First Line Friday – 7.21.17

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Whether you’re looking for a good book or just curious what others are reading, you’ve come to the right place. Each Friday I pick a book and share the first line with you. This week I am sharing the first line from A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears.

A Heart Most Certain

Here’s the first line:

Southeast Kansas

October 1905

Lydia King took a tentative step into Mr. Lowe’s hazy office, feeling like Bob Cratchit approaching Scrooge.

 This one is patiently waiting in my library. If you get to it before I do, be sure to leave me a comment on how you liked it!

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

English Lady @ Romances of the Cross

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 7.14.17

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Whether you’re looking for a good book or just curious what others are reading, you’ve come to the right place. Each Friday I pick a book and share the first line with you. This week I am stepping outside my typical genre and sharing the first line from The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson. However, it isn’t too far outside my genre, because even though it is a speculative fiction novella, it IS Christian (though not overtly) and it DOES have a romance. Plus… I absolutely LOVED it!

The Girl Who Could See

Isn’t that cover just gorgeous?

Here’s the first line:

Present Time

On television crime shows, they never tell you how cold it is.

Since this book is a little different than my usual pick for FLF, I’m going to share the back cover description as well:

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after al—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 7.07.17

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Whether you’re looking for a good book or just curious what others are reading, you’ve come to the right place. Each Friday I pick a book and share the first line with you. This week I am sharing the first line from No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer.

No Other Will Do

Here’s the first line:

Winter 1882

Cooke County, Texas

Malachi Shaw made the arduous climb back into consciousness with great effort.

Although it is the first book in a series, No Other Will Do can be read as a stand alone and has been one of my favorite reads this year. With the unique premise of a town inhabited entirely by women with reasons to fear/resent men, this series is rich with possibilities.

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 6.30.17

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Today is a very special Friday. You see, today I get to celebrate the birth of the woman who most assuredly inspired my love of reading:  my mom! So in honor of my mother’s birthday, I’m sharing the first line from a book which she has recently read and enjoyed.

A Match Made in Alaska is the # book in Love Inspired’s Alaskan Grooms series written by Belle Calhoune.

A Match Made in Alaska

Isn’t that just a beautiful cover? Thanks mom for choosing such a pretty book! 🙂

Here’s the first line:

“Welcome to O’Rourke Charters.”

Okay, so it’s a fairly bland first line, but I think it will help if I tell you the first paragraph reveals the heroine is boarding a small plane in Alaska wearing leopard print pajama bottoms. Oh and she’s heading for “Love, Alaska … a town filled with hot bachelors looking for love.” I certainly think that makes things a little more interesting. 😉

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 6.23.17

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Today I’m attending the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference which means I’ll not have much time to read. Whenever I am running short on reading time, I turn to either audiobooks or novellas. So today I’m featuring a collection of novellas I recently finished reading:  Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, & Gina Welborn.

 

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands

I can’t say it’s the best novella collection I’ve read this year, but it filled the need and was certainly enjoyable. Plus I really liked exploring its unique premise. Here’s the first line from the first story:

Abigail Melton entered the kitchen to the sight of her mother slumped over the table, a telegram clutched in one hand.

Abigail’s Proposal by Cynthia Hickey

Don’t worry, she’s not dead, but that is certainly a dramatic opening, isn’t it?

I just have to add some of my favorite lines as well, though:

“Choosing forgiveness had helped her choose hope, too.”

A Clean Slate by Susanne Dietze

“You’ve limited God’s grace to man-size proportions … and allowed your fear to grow into God-size proportions.”

Louder Than Words by Gina Welborn

“My uncle Chief Black Bob says that seeing the past makes a man wise, living in the past makes him a fool.”

Louder Than Words by Gina Welborn

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 6.16.17

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Can you believe we are already halfway through June? I don’t know about you, but I feel like yesterday was April. At least it’s the weekend, right? Well technically it’s Friday, but Friday is a fun day around here so I’m counting it as the start of the weekend.

This Friday I’m sharing the first line from a book I’m currently reading:  For The Record by Regina Jennings.

 

For The Record cover image

For The Record is the third book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series. Here’s the first line (okay, lines):

October 1885
Pine Gap, Missouri

Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privelege of belonging to Texas. Not that he despised the rest of the world for its misfortune, but there was a difference.

This line could almost make the hero sound like a stuck up jerk. I haven’t read too far yet, but my impression isn’t that he’s a jerk. Just that he has a definite opinion about things. I haven’t made my mind up yet as to how much I like him. Guess I’ll just have to keep reading. 😉

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

First Line Friday – 6.9.17

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Oh my goodness does it feel good to be able to breathe easily again! I am stocking up on my vitamins to keep those viruses away for good and looking forward to a fun weekend. What better way to kick it off than with the first line of a few good books?

In celebration of its release this week I am featuring Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer which I reviewed back in May.

Heart on the Line cover image

 

Since I shared the first line of the prologue in my review, today I will share the first line of the first chapter:

Late Autumn 1894
Denison, TX

“Amos Bledsoe! Get out of the street before you run someone over with that infernal contraption!”

This line makes me grin and remember what a unique and amusing character Witemeyer created in Bledsoe.

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

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes