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BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – IN THE FIELD OF GRACE by TESSA AFSHAR

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – IN THE FIELD OF GRACE by TESSA AFSHAR

 

 

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THE BLURB:  

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from
harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that
ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Death squatted at Boaz’s door, waiting like a vulture, biding its time. He could sense its presence—inexorable, hungry, patient.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

I’ve read three of Ms. Afshar’s other books, and have just started her new one. She instantly became a favorite author (of my favorite genre no less) with her thorough understanding of culture and her exceptional story telling ability.

 

GENRE:

Biblical Fiction

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, In the Fields of Grace, Tessa Afshar

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A WRINKLE IN TIME by MADELEINE L’ENGLE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A WRINKLE IN TIME by MADELEINE L’ENGLE

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

This is Book 1 of the Time Quintet Series

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom, Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Can’t even remember when I first read this book, but the story has stuck with me for the better part of five decades—love conquers all.

 

GENRE:

Fantasy / science fiction

 

STARS:

 All | the | stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – WHITE OLEANDER by JANET FITCH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – WHITE OLEANDER by JANET FITCH

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shriveling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw. Only the oleanders thrived, their delicate poisonous blooms, their dagger green leaves.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

White Oleander is a “journey of self-discovery” which is why it resonated with me so.

 

GENRE:

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

STARS:

Haven’t read the book but I saw the movie (ages ago) and it was intense.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, White Oleander, Janet Fitch

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 5 May 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE MEMORY OF YOU by CATHERINE WEST

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE MEMORY OF YOU by CATHERINE WEST

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

 

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

 

And Natalie never says no to her father.

 

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

 

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

The wood-paneled walls of the boardroom were closing in.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Much anticipated read, the blurb alone draws me in, and that first line—I can feel the pressure, the need to get out. I feel the panic and desperation.

 

GENRE:

Contemporary Christian Romance

 

STARS:

Can’t rate it, haven’t read it yet—next on my TBR list though!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Memory of You, Catherine West

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 48 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN by ROBIN E. MASON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN by ROBIN E. MASON

 

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COMING IN NOVEMBER*

*change of date

* not the final cover…

THE BLURB:  

* in progress but will be on the back of each book in series

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

 

THE FIRST LINE

We never did play tea parties like other girls. We played detective. Because that’s what Mercedes read, detective stories. And she was our Sherlock Holmes.

As children, our ventures were harmless enough. Until the day Simone fell in the river and disappeared.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Maintaining consistency throughout the series (and perhaps anything else I write) Tilting Leaves is also written in first person. At the time of this posting, I will be approximately half way through writing Scarlett’s story—well, nope, didn’t make it half way. (I did, however, push the release date from October to November (it’s good to be Indie) to give myself time to do it right and do it well.) As a pantser, I enjoy learning new bits about each story and the characters—and Scarlett’s is a doozy!

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it! but FIVE STARS, right???

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Robin E. Mason, Seasons Series, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 21 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALONE by EDIE MELSON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALONE by EDIE MELSON


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THE BLURB:    

After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Only the chimes, oddly sweet, told the passing of time. This far beneath the surface, day and night were arbitrary, dictated by necessity, not nature.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

That first line sure intrigues me. What time is passing? What chimes? Are there no clocks? Why are there no clocks?

 

GENRE:

Science Fiction / Fantasy

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Alone, Edie Melson

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 7 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MOVING TARGET by LYNETTE EASON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MOVING TARGET by LYNETTE EASON

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die.

Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason’s relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“… for it is written, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Although I have not read this one—yet—I have read Nowhere to Turn, #2 in Ms. Eason’s Hidden Identity Series, and When the Smoke Clears, #1 in her Deadly Reunions Series, both of which quickly drew me in and made her one of my favorite authors.

I have no doubt that Ms. Eason’s latest release—as well as all of her others—will do the same.

 

GENRE:

Mystery and Suspense

 

STARS:

     … can I do that based on expectation???

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Moving Target, Lynette Eason

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