First Line Friday – 11.9.18

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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 lines from When You Look at Me, a contemporary Christian romance and the latest release by Pepper Basham. It’s book 2 in her Pleasant Gap Romance series but totally readable as a stand-alone. I was so excited to receive an advance copy of this novel and I cannot wait to share my review with you on November 19th!

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Here are the first lines:

Julia Jenkins was a glass-half-full person.

Well, most of the time.

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An unexpected mother-to-be

A romance-leery composer

And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures.

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

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20 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 11.9.18

  1. Henry and Julia ❤

    I'm featuring the first line from Angela K. Couch's brand new release "The Tory's Daughter" on my blog, but here, I'm going to share the first line of "Little Women", which I've just started listening to via audiobook:

    "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Ahhh! I just found out tonight that it released and IMMEDIATELY popped over and bought my copy! I am so excited to read it tonight! I have been waiting for this one since the last book in her series released. 😀

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  2. My first line is from Stratagem by Robin Caroll:

    “ According to your estimation, she has eight minutes to figure out she can’t open the doorunless her employee uses the key he got in the last room.”

    I’m reading a Pepper book right now! She makes me laugh!

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  3. My first line comes from A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner:

    Manhattan
    September 2011

    The length of floral-patterned challis rested on the cutting table like a bridal bouquet undone.

    Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!!!

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    1. Okay, I admit. I don’t know what challis is and I’m having trouble picturing a bridal bouquet undone. Maybe I’m just stuck on the word challis.
      Huh. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Happy Friday!

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  4. Sweet cover. 🙂 Today is book launch day for my latest Regency novel, so I’m featuring it on First Line Friday on my blog. However, I am currently reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. I will share from the third chapter, which is where I’m at. “It was a grisly kind of day.”

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  5. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from A Musket In My Hands by Sandra Merville Hart. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 8.
    “Callie’s fingers shook as she signed the document to enter the army.”

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend with lots of time to enjoy reading!

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  6. Happy Friday!🍁 I can’t wait to read that book!!😊

    My first lines come from Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh….

    This is it, Lyndie. Don’t blow it. Lyndie St. James stood in the hallway of Judson Music Studios, willing herself to open the door. A door that, in the past few months , had come to mean so much, thanks to constant reminders that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!🍁🙃💕

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  7. Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright but I’m currently reading A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (30) here: “Staying close to the narrow river that now barreled downhill through the valley toward Beit She’an, we kept within the trees as much as possible.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. LOVE this book!!!!! Happy Weekend! My first line is from Wait for Me by Susan May Warren:

    “He wasn’t looking for trouble, but if Pete didn’t act right now, at least one person was going to die.”

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  9. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from An Unseemly Wife by E.B. Moore on my blog. Here is the first sentence from Chapter 6:

    “On and on, they rode alone through the woods, between the branches, a flaming sun setting thin clouds aglow, until one night the sky cleared to a deep black studded with uncountable white points.”

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  10. Great first line, and I’ll look forward to reading your review!

    I’m sharing from Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears over on my blog, and I’m currently reading another in the same genre – The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings. Two great books from two great Christian Western romance writers! Here’s the first line from The Lieutenant’s Bargain:

    “If she’d known there were so few washrooms in Indian Territory, Hattie Walker wouldn’t have drunk three cups of coffee at breakfast that morning.”

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  11. I need to add this book to my TBR list.On my blog I shared the first line of Wait for Me by Susan May Warren so I will share the first line of my current read, In Too Deep by Lynn Blackburn:

    “The shrill ping of his cell phone earned white-collar crimes investigator Adam Campbell a vicious glare from his aunt Margaret.”

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