First Line Friday (Week 39): Favorite First Lines

December 30, 2016 First Line Fridays, Pepper Basham 28

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!!

Today I’m doing something a bit different. Since I’ve been talking all week about my favorite reads of 2016, I thought we’d transfer that concept to First Line Friday too.

So instead of reaching for the book nearest you and telling us the first line, let’s comment with your favorite first line from 2016.

MY favorite first line from 2016 is from The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham.

And the first line is…

“There is a distinct difference between a heroine with a promised happy ending and a prodigal who must design her own.”

So… what’s your favorite First Line from 2016?

Or, if you’d rather, the first line of your favorite book from 2016?

Let me know in the comments and then head over to share your First Line with these friends:

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

..and welcome to the group

Robin’s Nest

(If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot me an email and let me know!)


28 Responses to “First Line Friday (Week 39): Favorite First Lines”

  1. Kim

    “With the hiss of smoothing irons and the starchy scent of soap trailing her, Ella toted a bundle of hospital linens up the steps.”

    From my favorite book of the year or of ever maybe! The Lady and the Lionheart.

    • Carrie

      yes – mine too!!! Such an amazing book that reaches down deep and doesn’t let go!

  2. Yvette-Bookworlder

    “Lydia King took a tentative step into Mr. Lowe’s hazy office, feeling like Bob Cratchit approaching Scrooge.” ~ A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

  3. Heather

    My favorite first line this year comes from the prologue of An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter:

    “There was something fascinating about the rhythm of writing, at least when someone else was doing it. Dip the quill, write a line, dip the quill, write a line.”

    Here is my first line for today:

    Waves of Mercy
    by Lynn Austin

    Lake Michigan

    “I am living my nightmare. A violent storm has overtaken our steamship, and as we mount high on the crest of a wave one moment, then plunge sickeningly into a watery trough the next, I am certain we are about to sink.”

    Happy reading and Happy New Year!

  4. Pepper

    Are you kidding me??? You loved this first line best of all???
    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! #freakingoutandflailingabout

  5. carylkane

    LOVE this post, Carrie!

    I’m sharing the first line from Julie Lessman’s Isle of Hope.

    Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trust in Him. – Psalm 32:10

    Chapter One
    Isle of Hope, Georgia, Early Summer

    When it comes to burning bridges, I am the Queen of Kerosene.

  6. Sarah

    This week mine is from “Charles Brandon: The King’s Man” by Sarah Bryson.

    “Charles Brandon was an enigmatic, charismatic man, rising from mere boyhood friend of a future king to flirting with a European duchess, marrying the Dowager Queen of France, being created the Duke of Suffolk, and not to mention becoming the leading magnate in Lincolnshire by the end of his life.”

    Happy Reading!

  7. Beth Erin

    Carrie, please forgive me… I am all favorited out. It was hard. 😉 I think LLAMA by our new friend Joy might be a good candidate though 😉

    I’m still reading Seven Brides for Seven Texans collection from Barbour. Here’s the first line of the novella I just started last night, A Love Returned by Keli Gwyn.

    Twelve years was a long time to wait for a tamale.

  8. Robin E. Mason

    One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg

    If Rylan Jefferson was lucky, after tonight she’d never have to see Colin Renwycke again.

    Love it. Hands down. Ms. Tagg has become my new favorite author—well, she’s in good company anyway. She had a skill with words that supersedes most I’v read, and she crafts a well-told story.

  9. Andrea Stephens

    I’ve had too many favorite books this year! Such a great problem to have!!!
    I’m going to choose the first couple lines of an Audible book I enjoyed listening to.

    The Hudson River Valley Summer 1898
    “THAT’S WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND, floating face down in the river,” and ominous voice intoned. “He was stone-cold dead”
    from Until The Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

  10. Andi Tubbs

    My favorite line of 2016 comes from Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman

    When it comes to burning bridges, I am the Queen of Kerosene.

    Is that not an awesome first line?!?!?!?

    Happy New Year, Carrie!

    • Carrie

      yes, and I can totally hear Julie saying that line as she wrote it too LOL!! She’s such fun! Happy New Year, Andi!

  11. Katie Donovan

    Gee! Tough much?

    Okay, here’s the first line from one of my favourite contemporary romances for 2016, Kara Isaac’s ‘Close To You’:

    “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.”


  12. Janet Ferguson

    Can’t pick a fav. Here’s the first line of the one I just finished.
    She would die today one way or another~ Giver of Wonders
    I very much enjoyed this Christmas novel!

  13. Dianna

    Not necessarily my favorite book of 2016, but it’s one that I just finished and it stayed with me.

    “On our wedding day, my fiance James arrived at the church in a casket.”
    —Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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