First Line Friday (week 88): Softly and Tenderly

January 12, 2018 First Line Fridays 45

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 (Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck) was put on my radar by a longtime friend who also has a great devotional blog – go check her out at In Pleasant Places!

And the first line is….

“Along the first of spring, when winter began to ease its grip on Whisper Hollow mornings, the word barren began echoing over the shadowy recesses of Jade’s mind.”

Isn’t that a beautiful first line??

Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating! If you’re a blogger or just a social media-er, we’d love for you to join us too!
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45 Responses to “First Line Friday (week 88): Softly and Tenderly”

  1. Anne L. Rightler

    732 BCE (Spring)
    Judean Wilderness
    My friend Yaira said to be brave–but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching.

    Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

  2. Paula S.

    I just finished two books so…..
    I am just going to crack open Irene Hannon’s Dangerous Illusions:
    “ Hello Matt, long time no see”
    As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightening illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant.

  3. Gloria

    I just started Credible Threat by Heather Woodhaven.
    Rebecca Linn slid in her socks across the gleaming wood floor, cozy and happy to be in her favorite flannel pajamas.

  4. Iola

    Yes, that is a beautiful first line. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m sharing the first line from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano on my blog. It has so many great lines!

    I’m currently reading ‘Aint Misbehaving by Marji Lane. Here’s the first line:

    “Her future wasn’t the only thing at stake.”

  5. Carolyn Martin

    “Every time I hear, ‘And they lived happily ever after’ and Tinkerbell comes out with her magic wand to end the movie, I feel like reaching for the bug spray and a fly swatter.”

  6. MH

    I don’t necessarily like a book series that chronicles one or two main characters over a span of three or four books….but I really really enjoyed this series about Jade and Max. I read them a few years ago but still remember the plot and characters vividly.

    My first line: “Sarah, your order’s up!” from Valentine Verse by Joann Durgin

  7. Susan Dyer

    Happy Friday!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading later this month, The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane….

    I was born twice. The first time was on July 9 to Paul and Mimi Haas in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother died six years later.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  8. Kay Garrett

    My head. My head. My head!

    An Otter Lake Mystery
    By Auralee Wallace

  9. Brittaney B

    “The Ancient Greeks believed that after death, all souls, whether good or bad, would descend to the underworld, the kingdom of Hades, deep in the earth, and dwell there for eternity,” Bailey read aloud, his eyes flying across the page.

    Making Faces by Amy Harmon

  10. Trisha

    Now I have the lovely hymn singing through my thoughts “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is waiting, waiting for you and for me” <3
    This sounds like it would be a wonderful, uplifting book!

  11. Haley Resseguie

    “The music seeped into her soul like fog over the Thames.”

    A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

    I am almost finished and it is so good! Just waiting on naptime for toddlers so I can finish it.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Beth Erin

    What a beautiful cover and title! I’m diving into Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse today after I tackle blog comments and a review!
    A sleepy purple twilight wrapped around the farmhouse, its tall windows glowing with warmth from somewhere inside.

  13. Melissa

    “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has asked that you remain in your seats for the remainder of your flight.”

    The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

    This book is a love story about a woman who gets amnesia as the result of being told she is the lone survivor of a plane crash and assumes a new identity to avoid her old life and falls in love with an Irish man.

  14. Suzie

    I’ve seen these books by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck but haven’t read them yet.

    The first line from the next book on my TBR list: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke: Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livre.

    • Carrie

      I actually haven’t read it yet either 😛 but my friend sent me the first line and I loved it lol. I cannot WAIT to read Until We Find Home!!

  15. Nicole Santana

    Great first line. So pretty!

    Happy Friday!!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons. So here I will leave the first line from the book I am starting next, Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren.

    Chapter 1
    “Sierra should have brought marshmallows.”

  16. Andrea Stephens

    The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.
    Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

    Happy Friday!

  17. Becky Smith

    I love these Fridays & reading the first lines from all these books I’ve either enjoyed or want to read!

    My first line is from Rush by Jayme Mansfield:

    “I can’t stop shivering when I sleep alone.”

  18. Jeanne B.

    May 1775
    “Elisabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.”
    I’m reading “The Lacemaker” by Laura Frantz. I love the time period and her writing. You’ll not want to miss the very swoony (ahem! MeezCarrie) Patriot, Noble Rynallt.

    • Carrie

      ohhhh i love her books!!!! I have heard lots of gushing about Noble – can’t wait to meet him 😀

  19. Yvette

    Oh, that’s quite the first line! 🙂

    I’m sharing Susie Finkbeiner’s A Cup of Dust over on my blog, but I’m hoping to start Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters novels soon so here is the first line from the prequel novella, Then Came You:

    “Garner’s Journal Entry

    Silvie left me today.”

  20. Ellie

    I’ve seen other books by Sara Evans and have been intrigued since she’s a country singer. I haven’t read any yet.

    My first line today is from Robin Lee Hatcher’s You’ll think of Me. I’m reading it now and I have trouble putting it down! “Brooklyn Myers sat on the narrow stretch of lawn beside the brick apartment building, watching her ten-year-old daughter.”

  21. MomIsReading

    “Leticia Wentworth was twenty times a fool.” – Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch

  22. Linda K. Rodante

    “As he reviewed the logs, from Kaylene’s car, he was impressed.” from Imperfect Justice by Cara Putnam. Now it doesn’t tell you much until you read the next line, so I have to put it down too: “She was venturing beyond the short leash he had given her.” See the difference? It went from a good feeling to an oh,no in that second sentence. It’s a legal thriller about an abusive relationship and since I like legal thrillers and have written about abusive relationships, and have heard Cara’s prayers in a prayer room, well…I couldn’t not pick it up.

  23. Melody

    Thank you for the shout-out, friend! I wondered if I’d get the credit for the line 😉
    (I know, I’m seeing this late – busy weekend out of town, and now school has started back up!)

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