“Alafair, you stupid girl. It’s First Samuel. First Samuel, for goodness’ sake.” Mrs. Evangeline LeBlanc rustled to the table in her black silk gown, taking up the heavy Bible from the table and flipping rapidly through its pages until she’d found the correct chapter and verse. “First Samuel, chapter 28. You had the pages turned to Second Samuel, chapter 24.”

Her daughter shrugged. “Really, Mama, do you think any of these people will notice whether it’s First Samuel or Second Samuel or a page from Mrs. Gaskell? It’s so dark in here you can’t see your hand in front of you face.”

There you have it, the first two paragraphs from the prologue to India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr. Would it grab your attention? I really wish the bit had featured India. I love her brashness.

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