Today I am linking up with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph or two of the book you are currently reading.
I’m also once again joining The Purple Booker with Teaser Tuesday. It’s easy to join – just grab your current read, open it to a random page, and share two teaser sentences being careful not to include any spoilers.
First Chapter/First Paragraph
Brandt felt his mother’s arms close round him – as if he were still a child. Her embrace was soft. Her breath, cool against his forehead. He could even smell her – milk and warm bread. How he’d ended up back here, in her arms, he didn’t know.
He opened his eyes, expecting to see hers looking down at him, her cheeks swelled by her smile, her lips full and rose red – but instead found a stretcher pulled taut by the outline of a man’s body, its mottled canvas less than an arm’s length above him. The stretcher jerked from side to side as they moved along a rough part of the road. Close by he could hear someone swearing repeatedly, their voice shrill, and, even over the sound of the vehicle’s loud engine, he could make out the rumble and thud of artillery shells pursuing them.
Of course, the person he really wanted to see was the woman with the red triangle.
What if it was her? What if it wasn’t? If it was her, he’d have to do something. He had no choice.
The Constant Soldier by William Ryan
1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut – a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who – against all odds – have so far survived the war.
When, by chance, Brandt glimpses one of these prisoners, he realizes that he must find a way to access the hut. For inside is the woman to whom his fate has been tied since their arrest five years before, and now he must do all he can to protect her.
But as the Russian offensive moves ever closer, the days of this rest hut and its SS inhabitants are numbered. And while hope – for Brandt and the female prisoners – grows tantalizingly close, the danger too is now greater than ever.
And, in a forest to the east, a young female Soviet tank driver awaits her orders to advance.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 6/1/2017
Do these entice you to want to read the book? What are you reading this week?
I’d love to read your First Chapter/First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday if you’d like to link them in the comments below!