First-Line Fridays

First-Line Friday #18


Imperfect Justice


“As he reviewed the logs from Kaylene’s car, he was impressed. She was venturing beyond the short leash he had given her. So long as she remembered he was in charge, all would be well. But he sensed a growing resistance.”

I know this is more than one line, but I couldn’t help myself. The whole first paragraph in the prologue is so intriguing. I couldn’t leave off a single sentence! I want to know who Kaylene is. I want to know who “he” is. And, I can’t wait to see how this seeming power struggle will play out. I’m hooked!

This will be my first Cara Putman novel. I have heard some really amazing things about this series and about her other works. I look forward to diving into this book. If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Putman and her works, or you have not heard of this book, click HERE for more info.

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).

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28 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #18”

  1. I’m sharing the first line from Heather Gray’s An Informal Christmas on my blog today. The first line from the book I’m currently reading is “His footsteps echoing, Ryan Savage walked the first grader from the cafeteria toward the media center.” The Christmas Baby by Lisa Carter.

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  2. I loved this book! It was so intense.

    Today I’m featuring Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink (because it’s December and all).

    The first line of the book I’m reading is: “Not Now. For the love of candy canes, not now.” From I’ll Be Home for Christmas Collection by Bonnie Calhoune, Jill Kemerer, Allie Pleiter, and Lenora Worth

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  3. That sounds intense!

    I reviewed the anthology, A Grand Tour, a couple weeks ago, but it has such a great first line, it had to get included. This is from the first book, A Lord’s Chance

    Southern coast of Spain, October 1852
    The smell of deck tar warming under the Mediterranean sun made Miss Isabelle Strathmore smile beneath the brim of her second-best bonnet.

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  4. This looks so good!

    I’m sharing about The Austen Escape on my blog today, but the closest book to me is Christmas at Carton by Tamera Alexander, so I’ll use that here.

    November 13, 1863
    Franklin, Tennessee
    21 Miles South of Nashville

    “Very nice stitching, Mrs. Prescott.”

    Happy Friday!

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      1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it! It’s a lot of fun!

        Awesome! I’m hoping to start Christmas at Carton as soon as I get through these two review books first. 🙂

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  5. I’m glad that you included the whole paragraph! Imperfect Justice is on my must-read list.

    Happy Friday!
    My first line is from First Street Church Romances: Love’s Christmas Cheer by Alexa Verde:

    “Hurting her co-chef wasn’t an option,”

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  6. Happy Friday, Nicole! I’m excited to read Cara’s new series! 🙂

    MAY 1817

    I sat across the table from the man I most admired, feeling self-conscious. – The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

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  7. Wow! Those first lines certainly evoke emotion and pull you right into the story! I’m featuring Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick on my blog this week. It’s one of her best novels. I wish you a wonderful weekend and hope you are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season.

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    1. Happy Friday, Anneliese!

      Thank you for sharing. I agree, I think Sophie’s Heart is one of the best Wick novels too. Although they are all good. They were my first intro into really good Christian fiction when I was a teen.

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  8. I’ve read Imperfect Justice, and you’re right: that first line and paragraph pull you straight in with all the questions they raise.

    I’m sharing from The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce on my blog today. Great book!

    I’m currently reading Out of the Ordinary by the always-witty Jen Turano. Here’s the (long) opening line:

    Slipping through the crowd gathered on the upper deck of a most extravagant yacht, Miss Gertrude Cadwalader drew in a breath and adopted an air of what she hoped would be taken for nonchalance.

    With a start like that, I’m expecting another winner!

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