Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
Summary: Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip, even if it’s done in secret, from a jail cell.
I’m thinking: Don’t know! The sample chapter was an introduction. I’ll have to visit the library or stand in a bookshop for five minutes and see.
Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce
Why I have it: Spotted in one of Susan’s ‘books to look out for‘ posts.
Summary: Marie, a young single mother, is a waitress at an upscale steakhouse. She’s serving more than steak. Obliteration—not pleasure—is her goal.
I’m thinking: Yes, I want to know more about Marie.
The Muse by Jessie Burton
Why I have it: Because I loved The Miniaturist.
Summary: Since arriving from Trinidad, Odelle Bastien has struggled to find her place in London. A job at the Skelton gallery and a particular painting changes everything.
I’m thinking: Yes, I’m a sucker for a killer opening line –
“Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve.”