First Line Friday (week 168): The Christy Award 2019 winners

Posted November 8, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 The Christy Award, Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway / 41 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, 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 the first lines of all 10 winners of 2019’s The Christy Award!

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Early Summer 1423
Village of Mindius, Lithuania

Galloping her horse past the big oak tree, Mulan pulled the bowstring taut.



The ten-passenger landing craft’s hatchway admitted a swirl of foul, frigid air.






An earthquake started it.





Island of Sicily
1388 BC

The pulse of the sea pressed me forward, urging my body deeper into its embrace.



“I discovered a secret.”






November 30, 1864
Carnton Plantation
Franklin, Tennessee
21 miles south of Nashville

“And this, children, is a drawing of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.”


(Becoming Mrs. Lewis also won BOOK OF THE YEAR!)

Bronx, New York

From the very beginning, it was the Great Lion who brought us together.





I’m not a violent man, but I have a dozen reasons for pulling my cab over and throwing the chattering man in my back seat onto the curb.




The sense of dread that began with Becky’s email pressed Gillian Short deep into her seat as passengers filed past her down the aisle, a line of eye-rubbing yawns and bouncing impatience.





“Have the nightmares been getting worse?”





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41 responses to “First Line Friday (week 168): The Christy Award 2019 winners

  1. Winnie Thomas

    “Sometimes stories are more about the one doing the telling than the tale being told.”

    From A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter

  2. Yay 🙂 I got five of my guesses for winners correct for The Christy Awards.
    My first line for the CF I have just finished reading which was Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl read ” He waits, hidden in the shadows of the tall, stately trees that line the street”

  3. Kay Garrett

    Since it is three novellas, I’ll give the first line of each one.
    Jamesport, Missouri
    Nothing is going right.
    GINGERBREAD WISHES by Laura V. Hilton
    The frigid air sliced through Crist Petersheim’s thrift shop parka, sweatshirt, and old flannel shirt.
    “I have something exciting to tell you!” Rosemary said, her voice singing within the small confines of Monroe’s buggy.

  4. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham.
    Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 5 —
    “There was something about front porch swings.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of bookish delights!

  5. Elizabeth Litton

    Prologue: “The fountan pen in the man’s hand skidded across the journal, leaving a blotch of ink like black blood.”
    Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

  6. Rachael K

    “Sometimes stories are more about the one doing the telling than the tale being told.” – A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter (just arrived yesterday! Can’t wait to read it!)

  7. Melissa R

    Apparently several of us are reading Kristi Ann Hunter’s A Pursuit of Home (including me) so I will post the first line of Natalie Walters Deadly Deceit because it’s net on my list.
    “In the face of small-town news, all creativity left Vivian DeMarco.”

    I have several of these award winners on my TBR list!!

  8. AmyJo M.

    Just looked through all the winners, and they are almost all books that I commented on or want to read. That is so cool!! Can’t wait to read these! So many books, so little time!!

  9. Martha Troxel

    A biting gust of Cornish wind screamed downward from the churning sky, billowing Cordelia Greythorne’s jet-black traveling cape.

  10. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from The Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter

    Marlborough, England 1816
    Sometimes, despite time, distance, and a significant amount of ignoring it, the past never quite went away.

  11. Rachel Taylor

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow.

    8th January, 1946
    Mr. Sidney Stark, Publisher
    Stephens & Stark Ltd.
    21 St. James’s Place
    London S.W.1

    Dear Sidney,

    Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold more than forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much moor thrilling from my standpoint was the food.

  12. The house was eerily silent. Molly Bennett leaned against the closed door, too weary to move another step.
    –The Lake Season by Denise Hunter

  13. Faith Creech

    If only leaving her problems behind were as simple as leaving home.
    Her place in time by Stephanie McGee

  14. Becky D.

    “I jumped out of bed that morning with one question in my mind — sun or fog?” or “The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.”

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