First Line Friday – 6.1.18

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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 picked up at the 2018 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett.

Out of the Ruins

Here is the first line:

San Jose, California
August 16, 1905

“The doctor could be wrong.”


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While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best. As they work together toward a cure, Abby’s feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

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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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23 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 6.1.18

  1. I’m really enjoying Karen Barnett’s National Parks series, so I’d love to get my hands on this one.

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘A Solace of Water’ by Elizabeth Byler Younts this week, but as Ronie Kendig has just released the new and revised edition of Wolfsbane (one of my all-time favourite books!) I’m going to share the first line of that here:

    Blood dripped into his left eye.

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  2. PROLUGE
    May 1, 1815

    BEAWORTHY, DEVONSHIRE, ENGLAND
    We observed the first of May as we always did. – The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

    Happy Friday! 🙂

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  3. What a first line! I haven’t read this series, but the National Park series has been great so far!

    More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer is on my reading agenda this weekend, so I’ll share the first lines from that: 1879–Fannin County, TX
    “Don’t lose heart, children. We have several strong families lined up in Bonham. I’m sure we’ll find good homes for each of you.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Over on my blog I’m featuring the first line from Tara Johnson’s “Engraved on the Heart”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 14.
    “Keziah wrapped the cloak around her shoulders and eased her bedroom door open, wincing at the gentle creak that echoed down the dark hallway.”

    Do be sure to drop by my blog page and enter the giveaway!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I love Karen’s new series, I’d like to get my hands on this one as well! I just finished reading A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter… “Graham, the Viscount Wharton, heir to the earldom of Grableton, pride of the Cambridge fencing team, coveted party guest, and generally well-liked member of both Brook’s and White’s, was bored.”

    Happy reading!

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  6. Happy Friday! My first line is from Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark:

    “Garret Stevenson kicked the snow off his boots, climbed the steps to the roofed platform of the Union Pacific Railroad station and stopped.”

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  7. I’m currently reading her National Parks series, but I hope to read her other books as well! One of my (other) current reads is A Proposal to Die For, the first Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery by Vivian Conroy:

    ‘Marry me.’ The whispered words reached Lady Alkene Callender’s ears just as she was reaching for the gold lighter on the mantelpiece to relight the cigarette in her ivory holder.

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Tessa Afshar’s upcoming novel, Thief of Corinth, due out in July. Here I will post the first line from the novel I’m about to begin, This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller.

    November, 1852
    Canadian Rocky Mountains

    “I am the luckiest man alive.”

    Makes you want to read to find out why he’s the luckiest man alive, huh?! Lol! 😊

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  9. Whoa! That first line already makes me want to know more!

    I’m sharing about “No One Ever Asked” by Katie Ganshert on the blog, but I’m currently reading, “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd.

    Alarm’s menacing sting picked Kate Dearborne’s consciousness and hurried her steps.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!

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    1. Better late than never! Life happens and sometimes the things we most want to do get squeezed off the calendar. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! I know you could be reading a novel right now. 😉

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