First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 21 | The Carpenter’s Daughter

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 Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald.

First line from The Carpenter's Daughter

It’s a great first line, and a great novel. I loved it. (Because this is me. Once I read a first line like that, I can’t stop until I read the last line, and all the lines in between.)

One thing that really got me was how well Jennifer Rodewald writes emotion. If you’re wondering how my own writing is going, it’s ground to a complete halt as I realise how much I’ve got to learn. You can blame Jennifer Rodewald for that. #SorryNotSorry

About the Book

One word can change a life.
Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived twenty-one years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought. But a harsh comment about her “butch” appearance sends her on a search for identity.
Enter handsome and easygoing Jesse Chapman, the roofer she meets on her first foray into volunteer work for Homes For Hope. In every way, the quirky man is her opposite—confident, a people kind of guy, and most importantly, happy. His likable qualities continue to draw her in, and for some reason he keeps coming back to her. But they can’t be more than friends—he’s made that crystal clear. Except for a handful of times…and the confusion is driving her crazy.
Sarah’s quest for self-definition becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and she discovers that the journey will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void in her heart becomes an obsession she cannot escape. How far is she willing to go to discover who she really is?

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  1. Oh, I LOVE Jennifer’s writing! And I STILL have to read this one. I say that every time someone mentions it, so I really need to follow through!

    I’m featuring the second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series on my blog this week–“Where Two Hearts Meet”–because the main character Caden is a cook. However I can’t resist sharing the first line of Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes novella here (Lygos), which just released this week:

    “Killing someone changed a person–irrevocably altered how they viewed life, each breath, and each day . . . or the next kill.”

    It. Is. Awesome! 😁

  2. This looks like a great read with a fantastic first line!

    I’m sharing about One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg over at my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.

    “How can I help?”

    Happy Weekend!

    • I loved The Austen Escape!

      One Enchanted Noel sounds good as well. I’m hoping Santa will bring me a time turner, so I can read all the fabulous books recommended on #FirstLineFriday!

  3. Caryl Kane says:

    Happy Weekend!

    As the days grow shorter, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again. – Leslie Newman

    Dear Neil,

    I’ve started this e-mail sever times, and I know that doesn’t mean a lot because you’ve yet to receive a completed draft, but it’s true.- Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge

  4. Becky Smith says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from A Match of Wits by Jen Turano:

    “Sometimes, no matter how independent and self-assured a young lady believes herself to be, certain situations demand a good dose of screaming.”

  5. Beckie B. says:

    Thanks for sharing! Here’s the first line from a book I received this week. “Tessa Tarrington’s life was in the toilet.” — Life on The Porcelain Edge by C. E. Hilbert. Have a great weekend!

  6. Nicole says:

    So sorry I got to your post so late…it’s been a busy time with family who traveled from various places for Thanksgiving celebrations.

    I featured Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall on my blog for this past FLF, so here I will leave the first line from the beautiful novel I just finished reading, also by Cindy Woodsmall, The Gift of Christmas Past. Cindy wrote this phenomenal read with her daughter-in-law, Erin. It’s a great book that I cannot recommend enough!

    “Hadley’s mind reeled with disbelief as her foster mom shoved her clothes into an old suitcase. ‘But…but I’m innocent.'”

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