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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 March 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel, “Little Women,” is the story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Loosely based upon the author’s own experiences with her three sisters, the novel is a classic coming of age story which follows the development of the young women into adulthood. Set against the backdrop of the American civil war, the story begins to unfold during Christmastime. With their father away at war, the family must endure great poverty induced hardship, often times going hungry. Central to the theme of the novel is the issue of overcoming one’s character flaws. For Meg it is vanity; Jo, temper; Beth, shyness; and Amy, selfishness. Through the various activities of the four sisters told throughout the novel lessons are learned of the consequences of these particular flaws. “Little Women” was an instant success and popular favorite ever since its original publication in 1868, spawning many sequels which Alcott’s readers clamored for.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumble Jo, lying on the rug.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Confession: I don’t remember ever reading this! GASP Shocking, I know! (That’s not to say I didn’t, I just don’t remember… ) But a) it’s a classic, and b) I have seen the movie—GASP Not the same, I know…
It has endured and still stands as a classic, a story readers come back to again and again. That speaks for itself! And for me, the dynamic of family wins the story in my (ahem) book!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

Gotta give it five feathers!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 March 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by JAIME JO WRIGHT

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by JAIME JO WRIGHT

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?
THE FIRST LINE:   

OAKWOOD, WISCONSIN

MARCH 1906

Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I’ve only just started reading this, but already I’m in love with Ms. Wright’s style. And the story! Oh my!! A page turner if ever there was one!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The House on Foster Hill, Jaime Jo Wright

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 9 March 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALL IS BRIGHT: AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS NOVELLA by ANDREA GRIGG

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALL IS BRIGHT: AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS NOVELLA by ANDREA GRIGG

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Amy Kirkwood is resigned to accept her destiny as a single woman. No one can measure up to Josh McMillan, her secret crush of fourteen years, and the man who was married to her late sister. But when Josh spends the weekend with Amy and her family on the anniversary of Tess’s death, everything changes.

A widower for five years, Josh McMillan is ready to love again, but he never expected to fall so fast for his sister-in-law, Amy Kirkwood. Then Josh receives a letter that rocks his world, and he knows he must show the letter to Amy, even though it may shatter their growing relationship.

Is their love strong enough to weather the storm unleashed from the secrets in their past?

A contemporary Christian romance novella, a spin-off story from ‘A Simple Mistake’. Please note: this novella is part of the box set, ‘An Aussie Summer Christmas.’

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

AMY

I am a good girl. A very good girl. Have been all my life.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

All is Bright posits a sticky dilemma wrapped within Ms. Grigg’s saucy story telling. I am enjoying her first person point of view—and especially enjoying the setting ‘down under.’

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, All is Bright: An Aussie Christmas Novella, Andrea Grigg

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 23 February 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by PEPPER BASHAM

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by PEPPER BASHAM

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Humor, love, mystery, cute kids, crazy families, and culture clashes make this Britallachian Romance a unique and delightful romantic comedy sprinkled with adventure.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

One step into the massive glass-walled waiting area was all it took.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Pepper Basham has been a favorite author since I read her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer three years ago. With her signature Britallachian style, and her quirky and sincere characters, I was instantly smitten with Wes and Eisley’s story.

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Just the Way You Are, Pepper Basham

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 February 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:  

When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he’s far from convinced she’s an innocent victim. And there’s that nagging feeling he’s seen her somewhere before….
Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn’t over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

The blow came like the torrent below, hard and swift and unexpected.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

This is one of only a few books I’ve read twice. #stateoftheTBR…  It’s also the first book I ever read by Kristen Heitzmann, making her one of my favorite authors. The story is compelling, and the telling is captivating.

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Freefall, Kristen Heitzmann

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 9 February 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PEARL IN THE SAND by TESSA AFSHAR

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PEARL IN THE SAND by TESSA AFSHAR

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:  

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well—walls of fear, rejection, unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith … of pride; a marriage only God would conceive!  Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Dawn had yet to appear when Rahab tumbled into consciousness, courtesy of an impatient nudge.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

What a beautifully written and beautifully conceived story of such a significant figure from Scripture. Barely more than a mention of her in the Bible, and yet of course she had a story. And Ms. Afshar’s account puts the reader in the story, instantly making her one of my favorite authors.

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF,  Pearl in the Sand, Tessa Afshar

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 2 February 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:  

An incandescent novel of love, obsession, and the secrets that take root in the human heart, by the author of The Copper Beech and Circle Of Friends. Lough Glass is at the heart and soul of the namesake town clinging to its shore. They say that if you go out on St. Agnes’ Eve and look into the lake at sunset you can see your future. But beneath its serene surface, the lake harbors secrets as dark and unfathomable as the beautiful woman who night after night walks beside its waters. Lough Glass is home to Kit McMahon, in a way it will never be to her lovely mother, Helen, who does not fit in with the ways of the people of Lough Glass, and who found an unlikely mate in the genial pharmacist Martin McMahon. Kit adores her mother, but can’t escape the picture of her, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face… or walking alone by the glass lake. Then one terrible night Martin’s boat is found drifting upside down in the lake. The night Helen is lost. The night Kit discovers a letter on Martin’s pillow and burns it, unopened, in the grate. The night everything changes forever.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Kit always thought the Pope had been at her mother and father’s wedding.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

There’s an eensy bit of personal history with this book. Without too much history, I had suffered chronic clinical depression for many years. In 1995 I faced that head on, and at some point in ’96, I was at the store and did what all good authors and readers do—I saw a book and bought it. That book was The Glass Lake. It was just shy of 700 pages and I read it in a week, something that had been impossible with depression.

 

The story was riveting to me, the storytelling captivating, and Ms. Binchy instantly became a new favourite author. (and now I’ll have to read it again, don’tcha know?)

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Glass Lake, Maeve Binchy

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