First Line Friday (Week 40): Far Side of the Sea

Posted January 6, 2017 by meezcarrie in First Line Fridays, Paula Scott / 46 Comments

Welcome to the first First Line Friday of 2017!

We finally have snow on the ground here in Kentucky and I could not be happier!

To celebrate the fact that it’s Friday, grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

The book I’m featuring today is Far Side of the Sea by Paula Scott

And the first line is…

“Monterey, California, 1846 / Maria rode into the village alongside Joshua Tyler with an army of vaqueros in their wake.”

If you’ve read Until the Day Breaks, then you know this situation described in the first line of Far Side of the Sea is no bueno!

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

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

Robin’s Nest

and a great big RimSP welcome to the undisputed queen of lawn tennis…

Fiction Aficionado!

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

Make sure you head over to my interview with Paula Scott for your chance to win a signed copy of Far Side of the Sea.

Also, the first book in this series, Until the Day Breaks, is FREE for the next few days on Kindle.

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46 responses to “First Line Friday (Week 40): Far Side of the Sea

  1. Lol! What a welcome 🙂 *does curtsy in cute lawn tennis outfit*

    My first line is from The Scarlet Coat, by Angela K Couch:

    “The last rays of sun faded into twilight, and the wind whispered through the trees, as if warning Rachel to turn back.”

    Thanks for having me along!

    • Winnie Thomas

      *Giggle* (lawn tennis outfit). I’m glad you’re getting some use out of it. It was -20 degrees last night here, and we have 2 feet of snow, so I doubt I’ll be getting in any lawn tennis! LOL You are hilarious, Katie! Welcome to First Line Fridays.

    • Carrie

      fun! I got that for my mom for Christmas and I’m pretty sure I need to borrow it when she’s done 🙂

  2. carylkane

    CARRIE, I would love to come visit and play in the snow with you and ZuZu. Tonight in my part of Texas, it’ll dip down in the the twenties. We’ll be back in the 70’s by Monday.

    Welcome Katie of Fiction Aficionado.

    My first line is from Inside Story by Susan Page Davis.

    3:00 P.M., MARCH 7

    “Uh, Claudia? That gorilla is looking at me.”

  3. My first line is from Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith by Marguerite Martin Gray:

    Atlantic Ocean
    May 1773

    “His hands tightly gripped the railing, turning his knuckles a startling white compared to his wind-chapped tanned skin.”

    Happy reading and happy Friday!

  4. Sylvia Miller

    “There was something fascinating about the rhythm of writing, at least when someone else was doing it.”

    An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

  5. Kim

    “Sometimes in the dead of night, Lynette Carlisle heard her mother’s voice. Sometimes it was easy to forget her mother had been dead twelve years.”

    The Things We Knew by Catherine West

    I know that’s two lines but had to add the second! I just finished this book. Thanks again Carrie for your review. I just am…uh…I have no words yet except for these – I need sequels!!! Gray! Liz!

    • Oh, how lovely!! I’m so glad you enjoyed TTWK, Kim!! I’m working on it! 🙂 In the meantime, my next book comes out on March 28 – The Memory of You. It’s a standalone novel, but hopefully you’ll love it just as much!

      • Kim

        Yay! This is the first book of yours I have read. All the others are now in my TBR – soon pile…mountain! Thanks Carrie for always adding to my ever growing mountain! Although you have made it very hard for me to pick out my next book because there are SO many great books to choose from. Not a bad problem to have I guess!

  6. “This is a simple story about a special dog who shared life with me on my first sheep ranch.” Lessons From A Sheep Dog by Phillip Keller.

    This is such a great little book, I’ve read it before, but am reading it again as I research to write the final book in my California Rising series. Thanks for featuring Far Side of the Sea today, Carrie. So hoping you enjoy the story.

  7. I MUST READ THIS SERIES! I completely apologize for my previous comment regarding your relaxed book pushing. I picked up the first book yesterday and I’m heading over to enter your giveaway, RIGHT NOW!

    Meanwhile, I’m going to catch up on blogging and reviewing, then treat myself with A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz! Squee!
    April 1777
    What cannot be cured must be endured.

  8. “Early morning dew tickled Deborah’s sandaled feet on the path to the village well, and palm trees waved their stout leaves as if in greeting.” The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

    This is quite good so far – looking forward to finishing it this weekend 😀

  9. Hi Carrie!!
    Happy Friday!

    My first line comes from The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green.

    Paris, France 1719

    There it was again. Suddenly wide awake, Julianne covered her ears.

  10. JJ

    From “The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century” by Mark Rooker:
    (Introduction) THE INFLUENCE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS “Although written more than 3,500 years ago, the Ten Commandments remain among the most controversial topics at the beginning of the twenty-first century.”

    What can I say? I’ve been studying for the Ladies Bible Study class I teach that begins again on Jan 17th.

  11. Winnie Thomas

    “Wounded soldiers returned from war as heroes. Wounded nurses returned as old maids.” The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham. I just received the autographed copy I won! Yay! It’s so gorgeous. I read it quite a while ago as an ebook, but there’s just something about an actual print book you can hold in your hands! Love, love, love!

  12. My paragraph this week is from Tracy Borman’s amazing and wonderful new book, The Private Lives of the Tudors.

    ” ‘I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.’ This telling lament by Elizabeth I begs the question: did the Tudors have a private life at all? As monarchs, they were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers, ministers, and place-seekers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task.”

    Happy Reading!

  13. Pam K.

    “Twelve years was a long time to wait for a tamale. Sam Houston Hart forked a bite and savored the spicy taste.” from A Love Returned by Keli Gwyn, the fourth novella in the Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection.

  14. Haley Resseguie

    My first line comes from An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Hunter — “Lord Trent Hawthorne was convinced that breakfast was one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.” I have been waiting for Trent’s story since I read her other 2 books this summer. So excited to get this book in the mail today!

  15. Eeeeeeek yay for snow! Now you need to have -18 degrees to catch up with me bahahaha! Ya it ha been COLD!!!! My first line this week: “There is a distinct difference between a heroine with a promised happy ending and a prodigal who must design her own” You know this one…

    • Carrie

      haha!! It’s been COLD for here – only in the teens. But not below zero yet lol. And yes… indeed… I do know that book 😀

  16. I’m reading an early reader copy of The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection, releasing this March. So far I’ve read Amanda Dykes’ Scottish tale (loved it!) and Maureen Lang’s NYC-set tale (loved it!). Just started Jocelyn Green’s tale in this 5-story collection and I don’t know if I can share the line since it’s an early copy? But I’m also really looking forward to Jocelyn’s The Mark of the King (mentioned above) and should be getting that in the mail sometime this month! 🙂

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