First-Line Friday #15

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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

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“If you are willing to admit it, you probably know me as Raine de Bourgh. Yes, that Raine de Bourgh. Did you blush at the mere mention of my pen name? Yeah. So did I.”

First, I just want to point out that I really love the cover. It is SO cute! Before I ever read the back blurb, I was hooked by the cover. I love the color schemes, the font, the hearts. I love the typewriter and the crumpled up balls of paper. Already I have questions: Is this book about an author who can’t meet a deadline? Will there be hi-jinks and funny adventures as we readers watch the author-character in this book? Is it about love and all its foibles? What a great cover to draw me in like that!

If you can’t tell, I am super excited to read this book. It sounds so good. If you haven’t heard of this debut novel by Bethany Turner, click HERE for the Goodreads blurb. It really sounds like it will be a new favorite of mine!


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).

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

18 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #15

  1. That is a very catching first line!

    My first line today is from The Art and Craft of Murder by Cat Parker:
    “One of these days, someone’s going to murder that stupid old woman,” Martha Johnstone said to me, as Hilary Short left my teahouse and walked off towards the harbor.

    Over on my blog, I’m featuring a Veterans’ theme from Abigail Strom’s Waiting for You.

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  2. My first line is from a book I’m going to be reading soon Hope Travels Through by Loni Kemper Moore…..

    The first time Dad picked me up at the Evansville airport in his 1976 Corvette, I should have recruited a fairy godmother. Not that I believed in such things.

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. My first line:

    My first-ever night away from home, I struggled with sleeplessness, having abruptly left with two other Amish gorls. The Proving by Beverly Lewis.

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  4. Loved this book!

    I’m currently reading The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright, which looks like it’s going to be full of suspense. Here’s the first line:

    Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.

    And I’m sharing from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay over on my blog.

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  5. Your FLF book is next on my TBR list!

    I’m sharing the first line from A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from a book near the top of my TBR pile here. “Blizzard-like conditions are expected to last through the evening.” That line is from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips.

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  6. YAY! I can’t wait to read all about Sarah!!! My current read is An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
    Eton College, Berkshire, England, 1797
    “The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.”

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