First-Line Friday #51


Woman of Clay

by: Linda Caddick


About the Book

“Shushana, Rafael is here!”

Milcah’s delighted voice interrupted Shana’s quiet reverie in the back room, where she was absently flicking a broom over the mud floor of their tiny stone-walled home.

I love Biblical fiction, so when the opportunity arose to read and review Woman of Clay, I jumped at it. This book looks very promising, and I can’t wait to dive into 1st century Israel. Definitely check back in a day or two for my review of this book!

Are you a fan of Biblical fiction? Who are some of your favorite authors?


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  1. Biblical fiction must be the coming thing – I also edit Christian fiction, and the book I’m currently working on is biblical fiction.

    I’m sharing from Open Circle by Stacy Monson on my blog. But today I’m sharing the first line from Then There Was You by Kara Issac, which has just won the 2018 RITA Award for Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements from Romance Writers of America.

    Congratulations, Kara!

    Here’s the first line:

    Paige McAlister didn’t think think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister’s wedding.

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    1. I love Then There Was You so much. One of my top 5 Christian novels. It’s awesome!!!
      Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend filled with good reading time. ๐Ÿ˜


  2. I shared the first line of Jo Piazza’s upcoming novel “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win” on my blog. I’m still currently reading it so, I’ll share the first line of chapter 19 instead.

    “Ted Slaughter made a grand entrance onto the debate stage. When Chalotte went to shake his hand, he dropped to the floor to begin the first of thirty-seven push-ups.”

    Happy reading! Hope you have a restful weekend! ๐Ÿ’—

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  3. From GUARDED PROGNOSIS by Dr. Richard Mabry, M.D.: โ€œThe men sitting in adjacent chairs looked out of place in the corner of the surgeonโ€™s waiting room.โ€ Dr. Mabry writes Christian fiction about doctors and hospitals. This is his latest and promises to be a real page-turner.

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    1. I’ve heard of him, and I’ve seen many good reviews of his books. I will have to check his books out. Time. It’s hard to find enough time to read everything! Thank you for sharing, Vickie. I hope you have a really good weekend! ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from Susan May Warren’s book “The Heat is On”.

    “Skye Doyle was going to get everyone killed.”

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  5. Happy Friday!๐Ÿ˜Ž

    My First Lines come from If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren…….

    โ€œWatching you die is the last thing I want to do on a Saturday morning.โ€ Sierra said it in a low mutter, nearly under her breath, but Ian heard it anyway, a slash across his chest, right between the ribs.

    Have a great weekend, stay cool, and Happy Reading!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ“š

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  6. I havenโ€™t read much Biblical fiction…I just canโ€™t seem to get into that genre although I know itโ€™s very popular. I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  7. That’s a genre I haven’t found real interest in. Maybe I’ll give it a go one day. On my blog I’m feature The Purchased Bride by Kit Morgan. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Four of that novel. “Herman Mayer wasn’t the brightest or the nicest man around, and he knew it.” Wishing you a great Friday!

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  8. For Biblical fiction, I guess I always have to go back to Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, because I read the Left Behind series in high school. In fact, I got to meet both of them at a book signing. ๐Ÿ™‚ And then when I went to Liberty University, one of the athletic buildings was named after Tim LaHaye. Happy Friday!

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  9. Happy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Iโ€™ve never heard of Women of Clay. Iโ€™m not really a fan of biblical fiction, but the first line makes it sound interesting. Maybe if I ever get through my extensive TBR pile, Iโ€™ll give it a go. This weekโ€™s FLF is Jen Turanoโ€™s A Match of Wits. Iโ€™m also reading Roseanna M. Whiteโ€™s Circle of Spies from the Culper Ring Series:

    โ€œMarietta Hughes was the worst widow in the history of mourning.โ€

    Hope you have a nice weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Here is the first sentence of Chapter One from the book I am currently reading. “Three” by Ted Dekker.
    “The office had no windows, only electric lanterns to light the hundreds of spines standing in their cherry wood bookcases.”
    **It’s a book I’ve read before. I’ve actually read ALL of Ted Dekker’s books several times. He’s an amazing story teller.**

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    1. My husband loves Ted Dekker novels. He’s read every one of his books. I’ve struggled with them. Not my genre. But, I do appreciate his storytelling ability. ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend filled with good reading.


      1. I also love Biblical Fiction. Francine Rivers has a trilogy called “The Mark Of The Lion” It is hands-down, one of the most inspiring series I’ve ever read. It’s about a young Jewish girl named Hadassah who lives in Jerusalem during the siege of Titus, son of Vespasian. I was never the same after reading them. I was inspired to be a more committed Christian and to not to be afraid to live a life of love and Christianity in front of a world that despises us. It broadened my depth of forgiveness. Trust me…its beautiful and transformational story-writing.

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      2. Whoa! That’s so cool that those books could do that for you. God works through everything. I have those books by Francine Rivers. After reading this I’m moving them up on my TBR pile. ๐Ÿ˜

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  11. My FLF quote is from Ann Gabhartโ€™s newest book: River to Redemption.

    June 1833
    Adria Starr didnโ€™t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had. She wanted to take care of them. She was seven.

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  12. I love Biblical Fiction! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one.

    I’m sharing about “Trials of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry on the blog today, but I’m currently reading “Unafraid” by Carey Scott. I’ll share the first line of chapter two.

    Authentic living. What does it even mean?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

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      1. Pretty much. The book is pretty much about not being afraid to be the real you that God created you to be and not being fake. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Happy reading to you as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  13. I love really well-researched and well-written Biblical fiction! Right now, I enjoy Tessa Afshar, Mesu Andrews, and Angela Hunt — Judah’s Wife by that last author was one of my favorite books so far this year.
    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Auschwitz Escape, but here I’ll share the first line from another book on my TBR pile, Anne Graham Lotz’ The Daniel Prayer: “The air was electric. People were shouting, crying, pleading with God.”
    Have a blessed weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you for sharing!
      Tessa Afshar and Mesu Andrews are my go-to authors for Biblical fiction. I haven’t read any of Angela Hunt’s works yet, but a couple of her books are sitting on my TBR shelves. ๐Ÿ˜


  14. I enjoy biblical fiction, but I haven’t read enough to decide on favorites – yet. Iโ€™m sharing from A Rebel Heart by Beth White on my blog today, hereโ€™s the first line of Chapter 2:

    โ€œSpyglass pressed to his good eye, Daughtry crouched behind a tree at the edge of the creek running through Bucknerโ€™s Ravine.โ€

    Happy reading!

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  15. I’m not a huge fan of Biblical fiction (or at least, lately I haven’t read much). But I have enjoyed books by Stephanie Landsem and Tosca Lee!

    My first line comes from a hilarious novella I just finished, part of the Once Upon a Laugh collection releasing next week! โ€œLia ran through the prestigious 148-year-old halls, red ponytail flying behind her.โ€ -If She Dares by Mikal Dawn

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      1. She is SO funny! I love this new novella (and all of the ones I’ve read so far in the collection!). It releases 7/23!

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