First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Land Beneath Us

Posted February 7, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, romance, Sarah Sundin / 31 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 line of The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin, currently on tour with JustRead Tours (the company I co-own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Camp Forrest, Tullahoma, Tennessee
Friday, June 11, 1943

Most men woke in a cold sweat when they dreamed of their own deaths, but not Private Clay Paxton.


In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for–fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family–the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah’s life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay’s recurring dream comes true?

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31 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Land Beneath Us

  1. Brenda Murphree

    Forgive my cryptic invitation to lunch, Miss Bracey, but I dared not go into detail on the chance your post was intercepted. THE BLIZZARD BRIDE by Susanne Dietze

  2. Kay Garrett

    West Kootenai, Montana
    Even the fresh scent of bleach couldn’t overcome the acrid stench of smoke from the Caribou wildfire that raged in Kootenai National Forest.
    A LONG BRIDGE HOME by Kelly Irvin

  3. Sherri G

    The sun’s rays had begun to touch the ancient ruins and palm trees along the river as thirteen-year-old Syble Rinecroft reached the top deck of the steamer.
    Among Sand and Sunrise by Stacy Henrie

  4. Jennifer Hibdon

    One hundred years ago…April 2, 1918, Northern France
    Lance Corporal Elliott Allen sat crouched in a muddy trench, huddled up against his Lee-Enfield rifle, shivering in the cold light rain.
    The Ascesion, Richard Spillman, Mountain Brook Ink.

  5. Saundra McKenzie

    It was a chilly predawn morning when Anthony Strauss eased Sweet Caroline, his seventeen foot Boston whaler, from the trailer into water so dark it was indistinguishable from the sky.
    The New Husband by D J Palmer

  6. Gloria A

    Button eyed the compound’s exit and forced herself to trudge behind her parents as the pain intensified in her belly.
    One Little Lie by Colleen Coble

  7. Haley Resseguie

    The Land Beneath Us is next on my stack to read! It was such a great book release week that I struggled with what to read first. But I finally settled on Veiled In Smoke by Jocelyn Green.
    “Meg’s father was gone. Again.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm. After majors floods in our area with 70 degree weather the past 2 days, it’s now snowing here in East Tennessee! Crazy!

  8. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Fifth Avenue Story Society” by Rachel Hauck:

    “Well this was a fine mess.”

  9. Alicia Haney

    Her old ranch foreman had called them trash tree, but the elm-lined drive remained long after the man had faded to a higher horizon. This is from the book Forty Acres on Loan by Cindy M. Amos

  10. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze
    “ Forgive my cryptic invitation to lunch, Miss Bracey, but I dared not go into detail on the chance your post was intercepted.”
    Happy reading this weekend

  11. Ellie

    I’m currently reading Finding the Road Home by Tina Radcliffe and the first line is “Police chief Mitchell Rainbolt shook his head as he slid into the front seat of his departmental SUV and tried to remember by he was still in Rebel, Oklahoma, running a department with less staff than the Arrowhead Diner across the street.” I’m really enjoying it so far! I hope you have a nice weekend. ?

  12. I have absolutely loved the Sunrise at Normandy series! ❤️ Right now I’m reading The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano; here’s the first line: “By all accounts, Suesca was haunted.”

    Have a great weekend! ??

  13. This week on my blog I shared the first line from More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson but I’m currently reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck so I’ll share the first line from chapter 9: “The only thing worse than donning a rented tux on a Friday night so he could rub elbows with Manhattan’s rich and infamous, was inviting a last-minute date.” Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. Janice Moore

    ‘”Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?'” is a quote from John Wesley, from “I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening).”

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