First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

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Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.

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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):

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A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling (review)

aseasonofgrace_snelling_bhpA Season of Grace is the third book in Lauraine Snelling’s Under Northern Skies series about the Carlson family, Norwegian immigrants trying to make their way in a forested area of Northern Minnesota in the early 20th Century.  This particular entry in the series focuses on Nilda Carlson, a young woman who has quickly captured the eye of more than one potential suitor. Continue reading

First Line Friday: A Season of Grace

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher, and may not reflect the finished, published work.

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A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in her Under Northern Skies series of Historical Romances centered around Norwegian immigrants, and will be the first work I’ve read by this author.  Starting at book 3 is not my preferred approach to a series, but this book’s description appealed to me.  What I didn’t realize is that, rather than the main character having been a secondary character in the previous book, she was actually the main character in it and the upcoming (August 2019) fourth book, too!  So, I will try to go in not expecting closure, but hoping that this book is able to be read as a stand-alone.

A Season of Grace will be available November 6, 2018 from Bethany House Publishers.  Here is the first line:

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First Line Friday: The End Begins (with bonus mini review)

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Though I’m a long time fan of Science Fiction, Dystopians, and Inspirational Romance with a recently discovered love of Romantic Suspense, I did not think I’d really enjoy an End Times setting for an Inspirational Romance.  But I did.  I really, really did.

The End Begins by Sara Davison is the story of an outspoken bookseller who refuses to abandon her faith as Canadian law first makes owning a Bible an act of terrorism, then re-instates corporal punishment while removing the ban on applying it to women.  It is also the story of a conflicted officer of the Canadian Army, who is immediately drawn to Meryn O’Reilly, and the danger they both face from enemies close to them.

Though the danger is immediate and unrelenting, this is a medium paced novel, with time for a relationship to begin to grow.  Meryn and Jesse are both interesting characters, and as they struggle with the increasing danger of the situation and Jesse grapples with his faith, I found myself engrossed in their story.  Written in a highly readable style, this was a quick read that I didn’t want to put down.

It is sometimes fiction books like this that point out how easily and quickly a government and a country can slide into seemingly benign evil.  I’m curious to learn more about these characters and looking forward to seeing where they, and their country, go in the next two books of the trilogy.  Here is the first line from The End Begins:

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First Line Friday: A Southern Season

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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Today’s quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received for review.  

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For the second Friday in a row, I am featuring a book that I received for an Instagram tour in collaboration with Just Read Tours.  A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Linda W. Yezak, Claire Fullerton, Ane Mulligan is a group of four contemporary Southern stories.  The tour, complete with a tour-wide giveaway, begins Monday so be sure to check out @justreadtours on Instagram and the other stops.

Here is the first line from the first story, Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak:

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First Line Friday: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.

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With a theme of “favorite genre” this week, I had to make a choice between Historical Fiction and Science Fiction, and there were too many books I wanted to share!  So, I decided to feature Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd (The Victorian Ladies Series, book 1). Out October 9th from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., I received a NetGalley digital galley to feature on Instagram 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 on October 9, 2018.

Here is the first line (and the rather lovely cover):

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