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

Posted November 20, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Elizabeth Musser, First Line Fridays, giveaway / 11 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 Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

I have spent twenty years carefully stitching my family’s life together, so when it suddenly starts to unravel I find myself in a tangled knot of anxiety.


You’d be surprised at what gets through when everything else is taken away.

Abbie Jowett always has every detail perfectly planned out, including her husband’s upcoming surprise fiftieth birthday party. But when he surprises her instead with news that he’s leaving, she feels her life unraveling. Already distressed by her son Bobby’s determination to take a gap year in Europe in addition to her father’s failing health, Abbie is immobilized by grief.

Bobby Jowett
has dared to take a gap year to really think about his future. His first stop is volunteering at a refugee center in Austria where he meets a beautiful Iranian girl named Rasa. For idealistic Bobby, it is love at first sight. On the spur of the moment, he invites her to join him in hiking the famed French Camino. But his mother, out of desperation, has also chosen to follow him to France.

Caroline Lefort,
a young photojournalist, is writing an article about pilgrims on the Camino. However, she has been like a wandering pilgrim herself for the past ten years, having abandoned her family after a devastating event.

As the lives of these people intersect, they find that the Camino strips them bare, calling each one into deep soul-searching. Against all odds, can they find themselves again?

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11 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Promised Land

  1. Gloria A

    “This is the very best day of my life,” my dear friend, Lois Henry, proclaimed as she wove up and down the aisles of the Harvest Village Flea Market.
    Courting Can Be Killer by Amanda Flower

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    The Promised Land was great!

    My first line today comes from The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel:
    May 29, 1928. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    “ From that day on, death was in my song.” Vera’s voice quivered as she ended her nightly number.

  3. Linda Kish

    Aren’t the women always rushed? Even if they appear to be graceful, ambling along the limestone path to the courtyard, it’s actually a quiet frenzy. A Palm Beach Scandal by Susannah Marren

  4. Diana Hardt

    This comes from The Merriest Magnolia by Michelle Major. She was being followed. Although it was nearing midnight, Carrie Reed shouldn’t feel nervous walking home on a late November night.

  5. Becky Smith

    What a great first line! Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Once Upon a Silent Night” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Alessia Talbot tipped her head back against the headrest of her seat, clutching her cell phone tightly in her hand.”

  6. Perrianne Askew

    “Thirty Seconds. If they were still arguing, she’d call the cops then.” From: Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill.

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