First-Line Friday #41

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Welcome to this week’s edition of #FirstLineFridays! This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, our theme is mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and/or mentors.

Little Women

by: Louisa May Alcott

1934

About the Book

Chapter 1: Playing Pilgrims

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

“It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

“I don’t think it is fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

“We’ve got Father and Mother and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner.

I adored Little Women when I was growing up. I read it many times, plus I watched every film and TV version ever created. I love how the sisters interact. I always wanted a sister to share things with — dreams, clothes, make-up, advice, etc., but I got three brothers instead. LOL!

When I think about great literary parents, I think of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Marmee March in Little Women. When I think about what it means to be a good mother, I think about Marmee and how she is always there for her girls.

To all the moms, grandmoms, and female mentors out there, I want to wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!


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20 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #41

  1. Kay Garrett says:

    “Thank you, Hope Early, for joining us and sharing all of your tips for spring cleaning. I’m sure you’ve inspired our listeners to get busy and start cleaning out their homes,” Morning Pete of WPTX radio said.
    THE UNINVITED CORPSE
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  2. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from a book I will be reading later this month, The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan.

    There are good anniversaries, and bad anniversaries . This was a bad one and Suzanne chose to mark the moment with a nightmare.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!😊📚💖

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  3. Anneliese Dalaba says:

    Thank you, and a Happy Mother’s Day to you as well. I have one sister and she is my dearest and best friend. On my blog today, I am featuring a book by Georgette Heyer, “A Civil Contract.” Here, I will share the first line of chapter 10 in that same novel. “Few invitations conferred so great a distinction on the social aspirant as one to Nassington House.” Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. thebeccafiles says:

    It’s been several years since I’ve read Little Women but it’s an absolute classic!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is Unblemished by Sara Ella but I’m currently reading called The Road Home by Beverly Lewis. I shared the first line last week so I’ll share the first line of chapter 22 where I am right now: ” The next morning, after the four o’clock milking and a nice hot breakfast, Mimi suggested Harley take a lemon pound cake over to Abram Mast’s for his birthday.” Cake anyone? 😛 (I actually don’t like it though lol).

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  5. Iola says:

    Little Women is a great Mother’s Day choice! I’m not sharing a Mother’s Day book this week, although I am celebrating 18 years since I became a mother 🙂

    I’m currently reading Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh, a romance about a woman wanting to reconnect with the mother who abandoned her years ago. But the first line is from the viewpoint of the hero:

    He shouldn’t be here.
    A diner in some little tourist town in Michigan was no place for Grady Benson, but here he was.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Heather says:

    I love this book!! My favorite film adaptation of this book is the one with Winona Ryder from the 90’s. But I’m excited to see the new PBS version of Little Women with Angela Lansbury. 🙂

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