First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Sustaining Faith

Posted June 18, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, Janette Oke, romance / 28 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 Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke & her daughter Laurel Oke Logan, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Lillian reached for the little wine-colored sweater and touched its pearl-shaped buttons.


So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she’d ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens–another painful disruption.

A white lie the sisters used to protect some orphans has resulted in an official complaint and a letter revoking the sisters’ permission to manage their little children’s home. And unexpectedly, Walter, the young man who has won Lillian’s heart, departs for a job in the oil industry without leaving any hope for their future, making her confused and lonely.

With more children on their way from England needing caring homes, Lillian and Grace must use every ounce of gumption to keep their mission alive. But when startling information about the past surfaces and a new arrival comes via suspicious circumstances, they’ll have to decide what is worth fighting for and what is better left in God’s hands.

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28 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Sustaining Faith

  1. I’m glad to hear Jeanette’s dtr. is writing with her! This is first line of Nick Petrie’s The Drifter: “There was a pit bull under the front porch and it didn’t want to come out.”

  2. Perrianne Askew

    Have you worked as a lady in attendance before?” A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham.

  3. Gloria A

    This is such a pretty cover. My first line is from This Time Around by Denise Hunter, Melissa Ferguson, and Kathleen Fuller. This is from A Summer Detour by Denise Hunter:
    Allie Adams shoved the last red rose into the gaping vase and eyed the massive arrangement of blood and thorns with a scowl.

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    Always love Jeanette Oke.

    This week I’m featuring The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer
    Llano, Texas. Spring 1894

    When Mark Wallace left Gringolet two days ago to deliver a prize gelding to a wealthy rancher west of Llano, he never dreamed he’d be called upon to deliver a baby too.

  5. Phyllis

    “Olivia Aberdeen bowed her head as she hurried to the waiting carriage.“

    To Whisper Her Name
    Belle Meade Plantation series Book 1
    By Tamera Alexander

  6. Faith Creech

    “Come on Jalapeño! Katie Converse jerked the dogs leash.” First line from Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl.

  7. Jcp

    Remember by Marion Ueckmann 1st in the Chapel Cove series.i bought them all when they were .99 each.

  8. Debra J Pruss

    Death Comes in Threes by Kimberley O’Malley-Sweat dotted her brow and upper lip.

  9. Debra J Pruss

    Sweat dotted her brow and upper lip. Death Comes in Threes by Kimberley O’Malley.

  10. I have not read anything by her in a long time. My first line is: “Another customer, the tenth this morning, approached the check-out counter.” It’s from Serena’s Song by Livia Verrell.

  11. When Mark Wallace left Gringolet two days ago to deliver a prize gelding to a wealthy rancher west of Llano, he never dreamed he’d be called upon to deliver a baby too.
    The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witmeyer

  12. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Roy Lester’s mansion was as ritzy a place as I’d ever seen. In A Far – Off Land by Stephanie Landsem

  13. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading #Moonstruck by Sarah Wilson so I’ll share a line from there:
    “Instead of letting myself sit there and wallow, I drove to the grocery store and loaded up on enough junk food to feed my entire family.”
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😀❤📚

  14. Connie Porter Saunders

    “Everybody thought Tansy Calhoun was heartbroken after Jeremy Simpson threw her over for Jolene Hoskins.” Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart. I love Ann’s books and I’m especially loving this story about Packhorse Librarians and their legendary service in Kentucky!

  15. Kay Garrett

    “Sustaining Faith” soudns like a wonderful story and I love the cover.

    I just started reading “Undercover Memories” by Lenora Worth. The first line is: Detective Ryder Palladin listened to the grit and static of the scanner and hit his fist against the steering wheel of the rusty, old undercover vehicle.

  16. Alison Boss

    What a Gorgeous cover!!!

    My FLF is…
    Stanton Wake, England March 2021
    Adela Jenks rummaged through a dusty crate, from time-to-time glancing across the room at her friends, Kellie Welles and Leanne Harcourt

    ~A Place in Time – A Time Travel Novel by Carole Lehr Johnson

  17. MJSH

    Between the Wild Branches by Connilyn Cossette: “My fist slammed into my opponent’s jaw, the collision so jarring that I felt the vibration of it all the way to my shoulder.”

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