First Line Friday #39

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First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends! We’ve had a stomach bug strike again so I’ve been a bit scarce this week. I have a few review posts coming your way and make sure you check out Sandra Byrd’s author spotlight & giveaway!

It’s time again to peek at a first line and chat books in the comments!!!

As always, you can find my blogger buddies at the bottom of the post and I encourage you to go check out their featured books once you’ve said hi and dropped off your first line here!

The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin

The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin
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A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall of the wedding chapel.

Just because I hate to leave y’all hanging with that line, this is a sweet romance and no one dies 😉


So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

Then go see what all these lovely First Line Ladies are up to:

Reading is My Superpower | Bookworm Mama | Singing Librarian Books | Radiant Light | Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | All the Book Blog Names are Taken | Robin’s Nest | Fiction Aficionado | Bibliophile Reviews | Kathleen Denly | Lauraine’s Notes | With a Joyful Noise | A Baker’s Perspective

If you’d like to share the First Line Friday fun on your blog, let Carrie know at Reading is My Superpower!

19 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Ooooo that first line sounds so intriguing!! *Adds book to TBR list* 🙂

    My FLF is courtesy of Becky Wades’s True to You: “Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.”

    Hope you and your family feel better soon, Beth Erin!!


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    Oh my word! Your first line is great! I laughed!

    Drum roll please ~

    Wait for it ~

    “Even if she hadn’t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle.” ~Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

    I don’t know why I waited so long to begin reading the Maisie Dobbs series, but this first book is wonderful! 🙂


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    Happy Friday! I’m definitely going to check out your book!
    My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s new book Without Warning:
    “I had never been in the Oval Office before.
    But I’d always imagined my first time going differently.”


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    From – THe Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter
    As Emma stepped into the spacious sewing room her late husband had added onto their home, a sense of nostalgia settled over her.


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    Beth, I’m so sorry your family is ill! Praying you are better soon! ((((HUGS)))))

    Claire Murray headed for the barn, a burst of cold air lifting her long blonde hair and tossing it into her face. – To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!


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    I hope you feel better! I’ve lurked around First Line Fridays but haven’t participated yet. So this is my FFL debut!

    The book I’m currently reading is by a new to me author, Crystal Walton, called Write Me Home, and I’m about 60% through and loving it. First line: Of all the places to spend one of the last weekends of his senior year, Ethan DeLuca had to be here. The stench alone was enough to drill resentment into his bones.”

    But the book nearest to me is actually beneath my fingers because Friday is one of my writing days. Here’s the first line from Three Words and a Kiss, coming . . . sometime this year (first drafts are so hard!): Samantha Klein seldom disobeyed her parents, but tonight, as the first stars pricked through the sky’s fading canvas, she approached the intersection of Washington and First Avenue, looked both ways, and crossed a line.

    (Can we have a day where we have a bunch of first lines and we have to connect them to the right books? Like a scramble? First lines are so fun!)


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      Sondra! I’m so happy to have you here!!! 🙂
      OH I adore Write Me Home! Ethan and his Nona melt my heart!
      OOOOoooooo! Thanks for sharing a sneaky peek at your WIP 😍
      I like your FLF twist! We’ll have to make that happen!


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    what. a. first. line….I was concerned that someone died in the second line!

    “No room!” The man with the large hat exclaimed. – Pool Tears by Erin Pyne (another take on Alice in Wonderland)

    I bought this book ages ago at an art gallery in Asheville, NC, and I’m finally reading through it. One of the best parts of this short book is the illustrations created by Cayce Moyer.


    1. // Reply

      That was my first thought, Barbara! Don’t you love pulling a book off the shelf then wondering why it took you so long to read it? 😀


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    LOL my mind didn’t go “death.” Instead I thought, “Uh-oh. Diva in the house.” I checked Amazon and it’s a clean romance, so I’ve purchased it and added it to my TBR. 🙂 Thanks. I’m always looking for a fun romantic comedy and this one sounds intriguing.


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    Oh my goodness! Did the groom see the bride before the wedding? Did someone spill coffee down the wedding dress?!


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    I hope you all get feeling better quickly, Beth.

    “A bad case of jitters had Larkspur Linwood by the scruff of the neck.” Castles in the Clouds by Myra Johnson


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    I’m currently reading my first Mary Stewart (general fiction market), so my first line comes from The Stormy Petrel:

    “I must begin with a coincidence which I would not dare to recount if this were a work of fiction.”

    Hope your family is feeling well soon, Beth!


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    Oh, I read that book! It was good.
    My first line this week is;
    South Carolina, November 1780
    Daniel Reid slowed his horse and sucked air into his lungs as he reined to the road’s grassy edge.
    The Patriot and The Loyalist by Angela K. Couch

    Happy Friday!
    ~Andrea


  13. // Reply

    This looks like a fun one! Just added it to my Goodreads TBR pile. 😀


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    That isn’t usually something good to hear at a wedding lol

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