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Genre: Historical Fiction
Expected Publication: October 23, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

“I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way before the others. I’m not sure how old it is, exactly. Perhaps three or four hundred years old. It is ancient and powerful. It has weathered terrible storms, braced against unbridled winds. It is not afraid.

The tree is not like the others. It has its own rhythm. Spring starts later for it, while all the others are already blossoming. Come late April, the new oval leaves sprout slowly, on the top and middle branches only. Otherwise, it looks dead. Gnarled, gray, and withered. It likes to pretend to be dead. That’s how clever it is. Then, suddenly, like a huge explosion, all the buds flourish. The tree triumphs with its pale green crown.”


I read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay as I was traveling through Europe by train. Although it was quite some time ago, I remember that her writing captivated me. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I am already intrigued by the introduction toΒ The Rain Watcher. I tend to like books that are emotional journeys and character-driven. This intro is beautifully written, and I’m anxious to see what the rest of the book has to offer!


The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.

The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?