First Line Friday . . . Featuring My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge

Friday, January 11, 2019

 I haven't participated in First Line Friday in awhile. Life got busy by busy I mean reading books.

2018 was quite a year. In the summer I was asked by Carrie Schmidt of Reading is My SuperPower to be a contributing reviewer for a new bookish magazine called Hope By The Book. I am still pinching myself that I have two reviews in actual print. One of those reviews is for Pepper Basham's January 2019 release My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge.

This is one of my favorite reads of 2018 and because it is I'm going to spotlight it here today. My review is in the launch issue of Hope By The Book and you can order a copy here.

Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel's imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel's father's drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?

First Line:

September 1918

"He's bringing nothin' but trouble, Caroline McAdams. Make no bones about it." 

First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books. Please leave your first line in the comments, then go to Hoarding Books to see theirs and other first line's.


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Thanks so much, Andi! I'm looking forward to seeing that review in print some day too :-)

Welcome, Pepper! I can’t wait for you to read it too! :)

Happy Friday!😉

My first lines come from Restaurant Weeks are Murder by Libby Klein…….

“I don’t care how good Dr. Oz says it is, I’m not eating vegan cheese.” Aunt Ginny took the last stuffed pheasant off the Fraser fir, wrapped it in tissue paper, and placed it in an old Woolworth’s hat box to store until next Christmas.

Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!💕

Looking forward to reading Pepper’s book!
My first line is from Dead Drift by Dani Pettery:

Luke extricated himself from the vehicle to find shattered convoy debris littering the ground.

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