First Line Friday: Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a digital copy and may differ from the published text.


I’m finally visiting Ruth Logan Herne‘s small town of Wishing Bridge!  I usually like to start a series with the first book, don’t you?  But I couldn’t resist joining Just Read Tours’ review tour for book 3, Findng Peace In Wishing Bridge.

Here is the book description:

Creator of the bestselling “Welcome to Wishing Bridge” and “At Home in Wishing Bridge” award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne invites readers back to the little town with the big heart with “Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge”.

Being a supermodel isn’t just hard.

It can be a killer, so when international sensation Jazz Monroe answered a friend’s call for help, she’d just taken a hiatus from the job that made her a very rich woman and almost took her life. Outwardly Jazz was everything anyone would want to be. Beautiful, confident, rich and famous, and often seen on the arm of some of the world’s most eligible bachelors, Jazz knows the truth she hides. Her self-confidence is an act and the eating disorder that plagues her refuses to let her rest.

But then she and her old friend Thea are called to help a friend and fulfill a pledge they’d made a dozen years before as high school seniors. If any one of the three ever needed help, the others would come running. Last December, Kelsey made that call and her two old friends, the other members of the “Soul Sisterhood”, responded. They’re here now. Thea is practicing medicine, Kelsey has married the hero deputy that saved her life and Jazz is finding the hints of peace that have eluded her for nearly two decades. She settles into the little town, helping out at a local diner, waiting for the sky to fall.

It doesn’t. Instead, the sun begins to shine, winter fades to spring, and surrounded by new and old friends, Jazz begins to believe in herself. She loves the small town, the kindness of the locals, the warmth of the family diner and the special attention from two very different and distinct men makes her think new thoughts. Thoughts of family and picket fences and settling down.

But an unexpected attack on a wood-edged path reignites her fears and insecurities. Now she’s looking in shadows again, doubting herself and others. In Manhattan, locked elevators and a staffed entrance desk kept her safe from intruders.

Wishing Bridge has nothing like that. Here, she lives life at ground level, with no bodyguards watching out for her. But when a local contingent makes it their job to keep her safe, Jazz learns not to sell the small town short. Folks here mean what they say because that’s the kind of town Wishing Bridge is.

As Jazz rediscovers the most important things in life, she realizes that happiness isn’t about where you are: it’s about who you’re with. And who you love.

Join Jazz, Kelsey, Thea and the rest of the Wishing Bridge cast as they band together to help the town and one another because together– in Wishing Bridge– they can make anything happen.

And here are the first lines:

Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne

Baseball. Hot Dogs. Apple Pie.

And fireworks. 

.Very small town Americana! But then there is that stalker who is definitely not on board with social distancing….

I was gifted a digital copy for review purposes – look for my review soon (well, as soon as I finish reading it).

Hope you are all staying healthy, getting plenty of quality time with family, and finding time to read!

Happy Friday!

Want to join in on the First Line Friday fun?  Open your current read or the book nearest to you and share the first line in the comments.  You can also head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing.

16 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge

  1. Happy Friday!

    I agree with you that I usually try and read a series from the beginning as well.

    On my blog today, I’m sharing the first line from The Inheritance by Michael Phillips:

    “On a late afternoon of a surprisingly warm day, a small lad sat on a large stone with the blue of sky and water spreading out before him.”

    Hope you stay safe and healthy, and that you have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

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  2. Happy Friday! I hope you and your family are all doing OK in this crazy time. God’s got us all!
    Today on my blog, I’m sharing from The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt: I’m currently reading Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter. It is SO good. I’ll share a line from there.
    “Levi was a genius.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 🙂❤️📖

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  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Jerusalem Assassin” by Joel C. Rosenberg:

    “They were coming, and he knew they were coming, and he knew why – they were coming to kill him and to kill the president and to kill anyone else who got in their way. They were coming to settle scores.”

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  4. This week on my blog I shared the first line from One Little Lie by Colleen Coble but I’m just about to dig into Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters so I’ll share that first line here: “Pecca Gallegos never thought she’d be turning down a marriage proposal–much less four of them.” Hope you are doing well and can enjoy some quality reading time during all this social distancing!

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  5. Love Ruth’s books!
    I’m featuring Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund
    Vancouver Island. September 18, 1862
    Today she might meet the man she’d marry.

    Am self quarantined with hubby. As a precaution. We are 71.

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    1. I love reading books set in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂 Glad you & hubby are taking care of yourselves! I’m only 52 & I’ve been self-isolating as much as possible for the last two weeks. Our Governor just issued a “Stay Home, Save Lives” order today.

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