First Line Friday – 3.24.17

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It’s Friday. What are you reading this weekend? Today I’m featuring When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad. It’s Book 1 in the Gregory Sisters series and an excellent choice for historical Christian romance fans.

When Love Calls

Here’s the first line:

April 1908
Des Moines, Iowa

Did she dare?

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Andi @ Radiant Light

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

First Line Friday – 3.17.17

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Don’t you just love discovering new books? For today’s First Line Friday I’m featuring Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

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I just finished listening to this one on Audible and will be sharing my review in my quarterly newsletter so be sure to sign up. I didn’t want to stop at the first line today so here’s the first paragraph (or two):

Walnut Hill, Nebraska
September 1882

     This certainly isn’t the way I imagined it.

Standing on the raised planked platform with her name – Miss Amsel – chalked in the flowing script across the center of the black-painted board behind her, Edythe searched the somber faces for any small sign of enthusiasm. Row upon row of unsmiling lips and apprehensive eyes greeted her. Her stomach trembled.

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Andi @ Radiant Light

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

First Line Friday – 3.10.17

first-line-friday-3Welcome to First Line Friday! Whether this is your first week joining us or you’ve been following all along, I hope you enjoy this week’s first lines and I’d be delighted if you would share a first line of your own! So be sure to leave me a comment before clicking over to visit my First Line Friday friends (links below).

Today I’m featuring, A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings. This book made my list of the Top Ten Historical Romance Novels I read in 2016.

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Here’s the first line:

February 1865
Gratiot Street Prison
St. Louis, Missouri

“First, you’re going to write a good-bye letter to my sweetheart, and then you’re going to marry me.”

Talk about an attention grabber! This book made my list for a reason. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it.

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Andi @ Radiant Light

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

First Line Friday – 3.3.17

first-line-friday-3Another week has come and gone, it’s time to get our Friday on! As always, I’m sharing the first line of a good book and I’m hoping you’ll share the first line of the book nearest you in exchange. So be sure to leave me a comment below before clicking over to visit my First Line Friday friends (links below).

Today I’m featuring, For Love or Loyalty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. It’s the first book in The MacGregor Legacy series and I truly enjoyed its unique plot line.

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Here’s the first line:

A feeling of foreboding crawled over Malcolm MacGregor like a colony of insects picking at his skin.

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power
Rachel @ Bookworm Mama
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
Andi @ Radiant Light
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken
Robin @ Robin’s Nest
Katie @ Fiction Aficionado
Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews
Beth @ Faithfully Bookish
Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

First Line Friday – 2.24.17

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Don’t you just love Fridays? I don’t know about you, but I can often squeeze in a little more reading on the weekends than I can during the week. Then, of course, there’s church to look forward to and hopefully some extra sleep. These days, though, my favorite part of Fridays is visiting all the First Line Friday posts and checking out the books my friends are talking about on their blogs.

Today I’m featuring a book I read a while ago that has stood out in my memory, which is saying a lot considering the number of books I read. The book is titled, A Claim of Her Own and was written by Stephanie Grace Whitson.

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Here’s the first line:

Walking down the main street in Deadwood is like stepping onto hell’s front porch.

Doesn’t that line make you excited to keep reading?

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with my friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power
Rachel @ Bookworm Mama
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
Andi @ Radiant Light
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken
Robin @ Robin’s Nest
Katie @ Fiction Aficionado
Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews
Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Please be sure to stop by and welcome the newest member to First Line Fridays:  Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

First Line Friday – 02.17.17

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Hey, everybody! It’s Friday! You know what that means. We get to read and share the first lines of some pretty great books.

Today I am featuring Pepper D. Basham’s book, The Thorn Bearer (which I have reviewed previously), because it is the first book in the Penned in Time series and I will be reviewing the third book in the series, The Thorn Healer, on Monday. Be sure to sign up to follow my blog, so you don’t miss it!Cover Image of "The Thorn Bearer" by Pepper D Basham

The Thorn Bearer also has some of my favorite opening lines. Which is why I cannot decide whether I like the first line of the prologue or the first line of the first chapter better. So I’ve decided to share both:

Prologue:

“Death hovered in the shadows of the room, a shapeless presence as familiar to Ashleigh Dougall as the scent of morphine.”

Chapter 1:

“There is a distinct difference between marrying a man you do not love, and falling in love with a man you cannot marry.”

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power
Rachel @ Bookworm Mama
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
Andi @ Radiant Light
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken
Robin @ Robin’s Nest
Katie @ Fiction Aficionado
Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews
Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

First Line Friday – 02.10.17

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I am so excited to be joining in the First Line Friday fun! I love reading everyone’s first lines and discovering new books to read.

Today I am featuring The Scarlet Coat by Angela K. Couch.  the-scarlet-coat-cover-image

I recently won a copy of this book over at Mary Manners & Friends. (Thank you, Mary & Angela!) After reading the first chapter on that blog I have decided this will definitely be part of my in-flight reading on my way to the Asheville Christian Writers Conference next week. I was hooked from the first line. Here it is:

“The last rays of sun faded into twilight, and the wind whispered through the trees, as if warning Rachel to turn back.”

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Then head on over and share your First Line with these friends:

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power
Rachel @ Bookworm Mama
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
Andi @ Radiant Light
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken
Robin @ Robin’s Nest
Katie @ Fiction Aficionado
Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews
Beth @ Faithfully Bookish