First Line Friday (Week 35): Starring Christmas

Posted December 2, 2016 by meezcarrie in Allison Pittman, Christmas, First Line Fridays, Rachel McMillan / 35 Comments

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Happy first Friday of DECEMBER!!!

Before we proceed with our regularly scheduled First Line Friday goodness, I have to show y’all the gorgeously awesome Book Tree my husband put together for me on his last day of Thanksgiving vacation. It makes my heart smile.


Ok – time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

The book I’m featuring today is Starring Christmas by Rachel McMillan & Allison Pittman


And the first line (ok… first paragraph) is…

Whitstead Farmhouse,

TOBY tiptoes through the freshly fallen snow to the open barn door. It is a scene familiar to him from his childhood: resplendent midwinter light scattered over the boards. NOELLE’s blonde hair spills over her shoulders in a rare moment of abandon. “

If you love binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies this time of year, you need to check out this set of two Christmas novellas! (Don’t worry – it’s not written all in script format lol)

So… what’s your First Line today?

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

…and welcoming

All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

(which I think is one of the most fun blog names ever!)

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


35 responses to “First Line Friday (Week 35): Starring Christmas

  1. Becky Smith

    I just finished Shelter From The Storm by Kristen Ethridge: “Ten years ago, Becca Collins caught a bus to Port Provident, Texas because it was as far south as she could get from Wisconsin without falling into the water.”

  2. I just got a delightful surprise in the mail yesterday so I’m sharing the first line of Chapter 7 from Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman…

    “But I d-don’t want to see the n-nurse; I want to r-ride a h-horsey.” Little Beth Erin … clung to Shannon’s neck, voice quivering with disappointment as they entered the reception are of the Camp Hope plantation house.


  3. Andrea Stephens

    Oh, I do love my Hallmark Movies! I’m falling behind in my reading this month because of them 🙂
    I’ll give you the first line from a novella by Heather Blanton “Love, Lies, & Typewriters”
    Lucy knew she was going to regret this.
    It was a quick, fun story set in WWII, it is a departure from her westerns. I like part of her introduction. “A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?”

  4. I’m planning to read A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck this month, so I’ve started with book 1 of her Royal Weddings series (Royal Christmas Wedding is #4) on Overdrive audiobooks. Here is the first line (sort of) of Once Upon a Prince:

    What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words. I can’t marry you?

  5. From The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle (YA)
    I, Kiki Nichols, sweatpants enthusiast and perpetual chorus girl, am all dressed up and standing alone on stage in front of fifty strangers.

    Love this book!

  6. Haley Resseguie

    “In the heat of summer, under the dark sky of a moonless night, three Amish children disappeared from their beds, never to be heard from again. Until…”

    Finding Margo by Jen Turano

    I just got this one in the mail yesterday and I am so excited to get started on it today!

    And I love the book tree, Carrie!

  7. I love your tree!

    Bad Day for a Bombshell
    by Cindy Vincent

    December 5th, 1941

    “Two days before waves of Imperial Japanese Navy planes blasted our warships into fireballs at Pearl Harbor, my mother and I were balancing hatboxes and shopping bags in the back of a taxicab while it raced through downtown Dallas, the fashion center of the Southwest.”

  8. My first line comes from Billy Coffey’s book There Will Be Stars, which I am giving away this week.

    Sometimes, if he was not so drunk or the twins so loud, Bobby Barnes would consider how those rides to the mountain had become an echo of his life.

  9. Kav

    That’s an awesome tree!!!!! Did he count how many books it took? And did he have a game plan or just go with the flow?

    My first line: “I opened the front door at 5 a.m. on a July Thursday and stepped into murder.” Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper

    • Carrie

      As far as game plan vs go with the flow, I think a little bit of both. We haven’t counted the books – definitely something we need to do when we dismantle it haha!

      I got to meet Gayle in Nashville – she ate next to me in a restaurant haha!

  10. Tracey Hagwood

    Love your tree Carrie, that’s true love right there!

    I almost stepped on it.
    From Ordinary Snowflakes

  11. carylkane

    Your hubby is AWESOME!

    In keeping with the Christmas theme, here is my first line:

    If Rylan Jefferson was lucky, after tonight she’d never have to see Colin Renwycke again. – One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg


  12. Thank you for the welcome! When I was sitting there almost two years ago trying to come up with an address for Blogger, every cute fun bookish nickname I tried was taken and I literally said out loud, “Ugh! All the book blog names are taken!” and VOILA, yes, they are 🙂

    My line is from Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

    “Napoleon Bonaparte was the founder of modern France and is one of the great conquerors of history.”

    Happy Friday!

  13. Amanda M.

    Ok I’m going to put the first 2 lines because it has more of an attention grabbing sense when you read both instead of just the first one. It is from the introduction of this book.

    “It is an extraordinary thing for a foreigner to witness: one of the world’s most sophisticated and beautiful nations being ransacked by barbarians. It is more extraordinary still to consider that these barbarians are not members of a foreign army, but of that nation’s own elected government.”

    The book is Feral: Rewilding the land, the sea, and human life by George Monbiot

  14. Michelle Connell

    Carrie, love that tree! That’s fantastic!

    From Trimmed with Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum

    Charlie hadn’t yet reached the bridge that crossed over onto Cape Ann proper when he decided it was all a terrible mistake.

  15. AHhhhh I NEED this!!!!!! My first line today….”The significance of the location was unknown to those present that murky day in 1962 when four lads stood in front of a huge tea warehouse by Liverpool’s dock road, having photos taken to publicize their first record.” Tune In – The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn (And yes….I did a happy dance when I saw Sarah’s FLF today…Nonfiction!!!!)

  16. Tammy

    Hi! LOVE the book tree!! Also love the blog name from Sara! So cute!
    To be honest I am reading so many books and they are all next to me but the first one I grabbed(with eyes tightly shut) was the book my son and I are starting because we love the movie so much(usually its the other way around, I love the book and then see the movie)…
    The Princess Bride

    “The Year Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette. Annette worked in Paris for the Duke and Duchess de Guiche, and it did not escape the Duke’s notice that someone extraordinary was polishing the pewter.”

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