Tuesday intro: The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading The Lauras by Sara Taylor, which I’ve heard great things about and have had on my kindle for weeks so am excited to read.  Here’s what it’s about…

32969152I didn’t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong.As we made our way from Virginia to California, returning to the places where she d lived as a child in foster care and as a teenager on the run, repaying debts and keeping promises, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept even from herself. But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldn’t forget the home we d left behind, couldn’t deny that, just like my mother, I too had unfinished business.

This enigmatic pilgrimage takes them back to various stages of Alex s mother s life, each new state prompting stories and secrets. Together they trace back through a life of struggle and adventure to put to rest unfinished business, to heal old wounds and to search out lost friends. This is an extraordinary story of a life; a stunning exploration of identity and an authentic study of the relationship between a mother and her child.

And here’s how it starts…

I could here them arguing, the way they argued nearly every night now, their voices pitched low and rasping in that way that meant they thought they were being too quiet to wake me up.  They were right in that their fights never did wake me up – but that was because I always stayed awake until they started.  I could feel one coming like the promise of a storm thickening the air.  When the rain’s on the way I can’t sleep either. Even though I always heard them, when morning rolled around I pretended that I’d slept through it all, because I didn’t know what else to do.

What do you think…would you keep reading?


  1. This is a new to me book and it sounds really good. I like that opener.

    1. Yes, it was new to me too but I have heard good things.

  2. I’m just about to write my review for this. It’s an interesting one!

  3. This sounds like a fascinating book….and I can feel for that child listening to the arguments, and then being pulled out of bed and taken on the road. I definitely want to know more, even though I hesitated about this one because of the author’s previous book, which I didn’t like (The Shore). But this one sounds different, so I would give it a try. Here’s mine: “THE CUTAWAY”

    1. Oh no on The Shore. I haven’t read anything by her before. I had read some good reviews of this which tweaked my interest. I must admit though that I then saw some not so good ones on good reads which made me anxious. So far, so good but I’m not as far I. As I would have liked.

  4. All of this — cover, blurb, intro — sounds interesting. Alex could be a girl or a boy and that in itself makes me want to know more. I love the cover — kind of like marble roads and mountains. I’d keep reading for sure. Thanks for sharing. Here’s my intro/teaser for today from Kate Williams’ Becoming Queen: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1wi

    1. I like the cover too. And the title. It was that that first caught my eye.

  5. After reading this intro I’d definitely be tempted to read more – it’s subtle but very effective.

    1. It’s also a bit different for me…am still trying to stretch myself!

  6. Very strong writing – thank you for sharing. This is my TT – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/teaser-tuesday-28th-march-2016/

    1. It is all the way through (so far!)

      1. Glad to hear it:).

  7. The opening doesn’t pull me but the premise definitely does! I hadn’t heard of this book before so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

    1. It was the premise that got me. Plus some good reviews.

  8. Emma, this sounds like one I’d love – great intro.

    1. I hope it is a good read. So far, so good!

  9. This sounds like a me kind of book.

    1. I hope it’s as good as it seems.

  10. What a very tempting opening Emma – I can see why you’ve been anticipating this one so much.

    1. I hope it lives up to it. I made the mistake of looking at the goodreads score and it isn’t as high as I thought it would be *gulp*

  11. […] Tuesday, I shared the intro to my latest read The Lauras by Sara Taylor, which took me longer to get into than I thought it would, though I really liked the writing.  I […]

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