First Line Friday – 5.4.18


Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book I recently finished reading, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund.

An Awakened Heart

Here is the first line:


MAY 1857

“Stop prostituting yourselves and run to the loving Father who will embrace you with forgiveness.”


Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?

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Now it’s your turn to grab the book nearest you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line!

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11 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 5.4.18

  1. Wow. What a striking first line! It’s like a gut punch.

    so the nearest book near me right now…is my debut novel, releasing in December (because I need to be proofreading it). Is it okay to use the current first line (who knows if it’ll still be there after edits??)?

    “Today would have gone so much better in my paisley tights.” Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt (eep!)

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  2. Such a great first line, and a wonderful series of stories!
    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Mary Connealy’s The Accidental Guardian. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 8 of the same book.
    “A scream jerked Trace awake.”
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. This is a great series so far! The author recently released the cover for the next one to be released! πŸ™‚
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is The Road Home by Beverly Lewis but here I’ll share the book I just finished today called A Higher Ransom by Aleigha C Israel: “Anna Haddington took a deep breath of the salty air.”

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  4. I’m sharing from my current read, No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens, on my blog today, so here is the first line from an upcoming read, Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber:

    “The moment Earth’s United World Council officially placed seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow at the top of their Imminent Terrorist Threat list, a siren went off in the circular downtown building, and she became the most wanted teenager alive.”

    Have a great weekend!


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