First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Weight of Memory

Posted July 23, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, fantasy, First Line Fridays, giveaway, mystery/suspense, Shawn Smucker / 12 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 Weight of Memory by Shawn Smucker, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Her words hover in the air, hummingbirds, and I hold my breath, glance up at the clock above the door, and watch the red second hand twitch its way through a minute.


You can read a longer excerpt HERE

When Paul Elias receives a terminal diagnosis, he leaves his physician’s office in a fog. Only one thing is clear to him: if he is going to die, he must find someone to watch over his granddaughter, Pearl, who has been in his charge since her drug-addicted father disappeared. Paul decides to take her back to Nysa–both the place where he grew up and the place where he lost his beloved wife under strange circumstances forty years earlier.

But when he picks up Pearl from school, the little girl already seems to know of his plans, claiming a woman told her.

In Nysa, Paul reconnects with an old friend but is not prepared for the onslaught of memory. And when Pearl starts vanishing at night and returning with increasingly bizarre tales, Paul begins to question her sanity, his own views on death, and the nature of reality itself.

In this suspenseful and introspective story from award-winning author Shawn Smucker, the past and the present mingle like opposing breezes, teasing out the truth about life, death, and sacrifice.

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12 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Weight of Memory

  1. Gloria A

    I’m supposed to be on an airplane, flying to Central America to teach children to speak English.
    Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L Gray

    • I am currently reading Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy 🙂 I am pretty sure I know whose story is being told in book 2 🙂 Happy Reading!

  2. Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently in the middle of the Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham. I LOVE it so much. So, here’s a line from the middle of the novel:
    “Frederick marched from his mother’s room with a hardened edge knotting his stomach.”
    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    “What do you think about this old schlidde?”
    The Walnut Creek Wish by Wanda Brunstetter

  4. Trixi

    “What do you think of this old schlidde?” Orley Troyer held the item up for his wife’s inspection. ” Should we make an offer on it, Lois?”

    First line from The Walnut Creek Wish by Wanda Brunstetter (releases August 2nd)

  5. Perrianne Askew

    People considered him to be homeless because he didn’t have an address of his own, but Harvey James would’ve been homeless even if he owned the turreted mansion off State Route 460. The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox. She comes out with a new novel on September 7th, The Secret Keepers of Old Grocery Depot. I can’t wait!!!!

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    Weight of Memory has been held up getting to my mailbox!! Hope it gets here next week!
    From the Prologue of Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes:
    October 24, 1921 Chalons-sur-Marne, France
    Ceremony for the choosing of the Unknown Soldier
    There are days you live over and over again for as long as you live. October twenty fourth of 1918, just days before the unending war ended, was one of mine.

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