First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 39 | Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

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 Where Hope Begins by Catherine West:

First Line from Where Hope Begins by Catherine West: My husband is leaving me. The thought, the reality, presses against my throat as I stand outside and take in the view from the back patio of our home.

This does a great job of introducing the plot. I love Catherine West’s writing, so I’m looking forward to reading this!

About Where Hope Begins

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

You can find Where Hope Begins online at:

Amazon | ChristianBook | Goodreads | Koorong

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25 comments

  1. Hmm, I’ve never read anything by Catherine West, but I’d like to try this one. It sounds like a thought-filled book, the kind I like. 🙂

    I’m featuring As Bright as Heaven on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from another on my TBR pile here, Quo Vadis: “Petronius woke only about midday, and as usual greatly wearied.”

  2. Suzie says:

    I have heard so many good things about this book. It’s on my TBR for later in May and I’m looking forward to diving in.

    My TBR pile includes The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. The first line: “Life is filled with irony.”

    Have a wonderful weekend

  3. I’ll be reading this one soon! I have my tissues on stand-by 😉

    I’m featuring ‘No Less Days’ by Amanda G. Stevens on my blog today, but right now I’m reading ‘Presumption and Partiality’ by Rebekah Jones–a Pride & Prejudice retelling set in 1930s Arizona!

    The sun beat down cheerfully on that last day of August in the year 1932.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

    • You’re going to need those tissues – this one made me cry, and I’m not usually a crying reader (I think the last book which made me cry was Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek).

      I loved No Less Days – I’ll look out for Presumption and Partiality. It sounds like a good read. Hope you have a great weekend too!

  4. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Becky Wade’s Falling for You. I’ll share with you here the first line from a book I recently read and enjoyed “Amongst the Roses” by Meghan M. Gorecki
    “Papa’s Home!” A nameless shiver of dread worked its way up Margaret Bryant’s spine, causing her fingers to shake as she checked the chatelaine watch at her waist.”

  5. The book I’m sharing on my blog is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, but the book I’ll share here is the one I am currently reading called Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson: “Candlelight flickered on the medieval walls as Gisele Duchant stepped into the warmth of the nave.” Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. Becky says:

    Oh man. My heart just broke when I read that first line. I’m adding it to my never-ending TBR.

    I’m featuring “Beneath a Prairie Moon” by Kim Vogel Sawyer on the blog today, but I’m going to share about the book I’m currently reading called “The Story Peddler” by Lindsay A. Franklin.

    Colored ribbons of light poured from my fingers. One strand broke free and soared above the crowd’s head, glowing golden in the afternoon sun.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading! 🙂

  7. That’s a rough first line!

    Happy Friday!!!! I’m so excited for the weekend.

    I’m sharing the first line from The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd over on my blog today. Here, I will post the first line from a YA novel I teach to my 9th Honors English students — Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin,

    “The end came quickly, and there wasn’t any pain.”

  8. Becky Smith says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Miss Wilton’s Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack, which will be released May 1st:

    “As a vicar’s daughter, Lenora knew that doing the right thing was not always easy, in fact it was rarely so.”

  9. Wow! That tears me apart right from the start! On my blog, I am featuring Mail-Order Revenge by Angela K. Couch. Here I will share the first line of chapter five from the book I’m currently reading, His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark. “‘Thank you.’ Blake looked up and snagged Audrey’s gaze with his. ‘It feels odd, having you pour my coffee.'” Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  10. Yvette says:

    I loved her last two books – need to stock up on tissue for this new one!

    I’m sharing from my current read, The Backcountry Brides Romance Collection from Barbour Books, on my blog today. So here is the first line from the prologue of a book I plan to read soon, The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron:

    “Crumbling walls were rare, beautiful things.”

    Have a great weekend!

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