First Line Friday #44: Just the Way You Are


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First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends! Don’t miss the current giveaways!

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

After you say hi and drop off your first line in the comments, hop around to the other First Line Friday ladies for more book recommendations!

Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

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One step into the massive, glass-walled waiting area was all it took. In a cataclysmic chain of evens, someone bumped into Eisley Barrett, sending her purse and all its contents skittering across the glossy floor of Heathrow International Airport.

Two lines, just for you reader friends! If you want to learn more about this book AND enter to win a copy (today is your last chance), check out Pepper Basham’s author spotlight (giveaway) and Just the Way You Are review + author guest post.


 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 | Joy of Reading


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


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    “You get out there, and I mean now.”
    My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains – Carmela’s Quandary by Susan Page Davis

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    Love that book! Since I have so many wonderful first lines to choose from at the moment, I’m going to share a different one here than on my blog. It’s the first line from Varina Denman’s ‘Looking Glass Lies’:

    “I woke up in the middle of the night in our cavernous walk-in closet. Again.”

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    I’m going to add the first line of a book I just finished!
    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.” – Count Me In by debut author Mikal Hermanns

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    SQUEEEEE!!! JTWYA and Pepper! 😉


    They were coming. from Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams


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      Exactly, Caryl!!! I feel the same way!!! Have a great weekend! (I was hiding in a book yesterday, okay… two books!)

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    I have my tablet sitting next to me. So I grabbed the it, the first book on it is from a recent download, A Spring of Weddings by Toni Shiloh & Melissa Wardwell. “You want me to do what?” (Deep first line!)

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      OH! I just read an excerpt of that book and it looks so good!!! Happy reading!

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    The line I’m going to share with you here is different than the one featured on my blog post. This book is one that my 9 year old son is currently reading for the second time.

    “This is a true story. Well some of it. Most of it.”
    Harlow & Sage (and Indiana) A true story about best friends by: Brittni Vega

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    Why, Livvie! Whatever are you doing? From The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. Just started this one

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    Today I’m sharing the first line from Cynthia Roemer’s debut book that came out today.
    Under This Same Sky
    Illinois ~ May 8, 1854
    Nothing could have prepared her for this.

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      The only airports I’ve been to are the ones I’ve driven to. LOL! 😀

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    Oh, how I LOVED Pepper’s book(s)!!
    Happy Friday (is it really?)!! My first line is from a nonfiction book that is being released on May 2nd, Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler: ” ‘Get my baby out!’ I screamed with a raspy voice.”
    And one of my favorite quotes: “Every day we have the opportunity to agree with God & allow His perspective to flood us with His hope. It’s like having a pressure washer in your mind.”

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      Becky, I feel exactly the same way!!! Thank you for sharing those lines, I’m checking that book out!! Happy reading!

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    One of my favorites! OF ALL TIME!!!

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    “There are a few days in my life that I can recall as if they happened yesterday.” from My Heart Will Always Cry by Janell Haworth Desmond (nonfiction – Westbow Press).

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      I don’t think I can recall any days in their entirety… that is impressive.

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    Pepper has truly captured my heart with her writing. I loved this story!! Finished reading The Thorn Bearer today and loved that just as much!!

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    First line of: Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson (releases May 2nd)
    “As Governor Bliss came to the podium, Lieutenant Evie Blackwell dug her hands into her coat pockets, grateful the January cold would keep this press announcement on schedule and limited to twenty minutes.”

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      I have not read any Dee Henderson yet but I need to! Thank you for sharing, Jane!

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    Hi Beth, sorry I am so late getting around. Grandparent duty called. Love, Love, Love Just the Way You Are!! Happy reading!

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