First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 66 | Pathway to Peace by Elizabeth Maddrey

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 Pathway to Peace by Elizabeth Maddrey:

First line from Pathway to Peace by Elizabeth Maddrey: Overly chipper instrumental versions of Christmas music played through the speakers, just loud enough to be heard over the customers who wandered the aisles of the Bullseye discount department store looking for the first of the season’s bargains.

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

About Pathway to Peace

All she wants is to leave her past behind.

Lindsey Bowers has spent five years hiding from her mistakes. She’s created a life, such as it is, where few people know about her past. If that means she has to keep people at arm’s length, so be it.

Gavin Harder is ready to tackle the future. Newly relocated to the D.C. area, he plans to spend Christmas with his grandmother and get settled before attending the Police Academy in January. He’s can’t wait to protect and serve with his new brothers in blue.

When Gavin’s grandmother invites Lindsey to share Thanksgiving dinner with them, Gavin makes it clear he’s not looking for a relationship. But the instant attraction he feels has him rethinking that decision. Before long, attraction turns to friendship with the hope of something more.

If they can move beyond the secrets they’re both keeping.

Pathway to Peace is the final installment of the Grant Us Grace series and touches base with now-grown Lindsey, the pregnant teenager who appeared in Courage to Change (Grant Us Grace Book 2). Revisit old friends in this Christmas novella by grabbing your copy today!

You can find Pathway to Peace online at:

Amazon | Goodreads

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  1. I’m adding this to my TBR. This looks like one I’d love. 😀

    I’m sharing about “A Lady of a Thousand Treasures” by Sandra Byrd over at my blog, but I’m almost finished reading, “The Bullying Breakthrough” by Jonathan McKee. So my first line will come from there.

    It’s 6:37 a.m., and I haven’t slept for hours.
    This has been an emotional project for me, probably the toughest I’ve ever tackled. Not because the research has been any more burdensome or the topic more daunting, but because never have I heard so much anguish and hurt.

    Happy Friday! Hope you have a wonderful reading filled with lots of good books to enjoy. 😀

    • The Bullying Breakthrough sounds excellent, but it does not sound like an easy read! I hope you also have something a little lighter to remind you of God’s goodness as you read that.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. Happy Friday! This week on my blog I’m featuring Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (13) here: “Doing what I haven’t ever done before has become a kind of purpose for me.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

  3. Michelle says:

    Lovely book. I am so ready for Christmas 🙂

    This week I shared from The Storm-Tossed Family (Russell Moore)
    So here I’ll share from my next book Basics for Believers (D.A. Carson)

    `The five chapters of this book provide an introduction to a letter the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians almost two thousand years ago.`

    • Christmas is the beginning of the summer holidays here in New Zealand, so the run-up is usually pretty stressful with the end of the school year and all that entails. But my daughter has already finished for the year, and my son has finished lessons—he now just has exams for two weeks, then he’ll be done. It’s going to feel like a long summer with them both home for a month longer than usual!

  4. Becky Smith says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Oceans Apart” by Clare Revell, included in the set “Somewhere Beyond the Blue”:

    “Oliver Voight checked his passport for the third time.”

    • I well know the feeling of checking and rechecking your passport! I went to Australia last weekend for a writing conference, and that’s the one thing I HAD to have. Tickets? You don’t need them at my tiny local airport. Passport? You need that! Enjoy the read!

  5. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White. Currently, I’m reading The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. This book is SO good, I’m absolutely loving it. I’m on chapter 28, so I’ll share a line from there:

    “The women came for her very shortly after, and while leading her off, they shooed Crying Bird away.”

    Hope you have an amazing weekend filled with great reading time! 😀🧡📚

    • I loved An Hour Unspent, but haven’t read The Cumberland Bride (this is going to sound odd, but the title put me off. When I see the word “Cumberland” my brain immediately adds “sausages”. Cumberland sausages are the best. But I then have a double take when I realise that isn’t the title).

      Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Yvette says:

    Happy Friday, Iola! I’m sharing from my current read, Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Here is a line from the top of page 9:

    “She thought she would never tire of watching him at the piano, his fingers caressing the keys, a look of such tenderness on his face as if he would gladly die for each and every note.”

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