First Line Friday: The Esther Paradigm


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Happy Friday, reader friends! Today is going to be a busy, busy day for this gal! We’re celebrating diversity in this week’s special edition of First Line Friday but, in case some of y’all don’t know, I also contribute to other blogs around the interwebs, here there and what’s starting to feel like everywhere on days like today!

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So, while I am scrambling to keep up with comments at Diversity Between the Pages, Hoarding Books, and here (or giving up and hiding in a book… I love y’all but readers gotta read), I’ll also be popping in and out over on Seekerville! Today is Carrie’s first solo post there and I already had a peek… y’all won’t want to miss it!

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The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
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Hannah throwing her leg over the saddle and sliding down Jamal’s side before he even came to a stop hadn’t fazed me in the least. That was who she was. Exuberant. Expressive.


Oh, Karim… (he’s a complex guy, y’all are going to love him!) Above is the first line of the second chapter, the first line of the prologue is featured today on Hoarding Books, and y’all can feast on a portion of chapter 1 in our book spotlight!

I know I’ve mentioned this but The Esther Paradigm is an RT Book Review TOP PICK and among my top favorites for 2017 (plus TWO of the swoof reads files)!

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    Wow! You are a busy lady! I will definitely stop by Carrie’s post.

    The Esther Paradigm is all over the book blogger world. I think I better pick it up before I’m the last one to read it! 😉

    I’m sharing the first line from Mikal Dawn’s Count Me In over on my blog, but here I’ll share the first line from a book I just finished and will be reviewing next month:

    No Small Storm by Anne Mateer

    “Remembrance Wilkins – Mem to her friends and family – shivered, feeling to her bones the coolness of stone walls which never warmed.”

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    I just finished two books so…..
    I am just going to crack open Irene Hannon’s Dangerous Illusions:
    “ Hello Matt, long time no see”
    As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightening illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant.

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      I’d like to read more of Irene Hannon’s suspense… I really enjoyed Thin Ice!

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    This is on my to-read pile and I’m looking forward to reading it! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

    I’m sharing the first line from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano on my blog. It has so many great lines!

    I’m currently reading ‘Aint Misbehaving by Marji Lane. Here’s the first line:

    “Her future wasn’t the only thing at stake.”

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      Oh! New-to-me book! I’ll have to look up Marji Lane when I get a chance. Thank you for sharing, Iola!

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    Love, love, love! And you definitely ARE a busy lady!

    I’m sharing the first line from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” today, in keeping with the diversity theme, but here I’m going to share the first line of “One Plus One Equals Trouble” by Sondra Kraak:

    “Killing Edward Stevens was beyond her proper ways. So instead, Claire Montgomery made tea.”

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    Happy Friday!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading later this month, The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane….

    I was born twice. The first time was on July 9 to Paul and Mimi Haas in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother died six years later.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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    My head. My head. My head!

    An Otter Lake Mystery
    By Auralee Wallace

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    You are one busy lady! I love The Esther Paradigm <3
    I hope you get some "Beth" time to read today!!

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      Thank you, Tricia! I plan to just as soon as I find a stopping point with comments and write a review! Woo!

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    The Esther Paradigm! <3 <3 <3 How do I always miss the themes for First Line Fridays? Haha.

    I'm sharing A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd on my blog today, but I'm currently reading Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews so I'll share that here.

    732 BCE (Spring)
    Judean Wilderness

    My friend Yaira said to be brave – but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching. She told me to be a big girl, not to cry, but I'm only five and I've seen big men crying.

    Happy Weekend!

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      Ooops, we might have forgotten the reminder last week but they’ll be on the sidebar when we cook some more up!

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        Sweet! I need to pay better attention to that next time. Haha.

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    Keeping busy keeps me out of trouble :).

    Loved Sarah Monzon’s latest book! I’ve recommended it to several people!

    I’ll share the first line from the next book on my TBR list: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke: Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livre.

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      I hope that proves true for me as well! Although if I weren’t busy with other things, I would definitely be busy reading 😉

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    WHEW! Hope you are able to enjoy some downtime this weekend!


    Night crept over the hills, smothering the landscape in a cocoon of darkness that would hide him in a few minutes. – Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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      If by downtime you mean reading time, then I do too! I wouldn’t complain if it was quiet and I didn’t have to cook but that’s pushing the confines of reality a bit too much 😀

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      Sad! No Kindle app on your phone?! You should ALWAYS be close to a book, Karen 😉

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    Love this book!

    Happy Friday!!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons. So here I will leave the first line from the book I am starting next, Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren.

    Chapter 1
    “Sierra should have brought marshmallows.”

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    I love these Fridays & reading the first lines from all these books I’ve either enjoyed or want to read!

    My first line is from Rush by Jayme Mansfield:

    “I can’t stop shivering when I sleep alone.”

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      I don’t think I’ve read any of her work! I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing, Becky!

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    These are really lovely words! Happy Friday.

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    Congratulations on being a writer for Seekerville! I love the picture of all of y’all! Happy Friday!

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    Ahh, these Esther Paradigm posts…

    I’m sharing Susie Finkbeiner’s A Cup of Dust over on my blog, but I’m hoping to start Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters novels soon so here is the first line from the prequel novella, Then Came You:

    “Garner’s Journal Entry

    Silvie left me today.”

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      I’m hoping to read Susie’s books at some point in the nearish future. I’ve really enjoyed the Bradford Sisters series so far! Happy reading, Yvette!

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    Congratulations on being a new addition to Seekerville! I’ll check out Carrie’s post.

    My first line today is from Robin Lee Hatcher’s You’ll think of Me. I’m reading it now and I have trouble putting it down! “Brooklyn Myers sat on the narrow stretch of lawn beside the brick apartment building, watching her ten-year-old daughter.”

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    I really enjoyed The Esther Paradigm. Such a great book to feature when celebrating diversity.
    My first line from my current read is: “So you broke up with Farrah?” from Coming Home to Steeple Ridge by Liz Isaacson

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    An Otter Lake Mystery
    By Auralee Wallace

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