[First Chapter] Aphrodite's Blessings: Love Stories from the Greek Myths by Clemence McLaren


The Greeks called her Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. She sent her son Eros to shoot men and women with invisible arrows, spreading the sweet poison of love throughout their veins. The Romans changed her name to Venus and called her son Cupid--the same Cupid you see today on Valentine cards with his bow and arrows. But long before these ancient stories, before people recorded stories in writing, she was worshiped as the Mother Goddess, who brought forth each new generation to walk on this earth.

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly book blog meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea in which participants share the first paragraph or two of a book they're planning to read soon!

Now this, I think, is a good opening. Technically it's the first chapter of the introduction, not the first chapter, but this isn't a traditional story. It's a book of three separate myth adaptations, so I think the first paragraph of the intro is just as indicative of the rest of the book as the first paragraph of the first story's first chapter.

What about you? Does this opening make you want to read the rest of the book? If not, how would you improve it? Let me know in the comments below, and tune in next Tuesday for another book's first paragraph!

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