First Line Friday – 11.17.17


Welcome to First Line Friday! Each Friday I pick a book and share the first line with you. In return, I hope you’ll share with me a first line from whatever book you have at hand!

This week I am sharing the first line from the book I am currently reading, His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott. I’ll be sharing my full review of this novel on December 4th as part of a Prism Book Tour. Be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don’t miss out.

His Frontier Christmas Family

Here’s the first line:

Near Seattle, Washington Territory
December 1874

Someone was watching her.

Here’s the description:

After taking guardianship of his late friend’s siblings and baby daughter, minister Levi Wallin hopes to atone for his troubled past on the gold fields. But it won’t be easy to convince the children’s wary elder sister to trust him. The more he learns about her, though, the more he believes Callie Murphy’s prickly manner masks a vulnerable heart…one he’s starting to wish he was worthy of.

Every man in Callie’s life chose chasing gold over responsibilities. Levi-and the large, loving Wallin family-might just be different. But she can tell he’s hiding something from her, and she refuses to risk her heart with secrets between them. Even as they grow closer, will their pasts keep them from claiming this unexpected new beginning?

Sequel to Mail-Order Marriage Promise and previous books in the Frontier Bachelor series set in pioneer Seattle.

Note:  Although it says “sequel”, this book may be read as a stand alone.

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line!

Then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating:

26 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 11.17.17

  1. Great first line!

    I’m featuring Melissa Tagg’s new Christmas novella on my blog this week, but I’m going to share the first line from ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’ by Christine Dillon here:

    “You have cancer.”

    Despite its opening line, it’s quite an uplifting read!

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  2. Congratulations on being an ACFW First Impressions finalist!

    I’m sharing the first line from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from the book I’m currently reading here. “If you’re willing to admit it, you probably know me as Raine de Bourgh.” The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner. Happy Friday!

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  3. Congratulations on being an ACFW First Impressions finalist! So exciting!


    “Mama?” Emily Carver whispered the word as she opened the door to her parents’ bedroom. – A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

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  4. An intriguing first line! 🙂

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Joyce Rogers’ Lean Hard on Jesus, but I’ll share the first line from Where We Belong by Lynn Austin (really enjoying it!) here:
    “Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert.”

    Have a blessed weekend, Kathleen!

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    1. Hmm. That sounds very similar to a true local historical event I’m planning to incorporate into my current work in progress. Except this event happened in the mountains. Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Happy Friday!

    Today, my first line Friday is from Christmas at Grey Goose Lodge by Phyllis Clark Nichols…..

    When Maude opened the door to the Christmas closet in early December that year, she had no reason to think there would only be nine more Christmases celebrated at Grey Sage.

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  6. I just bought this book. Looking forward to read it.

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris on my blog for FLF, so here I will post from the book I am currently reading, A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal. Currently, I am on chapter 9, so I’ll post the first line from that:

    “Fumbling with a keychain that grew lighter every day, I closed my apartment door for the very last time on the day before our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. A cold, ordinary Thursday to everyone else — extraordinary to me.”

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    1. That is a great line. I have had several moments like that in my life where I pause and consider how oblivious the rest of the world is to what’s happening in my life at that moment. Thanks for sharing!


  7. Fun first line! It’s about time I find some Christmas books to read soon. 🙂

    My first line I shared on my blog comes from Deeanne Gist’s “Maid to Match”. I’m a few years behind in reading it, but I’m loving it so far.

    “Like a butterfly breaking free from its confining cocoon, Tillie Reese emerged from the barren, tan-colored servants’ hall into the opulence of Biltmore’s main level.”

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  8. Sweet cover! Happy Friday! My first line (a little longer) is from Anne Greene’s Avoiding the Mistletoe:

    Olivia Rose Baker glanced up from the headlines in the Massachusetts Matrimonial Gazette. With an explosive smack, she slapped the newspaper on the top of the breakfast table. “No! I refuse.”

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  9. Congratulations on being a finalist, Kathleen! Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is featured on my blog today with a giveaway but I’m currently reading The Vexing by Tamara Leigh. Here’s the first line:
    Normandy, France
    Early December 1161
    Women were more trouble than they were worth. Or so Sir Durand Marshal told himself each time one dragged him into a mess like this one promised to do.

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  10. Happy Friday!

    I’m too am getting in the Christmas Spirit with my FLF blog post, but here are the first lines from the book I’m currently reading:

    “Being a teacher was turning out to be a little like having the flu. Simon O’Keefe. Her heart broke for him at the same time her stomach twisted with dread for herself.” From The Calico and Cowboy Romance Collection by Mary Connealy.

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    1. I usually hold off with my Christmas reading till after Thanksgiving, but since I’ll be reviewing this particular book near the beginning of December, I’m getting an early start. (Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer is currently playing in my living room, actually. LOL)

      Hmmm I am pretty sure I’ve read that collection, but it must have been a while (or my cold-hampered brain isn’t operating correctly) because I can’t recall the story offhand. I’ll have to double check. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!


  11. That opening line leaves a lot of room for interpretation – is it ominous or just mysterious?

    I’m sharing from Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman over on my blog today. But I’m currently reading Piercehaven by Robin Merrill, which is kind of a girls basketball version of Friday Night Lights, except set on an island off the coast of Maine. Here’s the first line:

    She had expected it to be a poetic voyage. She had expected sunshine and whitecaps, a sea song to serenade her as she sailed toward her new home.

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