First Line Friday: Serenity Hope


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Happy Friday, reader friends! I owe y’all some reviews! Once I kick the remnants of this nasty head cold (which has seriously sidelined my brain powers), sending out some book love and swoofness is top priority.

On a happier note, we have been researching travel trailers (aka bumper-pull campers) for quite sometime and we are ready to take the plunge just as soon we locate a suitable trailer at the right price for our growing family (growing up, not increasing in number… in case my mama happens to read this). 😉

If any of y’all are experienced camper owners, I’d love to hear your advice and tips for shopping for and outfitting a home away from home! If I’m not around, you can bet we’re off to do some browsing and I’ll keep you posted!

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Serenity Hope by Michael Winstell

Serenity Hope by Michael Winstell
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Sunset fire stretched across the horizon. Serenity Hope MacAlister brushed a strand of chestnut brown hair out of her eyes and rubbed Hillbilly’s neck.

I have only ridden a horse once but I am always drawn to stories with horse-lovers. There’s just something wise and comforting about horses that I can’t resist.

By the way, today’s guest on Hoarding Books is offering a giveaway so don’t miss out!

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    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. 🙁 But I have to say, that disclaimer wasn’t just helpful for your mama! Lol! I was getting excited then for a few seconds.

    I’m featuring the long-awaited conclusion to Ronie Kendig’s fantasy series this week: Fierian. However here, I’ll share the first line from Tammy L. Gray’s new release, Until I Knew Myself:

    “Even after his mom passed away, Tyler refused to call himself an orphan.”

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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      LOL! I have learned to cover those little rabbit trails over the years 😉 You have a good weekend, too!

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    Happy Friday! Hope you are feeling better soon Beth!

    My FLF comes from a book I will be starting later this weekend, Love’s Journey in SugarCreek by Sienna Miller.

    The leather on Rachel Troyer’s gun holster creaked as she shifted her weight on the kitchen chair. Her three elderly Amish aunts shot wary glances toward the offending weapon.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!😁📚

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      Thank you, Susan! I feel better than yesterday! What a cute line! You have a wonderful weekend, too!

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    Aw, sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Hope it turns around soon.

    I’m currently reading “My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby’s Prospects” by Janice Thompson. The first line is: “Never underestimate the power of coffee, Neville.”

    Hope your weekend is both restful and productive!

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    I hear ya on the reviews! I have a bunch myself that I have to post. Hope you feel better soon!!

    I’ll share a first line from the new release by Jessica Patch.

    “Do you ever feel like sometimes the sunshine is deceiving because the day is going to be ominous regardless of how bright it is?”

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    I hope you feel better soon!! Over on my blog today I’m sharing the first line from Michelle Griep’s newest book “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”. Drop on by if you get the chance and let me know if you are a fan of numbers. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Thank you, Trisha! I just finished reading Brentwood’s Ward. I’m looking forward to The Innkeeper’s Daughter! Have a great weekend!

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    Ada Rupp balanced on her chair and reached overhead to finish stapling the row of alphabet letters across the front of the classroom.
    By Rachel J. Good

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    Beth, I’m praying you feel better soon!

    Father Brian Flynn, the curate at St. Augustine’s, Rossmore, hated the Feast Day of St. Ann with a passion that was unusual for a Catholic priest. – Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

    Happy Friday! 🙂

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    Head colds aren’t fun. :-/ I hope that you’re feeling better soon! 🙂
    I haven’t heard of this book, but I love a good horse book, too!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line of a wonderful new book about the Maccabees, Judah’s Wife, but here I’ll share the first line of the nonfiction book I’m reading now, Our Unmet Needs by Charles Stanley: “Do you have a nagging, gnawing feeling that something isn’t quite right in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed by a need you can’t meet, a problem you can’t solve, or a question you can’t answer? Are you able to identify the real need that underlies your feelings of uneasiness, fear, worry, or restlessness?”

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      No, they are not. Thank you! That’s what I thought too! Sounds like a good read! Have a good weekend, Alicia!

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      Thank you! I had the privilege of photographing the series for the author. The first book is such a sweet story; I really enjoyed reading it!

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    Happy Friday! I always love seeing what everyone is reading when I get to stop by! My first line is from A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green:

    “Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest.”

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    Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring The Healer by Beverly Joy Roberts. It’s an amazing fiction that moved me deeply. I hope you will take the time to check it out. Here, I will share the first line from a book by C.H. Spurgeon that I’m currently reading. “‘Thou has visited me in the night.’ –Psalm 18:3. ‘Tis a theme for wonder that the glorious God should visit sinful man.” Wishing you a blessed weekend.

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    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog today, I am sharing the first line from Kristi Ann Hunter’s new novella, A Search for Refuge. I’m just on chapter two, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    “Nash slid the tin of peppermints into his coat pocket and reached beneath the counter to pull out Mrs. Lancaster’s log book.”

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    Happy Friday!
    I am featuring Olivia Twist on my blog so here I’ll share the first line from The Man He Never Was by James Rubart. Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.

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      Oh, I’ve heard great things about Mr. Rubart’s work! Happy reading, Andi!

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    Have I ever told you about the horseback riding class I had to take in college?

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    Hope you get feeling better soon! I love horses, so I am drawn to this book by the cover alone. I am currently reading Flood Waters by Christy Barritt, so I am going to share the first line of Chapter 22. Today’s Goal: Do whatever necessary to find Skye and nothing else.

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    Glad you’re feeling better Beth! I’m getting over a sinus infection & nasty cough myself so have missed the last couple Fridays.

    My first line is from A Bouquet of Brides Collection featuring 7 novellas. I’m taking the first line from In Sheep’s Clothing by Pegg Thomas.

    Milford, Connecticut
    April 10, 1702

    With a final snip, another layer of guilt fell into Yarrow Fenn’s lap.


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