First Line Friday (week 158): Now and Then and Always

Posted August 30, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, Melissa Tagg, romance / 11 Comments

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. Today, I’m featuring Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg!

And the first line of the Prologue is…

It was just a house.

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.

Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.

Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.


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11 responses to “First Line Friday (week 158): Now and Then and Always

  1. Haley Resseguie

    I love all of Melissa Tagg’s books, but Now and Then and Always is my new favorite of hers! Although my TBR pile is now it’s own universe, I am taking this week/long weekend to reread a favorite series.
    “Marcus Lucianus Valerian walked through a maze of streets in the Eternal City, hoping to find a sanctuary of peace within himself.”

    An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers

    Hope you have a great long weekend, Meez Carrie!

  2. Kay Garrett

    A teenage boy named Lenny rode silently through pristine Iowan fields, gliding along on a set of tracks.
    UNDER THE HEAVENS by Thomas Nye

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    I chose chapter two of One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn:
    Anissa brought up the rear of their somber crew as they each nodded at Bill, the security guard in the Carrington Memorial Hospital emergency department.
    I loved all three books in this series.

  4. Caitlyn Santi

    The first line of my current read: “If Ford didn’t get his head in the game, they were doomed.”
    Ford by Susan May Warren
    I am SOOOO loving this book! ?

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Art of Rivers by Janet Ferguson: Currently I’m finishing up Finding Miss Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano. I’ll share a line from that book here. ?

    “As we hurried through the hallway, his grip on my arm tightened until I half expected to hear my bones snap.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. ?❤?

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