First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): All That Really Matters

Posted April 23, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway, Nicole Deese / 20 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 All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

“I used to marvel at the way my Great Mimi’s arthritic fingers would pinch her eyeliner pencil and trace a perfect stroke of midnight black along her upper lash line.”


Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules–even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media.

Soon as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most.

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20 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): All That Really Matters

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    Loved Nicole’s book!

    My first line is from Kristi Hunter’s newest: Winning the Gentleman:
    After twenty-two years, Aaron Whitworth should have been aware of his closest friend’s idiocy.

  2. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Hattie: A Heart that Listens and Eyes the Speak” by Jean L. Kuhnke:

    “Hattie was a mess with mud up to her elbows.”

  3. Kay Garrett

    Ignoring the tilt and rumble of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter about to hoist her down below and the dark thunderstorm approaching from the west, Senior Airman Ava Esposito adjusted the sturdy harness sleeves around the black nylon sling holding the sixty-five-pound yellow Lab that was about to rappel with her. Roscoe’s trusting eyes followed her while he hovered close to her chest, always eager to work.
    RESCUE OPERATION by Lenora Worth

  4. Phyllis

    Many of you have probably read this line more than once…Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers…

    “Alex Stafford was just like Mama said.“

  5. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard. The scuba-diving dry suit, along with the warm layers beneath, protected Sylvie Masters from the biting cold waters of the channel that carved its way through the Alaska Panhandle. Breathe too fast, you could die. Hold your breath, you could die. Stay too long, you could die. Ascend too fast, tiny little bubbles of nitrogen on a death mission enter your bloodstream. Her mother’s words, an effort to dissuade her from her love of scuba diving, gripped her mind as she searched for the missing plane in the depths.

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