First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week #76 | The Baggage Handler

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 Baggage Handler by debut Australian author David Rawlings:

First Line from The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings: The sense of dread that began with Becky's email pressed Gillian Short deep into her seat as passengers filed past her down the aisle, a line of eye-rubbing yawns and bouncing impatience.

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

About The Baggage Handler

When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever.

A hothead businessman coming to the city for a showdown meeting to save his job.

A mother of three hoping to survive the days at her sister’s house before her niece’s wedding.

And a young artist pursuing his father’s dream so he can keep his own alive.

When David, Gillian, and Michael each take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, the airline directs them to retrieve their bags at a mysterious facility in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the enigmatic Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed, and carrying it with them is slowing them down in ways they can’t imagine. And they must deal with it before they can leave.

In this modern-day parable about the burdens that weigh us down, David Rawlings issues an inspiring invitation to lighten the load.

You can find The Baggage Handler online at

Amazon US | Amazon US | ChristianBook | Goodreads | Koorong

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17 comments

  1. Beckie B. says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing it. I shared How The Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim on my blog. I will dig in to it later today. Have a fabulous day!

  2. Becky Smith says:

    This one sounds good, too! I need to check it out!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Liza’s Second Chance” by Molly Jebber:

    “Liza Schrock clenched her teeth and dug her fingers in the fresh dough in her Amish bakery.”

  3. I’ll be reading this one soon 🙂

    On my blog today I shared the first line from The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright but I’m currently reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte so I’ll share the first line of my current chapter (11) here: “A new chapter in a novel is something like a new scene in a play; and when I draw up the curtain this time reader–you must fancy you see a room in the George Inn at Millcote, with such a large-figured papering on the walls as in rooms have; such a carpet, such furniture, such ornaments on the mantlepiece, such prints–including a portrait of George the Third and another of the Prince of Wales, and a representation of the death of Wolfe.” I honestly don’t know how I made it this far into my life without reading it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green. It’s so amazing!!! I’m currently on chapter 22, so I’ll leave the first line from there.

    “The river had grown narrow and felt even smaller since Bright Star and Joseph had arrived with Gaspard Fontaine.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😀❤📚

  5. Yvette says:

    I’m sharing from Excellent Women by Barbara Pym on my blog today, but I haven’t started reading it yet, so here is a not-so-randomly chosen line from the first page:

    “I suppose an unmarried woman just over third, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business, and if she is also a clergyman’s daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her.”

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    • I think you’ll have to get used to seeing random quotes, not just the first line. I’ve now finished the novel, and there are a lot of quotable lines in there. Great writing!

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