First Line Friday Week # 8

Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Friday which means it's time for First Line Fridays. To play, grab the book nearest you, open and leave the first line in the comments. Happy Friday, and Happy reading!!

When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.

First Line:  

1297 BC 

Naomi lifted the hem of her robe as her feet fairly flew down Bethlehem's streets toward the outskirts of town.

Visit these other bloggers see their first lines and leave yours in the comments. Welcome Amanda to our Friday gang. If you'd like to be apart of First Line Friday, give Carrie a shout!

Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish

Bree at Bibliophile Reviews 

Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower

Heather at Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Kathleen at Kathleen Denly

Katie at Fiction Aficionado

Lauraine at Lauraine's Notes

Rachel at Bookworm Mama 

Robin at Robin's Nest

Sarah at All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Sydney at Singing Librarian 

And welcome Amanda from With A Joyful Noise 


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I loved Redeeming Grace!

My first lines this week come from The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection:

1170 AD, Ciar's Kingdom, Ireland
The skies were as unsettled as her own future.

1715, Argyllshire, Scotland
"Are ye ready, miss?"
Meg's stomach twisted at Mother Aila's question.

June 1798, New York City
Abigail Van de Klerk opened the door to the house she shared with her father on Pearl Street.

July 6, 1864, Roswell, Georgia
Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.

Late June 1890, Coronado Island, California
Cold water slid across his body, the dip and rise of the swell bringing challenge to his course.

Another book on my list! My first line is: "The cheerful yellow house didn't look all that imposing as Silas Jones stood in front of its fence for the fourth time that day."
From For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Andi!

First line for me is from the favorite, Pride and Prejudice. ;)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

I LOVE Biblical fiction! This cover is so striking.

It was the second time in fifteen minutes that the power had gone out at the church, and it was noticeably darker this time. The Reason by William Sirls

Happy Friday and happy reading!

An Uncertain Choice
by Jody Hedlund

And the first line is...

Montfort Castle, Ashby
In the year of our Lord 1390

"My slippered feet slapped the dirt road, and my heart hammered aginst my chest like a battering ram."

Happy reading and Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

My line is from "Women of the Twelfth Century" by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph this time around.

"Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud - in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France - one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard's brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204."

I found the box in the attic of an old farmhouse in Norway.
~East by Edith Pattou

This is next on my tbr!

A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall of the wedding chapel.
The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin

I am really enjoying it!

You'll enjoy it!

Welcome! I am glad you are joining us!

Me too! It's one of my favorite genres.

This is on my TBR

It's a good one!

"Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: "Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons." - From Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles! Happy Friday!!!!

I loved Scarlet!!! It is my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles so far. Happy weekend!!

I enjoyed Redeeming Grace when i read/reviewed it for RT!

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