Thursday, May 16, 2024

Riders by Jilly Cooper -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Riders by Jilly Cooper

Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.

Because he had to get up unusually early on Saturday, Jake Lovell kept waking up throughout the night, racked by terrifying dreams about being late.
-- from Riders by Jilly Cooper. We can all relate to that opening sentence!

I had never heard of Jilly Cooper until I saw this cover on Instagram last week. It is one to catch the eye! I went down a Jilly Cooper rabbit hole and can't believe the fun I've been missing. Her books sound like pure, escapist fun, especially the Rutshire Chronicles series, of which Riders is the first of 11. Riders was first published in 1985, but not with this racy cover from the 2015 reissue.

 You can buy Riders on the US amazon site, but it is expensive. I got this brand new copy from Blackwell's Books in England for a very reasonable price, including free delivery to the US. And it got here in about a week. 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

Freda at Freda's Voice started and hosted The Friday 56 for a long, long time. She is taking a break and Anne at My Head is Full of Books has taken on hosting duties in her absence. Please visit Anne's blog and link to your Friday 56 post.


-- from Riders:
The hostess was kind, but too distraught about gate crashers to introduce Tory to more than two young men, who both, as usual, danced one dance, then led her back and propped her against a pillar like an old umbrella, pretending they were just off to get her a drink or had to dance with their hostess. Thinking about Jake non-stop didn't insulate her from the misery of it all.

Set against the glorious Cotswold countryside and the playgrounds of the world, Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles . . . offer an intoxicating blend of skulduggery, swooning romance, sexual adventure and hilarious high jinks.

Riders, the first and steamiest in the series, takes the lid off international showjumping, a sport where the brave horses are almost human, but the humans behave like animals.

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