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First-Line Friday #25


Destitutio Quod Remissio

by Brett Armstrong


The grisly, grey swirls churned up before Marcus, a thin mask to the merciless heat. Dimly he could perceive the fiery furor’s warmth caressing his cheeks in an increasingly unpleasant way.

About the Book

This is a new-to-me author, and definitely a title I have not heard of previously. But, this book promises to be quite good. It gets very good reviews on Goodreads, and so far the chapters that I have read are pretty intriguing and engaging. I hope for it to be a pleasant read. If this book is new to you, too, click on the About the Book link to read the Goodreads summary.

I wish you all a fantastic Friday, and an excellent and restful weekend!

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


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!

34 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #25

  1. I’ll be interested to hear your take on this. I reviewed a fantasy novel by this author last year.

    I’m featuring the first line from the SECOND chapter of Mesu Andrews’ ‘Isaiah’s Daughter’ on my blog (since the first line of chapter one is on Hoarding Books this week), but right now I’m going to share the first line from ‘Fatal Mistake’ by Susan Sleeman:

    “He was coming for her, and he was close.”

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today, my First Line Friday comes from the next book on my TBR mountain, Coming Home to Island House by Erica James…..

    There she is, the scarlet woman herself.’
    ‘She’s back then.’
    ‘Back to flaunt herself right under our noses. She’s no shame, that one.’
    ‘No shame at all.’

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. My first line today (that I’m also sharing on my blog) is from Melissa Tagg’s From the Start. “How in the world had rain earned such a romantic rep?”

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Heather Day Gilbert’s latest “Guilt by Association” It is the 3rd book in her Murder in the Mountains series. I’ll share here the first line from chapter 4.
    “Without a doubt, the number five trailer is the prettiest place in Scots’ Hollow.”
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. This looks like an interesting read!

    I’m sharing about The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma on my blog today, but I’ll share a first line from a book on my soon-to-read list here.

    Your first thought upon picking up this book is probably: How can a person born without any limbs consider himself to to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this Earth?
    -Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children by Nick Vujicic

    Happy weekend!

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  6. I was half expecting the first line to be in Spanish!

    The snow in middle Tennessee melted enough that my mailman finally showed up with a few packages in hand (a few of the books I’ve been waiting on). I pulled the first line to share from one of those:

    Her head throbbed and grogginess gripped her.
    –Thread of Revenge by Elizabeth Goddard

    Happy Friday.

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  7. The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy. I will share here the first line from a children’s book I just finished reading by A. Lynn Basset called The Boy and The Clock Book. “Tick-tock, tick-tock. Only three minutes stood between Charlie Higgins and the best summer ever!” Have a great weekend!

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  8. Oh, Brett’s book was so good! Happy Friday! My first line is from Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust:

    “A persistent knock at the front door dragged Kat Williams awake.”

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  9. what an interesting-sounding book! My current first line is from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright –

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

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  10. My first paragraph is from Melody of the Soul from Liz Tolsma:

    Anna Zadokova held her mother’s tiny body close. If only she could imprint the feel of her on her skin. She breathed in her scent, a combination of rose water and fried onions. Everything she loved best about her. A light mist dampened them both.

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    Two Years Earlier

    Renee huddled in the garden shed in her pajamas and tried to hear him over the pounding of her heart in her ears. – Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

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  12. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier! Here’s the first line of my current read: Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood.

    Ingleford, Surrey: June 1907
    The day her pupil’s father threw Lilia Brooke’s copy of Homer’s Odyssey across the schoolroom was the day she knew she’d have to leave Ingleford.

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