First Line Friday: Healing Love

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

The first line featured today is from an e-book I received from the author in exchange for an (upcoming) honest review.

Today I’m featuring Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery for a themed First Line Friday, celebrating Academia.

Brooke Endress is pursuing a career in television journalism when she is roped into accompanying her high school age sister on a mission trip to El Salvador, where their guide/translator is a local teacher.

Here is the first line:

Continue reading


Who’s on First: Thoughts on First Person Narratives

1stperson.jpgIf you were to ask me why I didn’t like first person a few years ago, I would not have been able to explain it properly nor could I have pointed to a specific first person narrative as an example to support this opinion.  Rather I would have gone round and round about the subject, much like the old comedy skit ‘Who’s on First?’ for one simple reason:   Continue reading

First Line Friday: The Blue Castle

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Shortly after discovering Anne of Green Gables in my late teens, through the fabulous 1985 mini-series, I read one of L.M. Montgomery’s few stand alone books written for adults, The Blue Castle.  I had no idea then how the story of Valancy Stirling would stay with me, leading me to pick it up again decades later, only to discover an even deeper understanding and love for the book along with a new appreciation of Barney.  So, along with The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim in April, I want to start rereading  The Blue Castle each May (though, as in April, I may not find the time this year) and perhaps begin to find one favorite re-read appropriate to each of the other ten months of the year.  Because, to paraphrase Gwendolyn Fairfax from The Importance of Being Earnest, one should always have something sensational to read.

Here is the first line from L.M. Montgomery‘s 1926 novel, The Blue Castle:

Continue reading

Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym

cramptonhodnet.jpgSecond in my read-through of Barbara Pym’s novels, Crampton Hodnet was the author’s second novel written, in the late 1930’s, but not published until after her death.  Slightly less polished, but no less enjoyable than her first novel, I think her decision not to pursue publication must have been made in that indeterminate time between a novel being hopelessly out of fashion and becoming wonderfully nostalgic, because if Some Tame Gazelle was a peach, then Crampton Hodnet is a plum. Continue reading

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (review)

theaccidentalguardian_connealy_bethanyhouseWhat a great start to what promises to be another enjoyable series from Mary Connealy! Within the first pages, we are knee deep in danger as the heroine of the story, Deborah Harkness, is introduced.  As she and her sister Gwen hide out with two young children, the only survivors of an attack on their small group of wagons that had splintered off from the main wagon train, the former Guardian of the trail is not far off. Continue reading

First Line Friday: The Accidental Guardian

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book was received as a review copy from the publisher.

Those of you who have read Mary Connealy‘s new novel, The Accidental Guardian, may be wondering at my choice for this week’s First Line Friday with it’s Mother’s Day theme.  After all, pretty much every character’s mother dies or has died.  Here’s the thing – this is a book that my mom would enjoy, and probably her mom as well (my grandmother loves her Westerns).

I’ll be reviewing this first novel in the new High Sierra Sweethearts series very soon, but for now, here is the first line:

Continue reading

No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens (review)

nolessdays_stevens_barbourIt was the cover that caught my eye, the title that made me take a second look, and the synopsis that fired my imagination, but it was the writing and the story that kept my attention.

He folded his hands on his chest, the old ceremonial melancholy tugging at him.  He would die in October, more than likely.  No way of knowing if it would be this one or the hundredth from this one. (3%)

No Less Days is difficult to define by genre.  The publisher lists it as Suspense, and it is that; the author’s bio states that Continue reading