First Line Friday (week 222): When Valleys Bloom Again

Posted January 22, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Pat Jeanne Davis / 6 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 When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

London, August 1939

“Abby Stapleton slumped back in her seat, convinced any glimmer of hope she’d harbored would soon be extinguished.”


As war approaches in 1939, Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the US Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

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6 responses to “First Line Friday (week 222): When Valleys Bloom Again


    After the heat of summer and (if we’re lucky) long Indian summers, the first time the temperatures really drop, my mind turns to the holidays. Christmas Memories by Nancy Carey Johnson

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from:
    A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund
    Colorado Territory August 1862
    “Stop or we’ll shoot! “ A dozen feet up Kenosha pass, three robbers with flour sacks over their heads blocked the way, their revolvers outstretched.
    I finished it on January 8.

  3. Kay Garrett

    “Ever notice that Cupid rhymes with stupid?” Hands jammed on my hips, I surveyed the five-star hotel ballroom decorated with porcelain cupids and scarlet hearts.

  4. Happy Friday. 😊
    “Sylvie hadn’t always leapt to the worst possible conclusion. But being a parent seemed to enlarge her imagination as much as it did her heart.”
    Shadows of the White City, Jocelyn Green

  5. Gloria A

    I just finished The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson and it was really good. I started Trailing A Killer by Carol J Post.
    Erin Jeffries moved down the two-lane road that spanned the eighteen-mile length of Pine Island. Sheets of rain slapped across the windshield, the final fury of a storm that had pounded the area for most of the night.

  6. Diana Hardt

    This comes from High-Priority Asset by Juno Rushdan. No matter where she went or what she did, Isabel Vargas couldn’t escape him. Some days were better than others, but Thursdays were the worst. The one night of the week she closed her art gallery alone so her best friend and assistant, Brenda, could take a yoga class across town. The one night she relived the traumatic encounter with her ex.

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