First Line Friday – 5.18.18

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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, With You Always by Jody Hedlund.

With You Always

Here is the first line:

NEW YORK CITY
JUNE 1857

Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.


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When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

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10 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 5.18.18

  1. Ooooo, that book that you just finished looks so good!

    “I invite you to join me on a Writer’s Journey, a mission of discovery to explore and map the elusive borderlands between myth and modern storytelling.” – The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

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  2. Happy Friday!😎

    My First Line comes from a book I’m reading now, The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark…..

    If loneliness were a color, it would be the deep purple of my eight year old’s shirt as he walks solitary laps around the school track.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚📚

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  3. Happy Friday!

    “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’” No, I’m not reading Pride and Prejudice (again), but am reading a retelling by Debra White Smith: First Impressions.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. I love Jody’s books!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Robin Mason’s The Silent Song of Winter.

    ” The sounds of the swamp in winter would scare another person but not me.”

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  5. I loved that book so much. Jody Hedlund is one of the best writers!

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Karen Barnett’s novel Where the Fire Falls (#2 in her Shadows of the Wilderness series) over on my blog. Here I will share the first lines from chapter 2.

    “Clark grunted as he jostled the bags under his arm and clambered up the stairs. At her disposal? First change he got, he’d be setting this little minx straight.”

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing this week on my blog is Grace in Strange Disguise but here I’ll share from The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke, which is the book I featured for my Memorable Monday post this week: “Emily Evans lifted a slender hand and pushed back a wisp of wayward brown hair.” Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  7. I love every Jody Hedlund book I have ever read! I’m currently reading Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett. Here are the first couple of lines from chapter 10…
    “Clark strode into the Glacier Point Hotel. A burning sensation simmered in his gut, like his best campfire stew straight from the pot.”

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  8. I’m sharing from a favorite re-read on my blog, but I’ll share from my current read here – a novel set in the 1920’s, Ramble and Roar by Catie Cordero:

    “I wasn’t looking for death. It found me. That’s what I tell myself.”

    Have a great weekend!

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