First Line Friday #18

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Friday!!! We made it through another week, Which means it's time for First Line Friday! This week I am featuring Katie Ganshert's new book Life After.

About the book:

It could have been me.
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

First Line:

Sirens wailed. A woman screamed. Impossible heat reached out heavy fingers and dug into her flesh pulling her into darkness. Charred gloves circled her wrists and dragged her from the wreckage as flames swallowed the world.

I know that's more than one line, but I had to give you more. Great beginning huh?!

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Amanda at With A Joyful Noise 

Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish 

Bree at Bibliophile Reviews  

Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower 

Heather at Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Jessica at  A Baker's Perspective  

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 

Trisha @ Joy of Reading


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Anonymous said...
May 5, 2017 at 5:25 AM

Loved that book!

I have the first line of Tosca Lee's 'Firstborn' on my blog today, but here I'm going to share the first line of "Wings of the Wind" by Connilyn Cossette:

"Forging through the teeming mass of Canaanite soldiers in this vast army camp, I'd never felt more alone."

On my page I'm sharing the first line from Such a Hope by Sondra Kraak. However, here I'm going to share the first line of book on my TBR stack; "The Miracle of the Seventh-day Ox" by Bradley Booth: "Nickolia Panchuk stared at the four walls of the jail cell around him. The cold gray concrete made him feel as if he were in a tomb--cold and frightened and alone."

September 1939
If I'd known I was about to meet the man who'd shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in. ~ Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

Thanks for the reminder about LIFE AFTER, Andi! Definitely one I want to read. My first line comes from an advance read of a book that will have a permanent home on my "favorite books" shelf. THE ASTONISHING THING by Sandi Ward releases in November. It's so clever and touching...told from the point of view of a cat, Boo, who is trying to solve the disappearance of her human mom and help her family heal. So, so sweet! "Let me tell you about my mother." (Mainstream with references to faith, 99% clean)

I want to read that book!
My first line is from True to You by Becky Wade:
"Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn't all fun and games."

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LIFE AFTER is on my must read list!

My first line comes from Live Free or Die by Hunter Lee.

Friday, 19:00 GMT

Dawkins Eames tugged on his collar while he gazed at pedestrians jockeying for position at the crosswalk.

It pulls on the heart strings. I loved Tosca Lee's Firstborn. She's a go to author.

Hi Trisha. Sounds good!

Hi Dinh! Thanks for stopping by!

You will want to read this one!

I'm also reading True to You, she started it with a bang! Lol

You'll love it!

I have seen this book advertised...chilling first couple of lines. Happy Friday!

Harley Diekerhoff looked up from peeling potatoes to glance out the kitchen window.
From – Christmas at Cooper Mountain by Jane Porter

That is a fantastic beginning! I'm featuring the first line from Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy over on my blog today. Happy Friday!

Oh my goodness I absolutely loved that book! Such an interesting storyline and it really got me thinking. I can't wait to read more from her!!

Very interesting plot, I may have to wander away from my Eleanor books for a moment. Happy Friday!

I've seen this book around but haven't read it. But wow, what a first phrase!!

Last night was my brother's college graduation, so while I was waiting for the 200+ students before him to get their diplomas, I read "Love at First Bark" (Dana Mentink). It was short and amusing. :) The first paragraph was so great!

"Marcy Deveraux was surprised to discover she didn't actually miss the prince very much. The naked truth was, he'd been high maintenance with all that dark broodiness and not much of a sense of humor to speak of. By the end of their time together, he'd even gotten on her nerves just the tiniest bit. Still, Prince Rafe's departure left her at a loss. It was not as though His Royal Highness was required to save anyone else from assassination, and it had been twelves months since that perilous jungle crossing, complete with poisonous spiders and the one-eyed bandit. The prince had survive more adventures than could be expected of anyone, fictional or not, and he deserved his happy ending.
So now what?
Marcy chewed her pencil eraser, staring at the blank pages of her notebook as the summer wind rattled the cabin windows."

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