First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 64 | Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m celebrating the re-release of Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins by sharing the first line:

First Line from Return to Baragula: As Emily's breathing slowed, the awesome feeling of ecstasy evaporated, and the full realization of what had happened raced through her.

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

About Return to Baragula

When overcome by being alone with the man she loved on the romantic beach setting, teenager Emily Parker failed to keep her promise to God never to make love until married. She never dreamed how it would impact her own life and the lives of many others. Six years later, despite the hateful way she’d been treated there, she has to return to her home town, but discovers that Matthew Davidson, the man she’d yielded to, is now the local doctor.

While Emily’s faith is now weak, even believing God can no longer love her, Matthew’s life has changed since he committed his life to Christ. However, now he has to deal with all the consequences of his actions with Emily. When he becomes ill and is still weak when disease attacks the community, Emily, a registered nurse, has to help him. But danger from her life in the city has followed her, and now also threatens her family. Through it all, will Matthew and Emily’s faith and love be strong enough to forgive each other, and deal with all the consequences of their behaviour?

You can find Return to Baragula online at:

Amazon | Goodreads

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Share your first line in the comments, and happy reading!

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  1. Beckie B. says:

    Iola, I love that you introduce me to authors I haven’t heard of before. Thanks !Here’s the first line from Lethal Target by Janice Cantore. “The dream was always so vivid for to Tess.” Have a great Friday!

  2. Trisha says:

    It is always fun to see what books are being shared on Friday! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Mary Connealy’s newest book “The Reluctant Warrior”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 20 of the same book.
    “What harebrained decision had caused John to come west working for the Chiltons?”

  3. Yvette says:

    I’m sharing from The End Begins by Sara Davison today. Here are the first lines from Chapter 1:

    Meryn didn’t move until a loud thud and a shout from upstairs yanked her from her stunned silence. “We need to get out now.”

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

  4. This week on my blog I shared Ours for a Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer but I’m currently reading Chosen People by Robert Whitlow so here I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (26): “Hana had trouble containing her excitement during her morning Skype session with Daud.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading!

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