Welcome to First Line Friday,
Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink is the fourth in the Gold Country Cowboys series from Love Inspired Suspense, and though I’ve only read the first 6% of the ebook, I can already tell you it definitely has two things in common with the rest of the series: A Thorne brother and a high action start with the heroine in imminent danger.
A witness with amnesia
Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?
Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.
Here is the first line:
A story of the supernatural with a bit of Scrooge meets Groundhog Day thrown in, this short story packs a whole lot into less than 100 pages. As Lester Sharp is swept from location to location in one frozen moment, his life is changed along with his way of thinking and his heart.
While Lester is not an initially likable character, reading his experiences of that moment is riveting and empathy for him grows. This is a bit of a breathlessly paced, suspenseful thriller that begs for continuation and expansion. Recommended for those who enjoy supernatural stories with influences of an unabashedly Biblical bent.
Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit | Ambassador International, October 2018 | ebook, 93 pages
This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received through Just Read Tours. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
From the publisher:
Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.
In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.
This sweet little board book is a celebration of God’s love, using verses from various translations as support for short sentences addressing a child. Each set of text and verse(s) is accompanied by an illustration that stars different animal family groups. Continue reading
Written with a songwriter’s skill, this story of animals seeing abilities in each other that they wish to emulate has a cadence that just begs to be read aloud. Along with some of the most adorable barnyard illustrations, this is a story that will have the board book set interacting and joining in with delight as each animal makes the sound of another animal. Even the farmer gets in on the fun! Continue reading
Welcome to First Line Friday,
Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.
I’m traveling today and may not be able to fully participate in First Line Friday, but I couldn’t miss sharing the first lines from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin. I am currently reading it as a NetGalley digital galley that I was sent access to in order to feature it on Instagram – today! – as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.
Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Here are the first lines (and an uncropped version of my Instagram image):
The third of four books in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series finally answers the questions about Jack that readers have been left with in the previous books. Secretly married for seven years to the love of his life, his was an unintentional marriage-in-name-only. But when Shannon Livingston needs him, Jack is there for her in true Thorn brother fashion. Continue reading
In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin takes the story of a reclusive mountain man, a veteran who has become almost feral in his retreat from society, and turns it into a tale of redemption, of “getting back to good.” First aiding an immigrant mother and her children to escape abuse, and then his lost love Allie to rebuild her life, the reader follows Joseph on a journey of recovery and reconnection. Continue reading