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First-Line Friday #12


Embracing Hope


Drew McKinley twisted the gold wedding band around and around his finger then made a tight fist.

I am so excited to finally get to read this book! I have heard so many good things about this story. If you have not heard of this novel or author, check out this link here. And, make sure to check back here in a few days for my full review.

Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below. Then head on over to Hoarding Books to see all of the FLF pages this week (just click on the FLF button below).




I love Jesus, my husband, and my daughter. I love reading and reviewing Christian fiction. And, I am a high school English teacher trying to get kids to fall in love with reading every day!

36 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #12

  1. Happy Friday!

    My FLF is from Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

    Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for.

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I’ve seen this book around several times, but haven’t had the chance to check it out yet.

    I’m featuring the first line from The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller on my blog this week, but right now I’m almost finished a gripping read by Candace Calvert, Disaster Status, so I’m going to give you the first line of that:

    “Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms.”

    Gotta get back to it! Have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. I haven’t read that author, but it has a good first line!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Love Unawares, a historical fiction book by Michelynn Christy:

    Prairie, Texas 1895
    “Well, Jed. Are you ready to meet your new wife tomorrow?”

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  4. Happy Friday, Nicole!

    Here’s the first line from my next read:
    “Fowltown Village, Georgia
    Big Chestnut Moon (October) 1817
    Captain Marcus Buck dropped to one knee beside an Indian’s crumpled form and swept a hand down her face, lowering her lids over sightless eyes.”
    Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner

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  5. Ooh, I’ve never heard of this before. Sounds like a great first line! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    I’m sharing about Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but here I’m going to share the first line from The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon.

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

    Chapter 1
    This was not how I’d thought I would die.

    Happy Friday!

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  6. The honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs. Above her, heavy clouds menaced the moon, revealing then concealing the scene below.
    From The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller.

    Only half done with this one but it is turning out to be just as good as the other two in the series!

    As usual, Nicole, you’ve given me more to put on my mountain!

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    1. Happy Friday, Paula!!! I know…my TBR pile is more a mountain now than a pile. Hope you have a blessed weekend with lots of reading time. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is an excellent story.


  7. Wonderful first line! HAPPY FRIDAY!

    Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

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  8. Thank for the Embracing Hope shout-out Nicole! Here’s my first line from Stacy Monson’s “The Color of Truth.”

    “Do you know who did this to you?” The man’s question came down a long tunnel, echoing through her throbbing head.

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  9. I am currently reading The Trouble with Falling, written by a South African author. Somehow I’ve only read the first book in the series but skipped to book 4. Oh yeah, it’s because I got a great deal on the book. 🙂 I really enjoyed The Trouble with Flying and gave it four-stars.

    Just a caveat before the first line. This book, while it does not contain any sexual situations, does have some references to certain body parts that should not be mentioned (at a bachlorette party). And a “mild” swear word is used several times in it. Other than that, I am enjoying the book so far. Stay tuned for a review once I’ve finished.

    So here is the first line

    The guy on the other side of the craft supplies store is watching me.

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  10. I’ve read Embracing Hope, but didn’t love it. I’ll be interested in your thoughts.

    I’m sharing from The Dishonourable Miss DeLancy over on my blog, but I’m currently reading The Captive Brides collection. I’ve just started Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson. Here’s the first line:

    Matilda Brampton took one more look at the walls of the Parramatta Female Factory and vowed it would be her last.

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  11. That is definitely a great first line. It caused me to click on the link to read what it’s about. I’m featuring A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano on my blog, but here I will share the first line from a novel I recently published called Reluctant To Wed. “Sitting in her grandfather’s traveling coach, Emma suddenly felt the impact of her decision.”

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  12. I hope you enjoy reading this book!! 🙂
    On my page I shared the first line from Heather Day Gilbert’s “God’s Daughter” a fantastic story rich in viking history. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.

    I’ll share here an old favorite of mine “Heidi”
    From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the food of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below.

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