Category Archives: First Line Friday

First Line Friday: 02/03/2017

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“We had been wandering for so long I forgot what it was like to live within walls or sleep through the night.” THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman “Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and… Read more »

First Line Friday: 01/27/17

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“It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.” THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book — a beautiful volume of fairy tales…. Read more »

First Line Friday: 01/20/17

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“Caught between green earth and blue sky, only truth kept me sane, but now lies disturb my peace.” THE TRUE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy A poignant and suspenseful retelling of a classic fairy tale set in a war-torn world. In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two… Read more »

First Line Friday: 01/13/17

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“That solemnity which etiquette, decorum and decency insisted should prevail could scarcely hide the excited expectation in the Palace of Kensington on that June morning in the year 1837.” THE QUEEN AND LORD M by Jean Plaidy On the morning of 20th June 1837, an eighteen-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of… Read more »

First Line Friday: 12/30/16

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Welcome to the initial post of First Line Friday, where I choose a book from my shelf and post the first sentence. I’ve been looking for a regular feature for and decided on this one after seeing a Facebook meme about sharing the first line of your current read. Feel free to add first lines of your own in… Read more »