First Line Friday #30

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund. I read this book about a year ago, and loved it. The setting is the coast of Michigan, which is especially sweet for me since that is my home state.

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Presque Isle, Michigan

June 1859

“The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

Now it’s your turn. First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then, if you’d like to, check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog and on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line. You can also click on the title of the book above and it will take you to Amazon so you can see what the featured book is about, check out the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if you’d like.


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Anneliese Dalaba


12 thoughts on “First Line Friday #30”

  1. That first line — Talk about being startled out of your sleep! 😉
    Right now, I’m reading The Cottage by Michael Phillips. Here’s the first line:
    “The letter two weeks before had been brief. Less than half a page. Yet in an instant it had turned her life upside down.”
    Happy Friday, Anneliese! 🙂

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  2. Happy Friday! I really need to read this author!!

    My first lines come from a book im reading now, Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.

    My husband is leaving me. The thought , the reality, presses against my throat as I stand outside and take in the view from the back patio of our home.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😁

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  3. Loved this book, and I loved this series. Jody Hedlund is an amazing storyteller!

    Happy Friday!

    Today over at my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer. Here, I will share the first line from Janet Ferguson’s novel Leaving Oxford.

    “Baby steps. Sarah Beth LeClair forced one foot in front of the other and willed herself to soak in the new life bursting around her on the University of Mississippi campus.”

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  4. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is The Butterfly and the Violin, but I’ll share here what I’m currently reading- All Things New by Lynn Austin: “Josephine Weatherly thought she’d already lived through the darkest hour of this endless war, but she had been wrong.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. I’m sharing from Where the Fire Falls on my blog today but I’m currently reading The Backcountry Brides Collection, so here is the first line from the first novella, Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels:

    Philadelphia 1753
    “Ladysmith, you have a gentleman caller–maybe two.” The voice of her employer, Jacob Owens, held a slight tease.

    Happy Friday!

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  6. What a beautiful cover … and a dramatic first line!

    I’m sharing the first line of The Man He Never Was by James L Rubart on my blog, a modern retelling of the story of Jekyll and Hyde.

    I’m currently reading The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon, a modern marriage of convenience story based on the Book of Esther. Here’s the first line of the Prologue:

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

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