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First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 51 | Open Circle by Stacy Monson

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from Open Circle by Stacy Monson. It’s actually not the first line—but it’s close. It’s the last line of the first paragraph:

First line from Open Circle: Why did roses smell so different at a funeral than they did in the backyard?

What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the first line?

About Open Circle

Heartfelt women’s fiction with romance and depth that tackles the hard realities of Alzheimers with tenderness.

Mindy Lee “Minnie” Carlson’s dream job has dropped into her hands, but there’s a catch. She has four months to revive Open Circle, the town’s only Senior Adult Day Center, or the doors will close, leaving her jobless, and the seniors she cares for stranded.

Meanwhile, after decades traveling the globe and documenting the forgotten people of the world, Jackson Young discovers his beloved Grandma Em is still alive in Minnie’s small town.

Overjoyed, he races back to his hometown to reconnect, and discovers Grandma Em has adopted Minnie as her surrogate grandchild for the past twenty years.

Then Grandma Em has a stroke, and his ideas about her care pit him against Minnie’s determination and expertise. For Grandma Em’s sake, and the future of Open Circle, they’ll need to do the impossible–find a way to work together.

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First Line Friday | Week 50 | More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer:

First line from More than Meets the Eye: Don't lose heart, children. We have several strong families lined up in Bonham. I'm sure we'll find good homes to each of you.

What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the first line?

About More than Meets the Eye

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed.

Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

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First Line Friday | Week 49 | The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher.

Here’s the first line:

First Line From The Forgiving Hour: The sky that Saturday in May was a brilliant cloudless blue, sunshine kissing the earth with a promise of the summer to come.

It’s an older book that I recently picked up when the Kindle version was on sale. It’s brilliant—part romance, but mostly a deep and challenging examination of forgiveness.

(No, I couldn’t stop just reading the first line. My bad.)

What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the first line?

About The Forgiving Hour

Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband, Dave, was having an affair with a young college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over, including changing back to her maiden name of Conway.

Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments. She has raised a wonderful son, Dakota; enjoys her work; and finally has a new love. When Dakota informs her that he is engaged, she looks forward to meeting his fiancée, even as she wonders if 31-year-old Sara Jennings is too old for her “little” six-foot-plus boy.

Secrets never stay buried long, and only God can help Claire find forgiveness when betrayal comes back to haunt her.

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First Line Friday | Week 48 | Five Days in Skye

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano, which releases next week. Actually, it re-releases next week, with a fabulous new cover. But I’m sharing the first line from the original 2015 edition, and hoping it hasn’t changed (because it’s a good one!).

First line from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureno: At least they couldn't fire her.

Have you read Five Days in Skye or the sequel, London Tides? I loved them both, and now I’m waiting for the third book in the series. Unfortunately, I think I have to wait until 2020!

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About Five Days in Skye

Andrea Sullivan is so consumed by her hospitality-consultant job that she’s forgotten what brings her joy. She dreads her new assignment—a last chance to snag a high-profile client in Scotland. Yet the lush Isle of Skye transcends her preconceptions. As does the man she must impress, the rugged, blue-eyed Scotsman James MacDonald.

He’s passionate about cooking, but after six restaurants, four cookbooks, and his own television show, he’s grown weary of the scrutiny that comes with living in the public eye.

Soon Andrea and James begin to sense these five days in Skye together may just be God’s wild invitation into deeper life . . . and truer love.

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First Line Friday | Week 47 | Through Waters Deep

It’s Friday! That means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin:

Opening line from Through Waters Deep: On a platform by the bow of the USS Ettinger, Mary Stirling prepared supplies no one would notice unless they were missing.

This is the first Sarah Sundin book I’ve read, but it won’t be the last!

About Through Waters Deep:

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First Line Friday | Week 46 | Enchanting Nicholette

It’s Friday! That means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall:

First Line from Enchanting Nicholette: I suppose you have a new wardrobe ordered from Paris?

Enchanting Nicholette doesn’t release until October, but it’s also available as part of the Timeless Love Collection, which releases next week! The collection features seven stories, from Kari Trumbo, Andrea Boeshaar, Misty M Beller, Stephania H McGee, Pepper Basham, Sarah Monzon, and (of course!) Dawn Crandall.

Timeless Love is currently on sale for just 99 cents, which is a great deal—the preorder price for Enchanting Nicholette alone is $9.00!

All proceeds from the sale of the collection will be donated to the LiveStrong Foundation.

About Enchanting Nicholette:

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.

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First Line Friday | Week 45 | A Daring Venture

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from the latest release by one of my favourite authors, Elizabeth Camden. Here’s the first line of A Daring Legacy:

You and your brother are to go to the music room, close the door, and don't come out until I say you can.

Doesn’t that make you want to read more?

About A Daring Venture

As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city–but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York, Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the odds stacked against these two rivals swiftly grow more insurmountable with every passing day.

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First Line Friday | Week 44 | A Time to Part by Ama Pomaa

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line.

Today I’m sharing from a book I edited: A Time to Part by Ama Pomaa. Ama lives in Accra, Ghana, with her three sisters, managing an addiction to novels and writing stories that touch on God’s love and societal issues. So if you’re looking for a Christian novel with a totally original setting (Ghana!), then check out A Time to Part.

Here’s the first line:Book quote from A Time to Part by Ama Pomaa: Jasmine woke up wishing she was dead. The nightmares weren't to blame this time.

About A Time to Part:

Raised in an abusive home, Jasmine Morrison carries scars she doesn’t let show. After her father’s death, she leaves home to rebuild her life, away from the memories that keep her awake and the guilt of breaking the only man who ever loved her. When a tragic incident forces her back into the past, she’ll have to decide if letting go is too high a price to pay for everything she wants. But what if it means facing everything and everyone she’s been running from?

When Hagan crosses paths with the ex-love-of-his-life years after she drove a knife through his back, he knows God is up to something. Getting on board proves harder than he ever thought possible. That is until he realizes there’s more to what tore them apart, and that maybe, there is a chance save her this time.

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First Line Friday | Week 43 | Solo Tu by Narelle Atkins

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Solo Tu by Narelle Atkins. It’s the seventh book in the Tuscan Legacy series, and it’s my completely biased favourite, because it’s set in Australia.

Here’s the first line:

Her fifth autumn in Australia wasn’t ending the way she’d planned.

About Solo Tu:

Home means everything to Sienna Rossi.

Four years ago, Sienna defied her father by moving to Australia to obtain her teaching qualifications. Her grand plan is shaken by her father’s unexpected death and a trip back to Tuscany for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday where she renews her close bond with her sister, Alessa.

Teacher Dave Maxwell likes the freedom of his nomadic lifestyle. He works contract-to-contract, moving to different high schools around Australia. He’s in Sydney for a season, caring for his grandma while his aunt is on an extended overseas vacation.

Back in Sydney, Sienna moves in with her Aussie cousins and starts her first teaching job, torn between her dream for a future in Australia and her longing for home. Sienna and Dave work at the same school, attend the same church, and quickly become friends. They are drawn together by circumstances and an undeniable attraction.

But their idyllic time together is temporary. Can the girl from Tuscany and the boy from Australia risk everything for love?

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First Line Friday | Week 42 | The Theory of Happily Ever After

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristen Billerbeck. I’m actually sharing the first two lines, because the first line only makes sense if you also read the second.

Here’s the first line:

First line: Life is filled with irony. I mean, I wrote the book on bliss, and currently I am the most miserable person I know.

About The Theory of Happily Ever After

According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can’t always account for life’s anomalies–for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.

Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie’s friends book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she’s qualified to teach others about happiness when she can’t muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can’t ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck’s The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile–because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.

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