First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Bookshop by the Sea

Posted April 30, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Denise Hunter, First Line Fridays, giveaway, romance / 17 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 Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

“Eleven months had not been long enough to prepare Sophie Lawson for the sight of him.”


Sophie Lawson should be enjoying her sister’s wedding day. But nothing could have prepared her to see the best man again.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance.

When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?

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17 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Bookshop by the Sea

  1. Gloria A

    I really enjoyed Bookshop by the Sea. My first line is from A Distant Shore by Karen Kingsbury.
    The long ago moment danced and breathed and lived inside her.

  2. Kay Garrett

    As a child, Skylar Mackenzie’s imagination always got her in trouble. Now it was making her a fortune.
    IMAGINE SUMMER by Shelley Noble

  3. I always have to run get my Kindle and find the book I’m reading for these posts! A real book on hand is much easier! 🙂 I’m reading Grace in a Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon. The first line: “You have cancer.”

  4. Winnie Thomas

    Bookshop by the Sea was a wonderful book. I can always count on a great story from Denise Hunter.

    “There were two types of men who walked through the door of Diana Barton’s office on Rochester Street–legitimate men of business and those who utterly wasted her time. Mr. Broadcreek was one of the latter and the worst of the lot.” First line of A Proper Scoundrel by Esther Hatch. I’m sooooo looking forward to reading this!

  5. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Pinky Promise” by Valerie Comer:

    “Hi, Mommy!” Elena ran across the schoolyard, her long curls streaming behind her. “I met my twin sister today.”

  6. I loved Bookshop by the Sea! My first line is, “It was a long way home.” It is from “At Lighthouse Point” by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

  7. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Alaskan Rescue by Terri Reed. “Ariel, hurry up.” “Coming. Are we sure we should be doing this?” Ariel Potter glanced behind her. Nothing but trees and thick underbrush covered in layers of April snow.

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Seeking Sanctuary by Susanne Dietze:
    For the first time since she learned to read as a seven-year-old, Paige Faraday entered a bookstore with no intention of buying anything.

  9. Linda Kish

    “Physical Therapy, this is Elaine.” Elaine balanced the handset between her ear and shoulder, scratching notes onto the scrap piece of office paper she held against the wall.
    A Guarded Heart by Laura Laanga

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