First Line Friday (week 82): Christy

November 17, 2017 Catherine Marshall, Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical 42

Happy Friday!

And welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is the classic Christy by Catherine Marshall.

And the first line is:

“On that November afternoon when I first saw Cutter Gap, the crumbling chimney of Alice Henderson’s cabin stood stark against the sky, blackened by the flames that had consumed the house.”

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating! Join us too!



42 Responses to “First Line Friday (week 82): Christy”

  1. Andrea Stephens

    I need to read Christy again, it’s been too long.
    My first line is: Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
    Jane Austen’s Emma
    I’m listening to it at bedtime.

  2. Gloria A

    I read Christy many years ago and I think that I still have a paperback copy somewhere. Love’s Promise by TK Chapin:
    Chapter 1 – Marie
    I had been married to Winston Jones for twenty-three years and never once seen him as broken as he was after the accident at Diamond Lake.
    Happy Friday!

  3. Katie Donovan

    I really should read that book one of these days!

    I’m featuring Melissa Tagg’s new Christmas novella on my blog this week, but I’m going to share the first line from ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’ by Christine Dillon here:

    “You have cancer.”

    Despite its opening line, it’s quite an uplifting read!

    • Carrie

      Girl. You need to quit playing lawn tennis with August and go read Christy. ASAP! 😉

  4. Susan Dyer

    Happy Friday!

    Today, my first line Friday is from Christmas at Grey Goose Lodge by Phyllis Clark Nichols…..

    When Maude opened the door to the Christmas closet in early December that year, she had no reason to think there would only be nine more Christmases celebrated at Grey Sage.

  5. Caryl Kane

    Happy Weekend!


    “Mama?” Emily Carver whispered the word as she opened the door to her parents’ bedroom. – A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

  6. Beckie Burnham

    I have to admit that I have not read Christy. But that oversight will be rectified in a week or two! Here’s the first line from the next book I will be reading, Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano.

    “It must have been the rain that felt so wrong that day, nothing more.”

    • Carrie

      oh i’m so glad you’ll be reading it soon! I’m looking forward to your review – for both books!

  7. Kay Garrett

    “Jonathan Riley Shelton, you’re taking longer than a month of Sundays.”
    His Kind Of Cowgirl by Karen Rock

  8. Becky Smith

    Great book! My first line (a little longer) is from Anne Greene’s Avoiding the Mistletoe:

    Olivia Rose Baker glanced up from the headlines in the Massachusetts Matrimonial Gazette. With an explosive smack, she slapped the newspaper on the top of the breakfast table. “No! I refuse.”

  9. Brandy

    Robin Gunn’s Engaging Father Christmas—Around me swarms of Londoners rushed by, intent on their destinations and sure of their plans.

    • Carrie

      I’ve seen that movie advertised on Hallmark Channel – i’m sure the book is much better 🙂

  10. Carol Alscheff

    My first line is from Naomi’s Gift.A novella by Amy Clipston. “Caleb sucked in a deep breath as the taxi van bounced down Route 340 toward Bird-in-Hand,Pennsylvania.”

  11. Perrianne Askew

    Louisdrew his hand back from his mama’s cheek. – Twilight Christmas by Normandie Fischer

  12. Nicole Santana

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris on my blog for FLF, so here I will post from the book I am currently reading, A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal. Currently, I am on chapter 9, so I’ll post the first line from that:

    “Fumbling with a keychain that grew lighter every day, I closed my apartment door for the very last time on the day before our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. A cold, ordinary Thursday to everyone else — extraordinary to me.”

  13. Savanna Kaiser

    What a lovely book and a beautiful first line. Makes me want to read it again. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Carrie. Have a great weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving!

  14. Phyllis - Among the Reads

    Christy is such a beautiful book. I have read it several times.

    This week I did an author interview with Joyce DiPastana, Medieval fiction writer. The first line from her short story The Girl by the River:

    Robert almost tripped over the scythe.

  15. Suzie Waltner

    I need to re-read this too 🙂

    I’m getting in the Christmas Spirit with my FLF blog post, but here are the first lines from the book I’m currently reading:

    “Being a teacher was turning out to be a little like having the flu. Simon O’Keefe. Her heart broke for him at the same time her stomach twisted with dread for herself.” From The Calico and Cowboy Romance Collection by Mary Connealy.

  16. Beth Erin

    I’m looking forward to taking another trip through those pages! Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is featured on my blog today with a giveaway but I’m currently reading The Vexing by Tamara Leigh. Here’s the first line:
    Normandy, France
    Early December 1161
    Women were more trouble than they were worth. Or so Sir Durand Marshal told himself each time one dragged him into a mess like this one promised to do.

  17. Anneliese Dalaba

    I read this book years ago and remember enjoying it. That’s a great first line. Catherine Marshall is definitely a great writer. I liked her book “Julie” just as much. I’m featuring Mail Order Mommy on my blog. It’s a Christmas story. I’m in the mood for the holidays and have already finished decorating my house. 🙂 I also love well-written mail-order brides books. They are probably becoming overdone, but I don’t care. I still love them.

  18. Iola

    I’ve got a 1990’s copy of Christy around somewhere … great novel, and I loved the TV show as well.

    I’m sharing from Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman over on my blog today. But I’m currently reading Piercehaven by Robin Merrill, which is kind of a girls basketball version of Friday Night Lights, except set on an island off the coast of Maine. Here’s the first line:

    She had expected it to be a poetic voyage. She had expected sunshine and whitecaps, a sea song to serenade her as she sailed toward her new home.

    • Carrie

      one of my faves 🙂 Thanks, Heather – i hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  19. Melissa

    Deception (Book 2) by C.J. Redwine

    After Logan’s speech, I approach the training ground, located fifteen yards from the first line of tents that mark our camp.

    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and save me some dressing. Lol

  20. Trisha

    This book sure brings back memories of reading this story with my sister. Such a great story!