First Line Friday (week 262): The Christy Award 2021 winners

Posted October 28, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 The Christy Award, Christian, First Line Fridays / 16 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! Without further ado… it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first lines of all The Christy Award 2021 Winners! I love so many things about the Christy Award winners gala, but one of my favorites is that they announce the winner of each category by reading the first line of the winning book… which makes First Line Friday the perfect way to announce them here too!

learn more about each book by clicking the winner graphic


Like Papa Bear in the Goldilocks story, Sam Turner had discovered a strange woman sleeping in the bed of a house he owned.



(The Edge of Belonging) also won BOOK OF THE YEAR!)

People considered him 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 most beautiful things are those that survive a storm and find their glory in the restoration.





My future is waiting, a spark in the distance burning steadily brighter as the train approaches the city.




Lilian Blackwell held her breath and inched along the wall, praying with every footfall that Mama wouldn’t look up.




I couldn’t breathe.





Even the sky wept at the sight of him.





Across a sweep of waves, the new world called to me.




Some girls want to change the world.




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16 responses to “First Line Friday (week 262): The Christy Award 2021 winners

  1. Debra J Pruss

    Elizabeth Goddard’s new book, Deadly Target- “For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget that evil existed.”

  2. Gloria A

    I loved The Edge of Belonging!
    Puget Sound
    For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget that evil existed.
    Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard

  3. Jan

    All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese – “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.”

  4. Kay Garrett

    Puget Sound
    For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget that evil existed.
    DEADLY TARGET by Elizabeth Goddard

  5. Jocelyn

    Come on! It was almost midnight, and the light in Cora Chamberlain’s bedroom blazed like a neon sign.
    Crosshairs by Patricia Bradley

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    I have read four of those and just loved them! And two more are on my TBR.
    My first line comes from Lost in Darkness by Michelle Griep.
    London, 1815
    There was something glorious about the first day of June.

  7. Kendra Muonio

    A safe place for Christmas by Lisa Carter the first line is “Shayla you don’t owe me anything”

  8. Caryl Kane

    Button eyed the compound’s exit and forced herself to trudge behind her parents as the pain intensified in her belly. One Little Lie – Colleen Coble

  9. Megan

    Congratulations to all the winners! I’m so happy Roseanna M. White won, along with Joy To The World novella. Well deserved indeed!

  10. Alison Boss

    Congratulations to all the Christy Award Winners! So many good books! I am really looking forward to reading A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White, and Joy to the World!!

    My FLF is: “Alyssa Roth pulled the hood of her sweatshirt up to cover her newly cropped blond hair as she cautiously approached her town house.” ~ Identity Crisis by Laura Scott

  11. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Congratulations to all the winners.
    “For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget that evil existed.”
    Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard

  12. Haley Resseguie

    Congratulations to all the winners! I have read five of the winning books and they are well worth the read and the awards!

    My first line is from Courtney Walsh’s newest Christmas novel A Cross-Country Christmas:
    “Spending a few days alone in a car with Will Sinclair was just about the worst way to kick off a holiday.”

  13. John Smith

    “Relative Silence” sounds like a pretty neat thriller/murder mystery! I like the neat private-island setting!

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