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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!!!

 

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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!!!

 

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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!!!

 

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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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BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 January 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE AWAKENING by TAMARA LEIGH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE AWAKENING by TAMARA LEIGH

 

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

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THE BLURB:  

FAR BETTER TO LOVE WITHOUT PROFIT…
Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him ten years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. Should he prevail, how is she to shield her daughter from the enemy who lurks within his walls? And what of her heart? If she reveals the truth of her betrayal, might he love her again?

…THAN LOVE NOT AND REAP BITTERNESS
Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel—advice Baron Lothaire Soames should have heeded as a young man. Now in need of funds, he faces marriage to the woman he lost to scandal. Though he vows to find another way to return prosperity to his lands, his former betrothed proves his only hope and he grudgingly vies to become her worthiest suitor—only to be struck by how little it takes his heart to pick up where it left off. Can he forgive what cannot be forgotten? More, will she forever yearn for the man who fathered her child?

 

THE FIRST LINE

Barony of Owen, Spring 1152

“Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel.”

 

GENRE:

Christian Romance, Historical

 

MY THOUGHTS:

All of Tamara Leigh’s books are on my long list, nay, deep-as-the ocean TBR list.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Awakening, Tamara Leigh, Age of Faith Book 7

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 January 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – AMETHYST DREAMS by PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – AMETHYST DREAMS by PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY

 

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

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THE BLURB:    

Seeking shelter from her own broken dreams, Hallie Knight answers a cryptic plea for help from Nicholas Trench, the grandfather of her dearest friend. Susan mysteriously disappeared from home one night off North Carolina’s historical Topsail Island–and Hallie is Nick’s last hope of finding her.

But surrounding Nick is a family as headstrong as they are suspicious–for at the heart of the matter is a vast inheritance. And as Hallie is lured deeper into a mystery nestled in a quagmire of bitterness, dark betrayal, and subtle menace, she becomes certain of one thing: this sunny, seaside paradise harbors dangerous and profoundly shattering secrets.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“She must be stopped from coming here…”

 

GENRE:

Gothic, Psychological thriller

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Amethyst Dreams, Phyllis A. Whitney

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 January 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – HIGH TREASON by DIANN MILLS

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – HIGH TREASON by DIANN MILLS

 

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

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THE BLURB:  

When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

 

THE FIRST LINE:

FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson had survived missions in the Middle East, been detained in ran, escaped an ISIS death trap, and still walked and talked.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Just started but I’ve loved everything by Ms. Mills so far and expect nothing but the best!

 

GENRE:

Contemporary romance, Mystery and suspense

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, High Treason, DiAnn Mills

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