First Line Fridays – #5 (and a GIVEAWAY!)

April 29, 2016 First Line Fridays, giveaway 62

first line fridays

It’s Friday again! (happy dance time!)

Time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today, I am happy to include my friend Rachel from Bookworm Mama in First Line Fridays.

To kick off her participation in this fun feature, I want to send you her way. Head over to her blog, comment on her post, and come back here to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a paperback copy of the book I’M featuring today! (US mailing addresses only)

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MY first line is from another Rachel – Rachel McMillan’s debut novel, The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, which I reviewed here yesterday.

bachelor girl's guide to murder

And the first line is….

“A murder scene is no place for a proper lady.”

So… what’s your First Line on this Friday?


62 Responses to “First Line Fridays – #5 (and a GIVEAWAY!)”

  1. Abigail Mitchell

    Loved Rachel McMillan’s debut novel! My first line is from MaryLu Tyndall’s novel, Charity’s Cross.

    “Charity killed her husband.”

  2. Ellen Gray

    My first line is: Hildemara lay in the darkness, her nightgown damp with perspiration.

    • Ellen Gray

      Oops, forgot the book title – Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers

  3. Rachel D.

    I promise I did not plan this…But mine is “A murder scene is no proper place for a lady.” Haha!

  4. Sierra Faith

    Wrapped in a shawl and drawn by the heartstrings, Anna Doyle let herself out of the white stone farmhouse before anyone else had awakened and strode briskly down a cart track past the harvested cornfields, headded for the strip of mist-draped woodland making the creak near the farm’s western boundary. – from Lori Benton’s “A Flight of Arrows.”

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Hi Carrie! For some reason (probably because I’m electronically challenged), I couldn’t my comment to post on Rachel’s blog. It happened to be the same one you had on there: “The pathetic state of Allison Shire’s existence was perfectly summed up by the size-twelve prosthetic feet mocking her from the floor of the Mercedes minibus”. From Close to You by Kara Isaac. I just finished it a couple of days ago and loved it!

    • Carrie

      haha! That’s ok, Winnie – technology is so temperamental sometimes 🙂 I can’t wait to really dive in to Close to You – I’ve heard so many great things about it

    • Rachel D.

      Ahhh technology! Sometimes we get along…Sometimes we don’t! Lol! Thanks for stopping by anyways Winnie!

  6. Sydney

    “In her final minute as an inmate at Arrendale State Prison, Allie Marshall’s body pulsed with tension.”

    –Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

  7. Valerie S.

    “Let go!” her grandmother said. – The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

    Thanks for helping me discover yet another book review blog. I think my email account may blow up due to the volume of book blog messages I receive. :o)

    • Carrie

      yay! I love introducing people to books and authors and other bloggers 🙂

  8. Katie Edgar

    “A deadly danger lurked in the sleepy hollow.” From Healer by Linda Windsor.

  9. Beckie B.

    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. The Inheritance by Michael Phillips.

    • Carrie

      that makes me want to curl up with that book 🙂

  10. Connie Scruggs

    I am reading A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
    The first line in the prologue is, “I’m closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that’s my final word on the subject”. The first line of chapter 1 is, “Whoa.”
    I’m really enjoying the book!

  11. Tracey

    From TTT #4 The Mail came with a complimentary book in it! I haven’t even looked at the first line yet, so we are reading it together 🙂

    Zeke Monroe appreciated a good joke, and this one was on him.
    From Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin, third book in the You series. I know what I’ll be reading all weekend!

    • Carrie

      ooooo I love her books!! Excited to read this one too!

  12. Heather Olsen

    The book I am closest to is titled, 5100 Quotations for Speakers & Writers and the first line is . . . Ideas are the most powerful things in the world.

  13. Melony Teague

    So do we list the title and the first line, or just the first line and make you guess?

    ( I commented on Rachel’s blog!)
    See if you can guess Carrie!

  14. Beth Erin

    had to shuffle through my desk stack to find my phone and answer a text, I’m back and Kindle’s on top!
    “The year 1363, Thorbeck Fores, The Holy Roman Empire
    Reinhart Stolten, Margrave of Thornbeck, spotted the pack of wolves devouring their fresh kill at the bottom of the ravine.”
    I’m about 25% into this one and OH, I just love The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson!!! Be still my heart, ladies and growling margraves! Whew, he is smoldering and we’re still in the budding attraction stage! What do you say, Carrie? Will there be kissing?

    • Carrie

      eeeeeeeeee!!!! OH I can’t WAIT to read this one!!!

  15. Anne Rightler

    Infuriating artists…Captain Stephen Marshall Overtree grumbled to himself as he walked along the harbor of the unfamiliar town, looking into each shop window.
    Julie Klassen’s The Painter’s Daughter
    Thanks for First Line Friday…fun to read thru what others are reading (or books that are near at hand!)

    • Carrie

      My pleasure!! It’s a lot of fun for me too 🙂 I really enjoyed The Painter’s Daughter!!

  16. Rebecca Maney

    “Shadows danced along the sculpted wings of an angel trumpeting from the tombstone’s spire.” I am advance reading a re-release of Melanie Dobson’s book, “The Silent Order”. Imagine mixing Italian mafia with peace loving Amish! It’s great!

    • Carrie

      Ooooooooo!!!! Now I’m very intrigued by this one!!

  17. Pam K.

    From Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner: “Christine unfolds the tissue paper inside the pink-striped hatbox and the odor of lost years floats upward.”

  18. Debbie Clatterbuck

    The first line in my book, Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings, is “The serving line hadn’t moved an inch, and the mood of the men in the depot diner was growing ugly.”

  19. Cyndi Wilson

    “I am Miriam, old but of use. I am a slave, a midwife, a healer with herbs. This is what I do, but El Shaddai makes me who I am.” from Miriam by Mesu Andrews. Next one on the TBR pile!

    • Carrie

      What a beautiful opening!! Mesu is going to be at the author/reader event in Nashville on Aug 24th. I can’t wait to meet her!

      • Cyndi Wilson

        How fun! That’s going to be such a great event!

  20. Kati W.

    I already posted this on Rachels blog but I thought I’d do it here. Mine is, “The Golem’s life began in the hold of a steamship.” From The Golem and the Jinni by: Helene Wecker

    • Carrie

      I haven’t heard of this book, Kati. What genre is it?

  21. Trixi

    First line of my current book:

    “Climbing a tree in heels? Not one of her better decisions”

    From Jill Lynn’s newest Love Inspired “Her Texas Family”. From there hilarity reigns!

  22. dianne casey

    The caramel sauce was almost three hundred and fifty degrees when the screaming started.

    Kernel of Truth
    By Kristi Abbott

    • Carrie

      I started to say that sounds yummy… But then the screaming started lol

    • Carrie

      ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Melissa Tagg’s newest!! I LOVE THAT BOOK!!!