First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 32 | The Heart Between Us

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 Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel, which I’ve read and am about to review:

Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to the past. But it's not that simple.

That’s from Amanda, the original owner of the heart in the title. One of the items on Amanda’s bucket list was to give her heart away—which she did. To Megan. So The Heart Between Us is the story of heart transplant recipient Megan, and her twin sister, Chrystal. I’ll post my review of this brilliant book next week!

About the Book

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

You can find The Heart Between Us online at:

Amazon | ChristianBook | Goodreads | Koorong

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  1. I’m looking forward to reading this one. Just a few more to get through before then…

    I’m featuring the long-awaited conclusion to Ronie Kendig’s fantasy series this week: Fierian. However here, I’ll share the first line from Tammy L. Gray’s new release, Until I Knew Myself:

    “Even after his mom passed away, Tyler refused to call himself an orphan.”

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Ellie says:

    The cover of the book you are featuring makes me think it would be a fun read.

    I’m currently reading The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart by Jan Drexler. The first line is “You’re sure you want to do this?” I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Iola says:

      It is a fun read, but it also has a serious side. My review will post this week.

      You’ve got a good first line – a question is always an interesting opening!

  3. Beckie B. says:

    Loved this book! My blog is featuring Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn, but here I will share from As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner. “Morning light shimmers on the apricot horizon as I stand at the place where my baby boy rests.”

    Have a great Friday!

  4. Suzie says:

    I’m about 3/4 of the way through this one and thoroughly enjoying it.

    I’m (also) currently reading “My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby’s Prospects” by Janice Thompson. The first line is: “Never underestimate the power of coffee, Neville.”

  5. Over on my blog today I’m sharing the first line from Michelle Griep’s newest book “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”. Drop on by if you get the chance and let me know if you are a fan of numbers. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Love this cover! And will be reading it soon 🙂

    I’ll share a first line from the new release by Jessica Patch, Secret Service Setup.

    “Do you ever feel like sometimes the sunshine is deceiving because the day is going to be ominous regardless of how bright it is?”

  7. Caryl Kane says:

    I recently won an ARC copy. Hope to read it soon.

    Father Brian Flynn, the curate at St. Augustine’s, Rossmore, hated the Feast Day of St. Ann with a passion that was unusual for a Catholic priest. – Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

    Happy Friday! 🙂

  8. The Heart Between Us sounds really interesting – I will have to see if I can pick up a copy!
    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line of a wonderful new book about the Maccabees, Judah’s Wife, but here I’ll share the first line of the nonfiction book I’m reading now, Our Unmet Needs by Charles Stanley: “Do you have a nagging, gnawing feeling that something isn’t quite right in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed by a need you can’t meet, a problem you can’t solve, or a question you can’t answer? Are you able to identify the real need that underlies your feelings of uneasiness, fear, worry, or restlessness?”

  9. Becky Smith says:

    Happy Friday! I always love seeing what everyone is reading when I get to stop by! My first line is from A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green:

    “Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest.”

    • Iola says:

      Seeing what everyone else is reading is the best part of First Line Friday. Of course, the flip side of that benefit is that my bank balance gets lower and my to-read mountain gets higher …

  10. Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring The Healer by Beverly Joy Roberts. It’s an amazing fiction that moved me deeply. I hope you will take the time to check it out. Here, I will share the first line from a book by C.H. Spurgeon that I’m currently reading. “‘Thou has visited me in the night.’ –Psalm 18:3. ‘Tis a theme for wonder that the glorious God should visit sinful man.” Wishing you a blessed weekend.

  11. I’m very much looking forward to reading this book! I just need to find the time.

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog today, I am sharing the first line from Kristi Ann Hunter’s new novella, A Search for Refuge. I’m just on chapter two, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    “Nash slid the tin of peppermints into his coat pocket and reached beneath the counter to pull out Mrs. Lancaster’s log book.”

  12. Sophie says:

    Lovely cover and great first line! Happy Friday! My lines are: “Face it Eric. You’re a f@ckboy”. I turned away from the shapely a@ss I’d been checking out, and frowned”.
    These lines come from an ARC of Chaser by Kylie Scott and it’s sweet, fun and nostalgic so far.

    • Iola says:

      I read the description on your blog and I’m not sure I’d describe Eric as sweet, but I’ll take your word for it 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

  13. That is definitely a unique premise. Happy Friday!
    Over on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Michelle Griep’s The Innkeeper’s Daughter which I will review soon.
    Here, I will share one of my favorite lines from that book:
    “It might’ve been a cozy inn at some point, but now the walls leaned in toward the soot-blackened ceiling, giving the impression the entire building wanted to lie down and rest.”

  14. JaneReads says:

    Oh my gosh, I absolutely loved this book!

    I am currently reading Flood Waters by Christy Barritt, so I am going to share the first line of Chapter 22. Today’s Goal: Do whatever necessary to find Skye and nothing else.

    • Iola says:

      I loved it as well! Thanks for visiting and sharing your first line – I’ll have to check that out, as I’m a romantic suspense fan.

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