First-Line Friday #82

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The Memory House

by: Rachel Hauck


About the Book

Chapter One — Beck

Manhattan, New York

“She was never afraid of the dark. But the light? Now that terrified her.”

I adore Rachel Hauck’s novels. They are SO good! And The Memory House is amazing. I am only to chapter 10, but I can already say, “Go get this book!” It’s such a wonderful and engaging read. Check back soon for my full review.

Happy reading!




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37 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #82

  1. I read this book for Netgalley and really enjoyed it. Here is my first line from Irene Hannon’s book, DRIFTWOOD BAY: “Chaos. That was the only word to describe his new home. And his new life.”

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  2. Hi! Happy Friday.

    I shared the first couple of lines from my recent read, You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn. I thoroughly enjoyed the book & definitely recommend it to you. Here, though, I will be sharing the opening lines of my current read, Mother Country by Irina Reyn.

    First-World Problems

    Brooklyn, April 2014

    In this Brooklyn neighborhood, Nadia was sure she was the only nanny from Ukraine. She preferred to think of herself as an observer, a temporary traveler, someone waiting for a new life to begin, rather than who she really was: a worker executing an invisible task within the neighborhood’s complex ecosystem.

    I’m only 10% into Mother Country but already it’s proving to be an interesting read. It’s about a mother whose daughter is trapped in war-torn Donbass in Ukraine. I think this one will turn out to be an important read for me.

    Hope you enjoyed that. Happy weekend!

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  3. This sound like a really great book!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line of Amanda Dykes’s novella “Up from the Sea”. Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 25 of the book I’m currently reading, The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd. “They’d found her.”

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Trisha. I still haven’t gotten my copy of this book yet. Sarah said she would look into why I didn’t get it. I’m a little sad. I’ve been on her team for like forever! I hope you are enjoying the read though. Happy reading, my friend.

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  4. Lexie Grant’s father had to pick today, of all days, to come back from the dead.
    HOLIDAY SECRETS by Susan Sleeman
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. I will be reading this one very shortly! I can’t wait!
    The book I shared today on my blog is Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano but I’m currently reading The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sara E Ladd so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (17) here: “Delia chewed her lip as she traversed the path to Fairhold Cottage, mentally practicing what she wanted to say.” Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  6. My first paragraph is from an exceptional book by a new author: A retelling of Ruth and Naomi in Victorian times.
    Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens:
    England, July, 1861
    Both women were starving.
    After nearly three weeks in Abbotsville, Rena’s shoulder blades now cut against her skin like she was made of paper. Head pounding, she lay beside Nell in a stable which smelled of manure, desperate for a way to escape the unbreakable claws of poverty.

    Have a good weekend!

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  7. Happy Friday!

    I love the cover art. I’ll have to add this to my ever-growing TBR pile. That line grabs my attention and makes me want to read more.

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the opening line from Susan Anne Mason’s A Worthy Heart. I’m also reading The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. The first line is:

    “If she lived to be one hundred and five, Katherine Evangeline Ramsey would never understand why every debutante must begin the London social season by curtsying to the king and queen.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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  8. Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer is on top of my “read this next” stack. I’m sharing from Chapter 1 on my blog, so here is the first line from the prologue:

    “A great philosopher looks at his various struggles as fodder for his innovative thinking, but, since I am not a great philosopher, I look at my struggles as something akin to stepping on a bee the size of a Komodo dragon.”

    Happy Friday and have a good weekend!

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  9. On my blog, I’m sharing a book by Mary Conneally, The Tangled Ties That Bind. Here, I will share the first lines of Chapter 3 in my current read, Signed, Sealed, Delighted by Crystal L. Barnes. “Distance. Joe needed distance. Only thing was, the one person he needed distance from was the one person he’d promised to watch over.”

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  10. So why does the light terrify her? Great first line!

    I’m sharing the first line from Beyond the Stars, Past the Moons by Jebraun Clifford on my blog today. It’s from the Encircled anthology, which I’m looking forward to reading.

    Here’s another first line from the anthology. This one is from Edged in Silver by Laurie Lucking:

    “If only I didn’t have to go home.”

    Happy reading. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  11. I love that first line! Must find the time to read the rest of the book!

    I’m sharing about a FREE novella by Tari Faris on my blog today, but I’m also in the middle of listening to Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. I’m absolutely loving it–both the story and the narration. Here’s the first line from chapter 16:

    The day arrived on which the masters were to have an interview with a deputation of the work-people.

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. Loved, loved, loved The Memory House. It made me want to go back and read some of Rachel Hauck’s other books!

    Today I’m sharing the first lines from Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton:

    “I’d been on the porch steps shelling purple hull peas for less than an hour and my thumbnails had already turned purple.”

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  13. Loved The Memory House. Easily my favorite by Hauck. I’m late this weekend because I just got back from being out of town. I will share a book that was waiting for me in the mailbox — Living Lies by Natalie Walters. “Just let go.”

    Have a great week!

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