First Line Friday #47: Love’s Winter Hope


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First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends! Don’t forget to check out our latest edition of bookish bargains and 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 great book recommendations!

Love’s Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings

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Love's Winter Hope

Eagle Harbor, Michigan
November 1883

“Look out!” Thomas Dowrick’s shout echoed over the angry noise of the waves. He bent his head against the wind and staggered toward the gunwale, moving as quickly as he could over the water-slickened deck toward the young sailor caught against the railing.

 Eagle Harbor series

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

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    The real question – at least for me – wasn’t where Chandra Morrisey had found the elegant white lace fan she swept back and forth in front of her face when the exclamation oozed our of her, but where on earth her exaggerated Southern drawl has come from.
    Gone With The Twins
    by Kylie Logan

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    Great first line! I have those books on my TBR stack! I’m off to my cousins graduation, but before I go, I thought I’d share something different here than the book featured on my blog today. This book is one my son is reading.
    “Betsey Maxwell wearily trailed behind Loren as her brother dodged the muddy puddles, horse manure, and piles of crates in the narrow London street.”
    – The Thieves of Tyburn Square by: Dave & Neta Jackson
    The Trailblazer Books – Bethany House Publisher 1995

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    Here’s my first line:
    Garvin Poole slipped out of bed, got his lighter off the fireplace mantel, and walked in his underwear through the dark house to the kitchen, where he took a joint out of a sugar jar, then continued to the garden door. ~Golden Prey by John Sandford

    Dinh @ Arlene’s Book Club

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    I love that book! I love the whole Eagle Harbor series.
    My first line is from the book I’m currently reading.

    A shiver rippled across Juanita Hoyt’s shoulders, an involuntary spasm induced by the cold metal encircling her wrists.
    Signs of Life by Valerie Banfield

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    I was definitely not born to sail ships. Lines like that make me shudder!

    I have the first line from Erynn Newman’s debut release ‘Out of Darkness’ on my blog, but here I’m going to share the first line from Johnnie Alexander’s latest release, ‘What Hope Remembers’:

    “The June sun beat on Gabe Kendall’s bare head and tapped into his childhood memories of horse farm.”

    Happy Friday!

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    I LOVE sailing…in books…Haha! That’s enough adventure for me right now. Ooooh, and Eagle Harbor! Jody Hedlund has a book set there too in the same time period. Adding these to my TBR now!

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    “Where are we going?” Kate’s sapphire eyes probed for any words of encouragement.
    “God has an unusual assignment for you, Kate.”

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    I have Love’s Winter Hope on my kindle.
    Happy Friday! My first line is: “My heart beat as if it was trying to build up speed and erupt from my chest.” From Warfare:Life After Book 2 by Julie Hall. Coming out June 13th.

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    Lots of good lines today!

    My first line is from TURTLES IN THE ROAD, a humorous romance from mother/daughter duo Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea. The book arrived yesterday, and I didn’t get to crack it open until 1:00 AM…but I just HAD to start it before bed! The first chapter is hilarious…and Piper is my new BF! — “Normally a nice long solo drive had a calming effect on Piper.”

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    Help Lord. I’m Having a Senior Moment

    Dear God:
    For twenty years the laundry room has been off-limits to me. I’ve been instructed–and yo’re my witness–that my knowledge of how to wash, dry, fold and iron clothes is so lacking as to disqualify me from even auditing Household Management 101.

    I literally reached for the book nearest me. This is a book I brought home to get ready to put in the church library. Haven’t read it yet.

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    Naomi’s series is on my wish list!

    It’s a Regency weekend for me. Today I’ve started reading Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series.

    October 1911
    Berkshire, England

    Julia Foster lifted her gaze to the clear October sky as a lark swooped past.

    The Governess of Highland Hall


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    Happy Friday, Beth! I haven’t heard of this series, I need to check it out. Happy Reading! xoxo

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    That series is on my TBR list. Love the covers!

    “New York City
    June 1857

    Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.”

    ~With You Always by Jody Hedlund

    Happy Friday! 🙂

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    I haven’t read this one! Sounds intriguing.

    Here’s mine. Judy Hedlund’s For Love & Honor: “You have one month to pay the debt,” Captain Foxe stated, his tone as rigid as the plate armor he wore.

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    Great line I enjoy Naomi’s books!
    Okay, I have another one up on my blog, but this is the book I have just started to read; Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier. By Elaine Faber ” Lighting flashed and thunder rattled the windows of Wilkey’s Market where Agnes pushed a little metal cart through the crowded aisle.”

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    I think I would be more inclined to check out this book if I wasn’t sick of snow lol! But seriously, it oooks good 🙂 another one to add to my always expanding list!

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    Thanks for the welcome! I’m excited to be a part of this. This is a great FLF here. I love the cover of it 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

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