First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin

Posted November 18, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christmas, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, Lynn Austin / 17 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! 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 Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Christmas was coming.


From the bestselling author of If I Were You comes a nostalgic and endearing holiday story that reminds us that sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones we least expect and don’t deserve.

Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.

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17 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin

  1. Susan Fletcher

    Because my 97 year old father was manager of Sears for over 30 years and now my oldest brother owns and manages a Sears store, I’m interested in this book. My four brothers and I grew up with Sears catalogs being a staple in our household. Everything we wore and owned growing up came from Sears. Daddy even said he ordered us 5 kids from Sears. I would like to share this book with my Dad. He would love this story!

  2. Kay Garrett

    Appliances should never be allowed to break on a Monday morning.
    SEARCHING FOR HOME by Jill Weatherholt

  3. Gloria A

    I love the cover of this book. I reminds me also of old Sears Christmas Wish Books. This book is on my wish list to read. My first line is from Lenora Worth’s book, The Memory Quilt.
    “The wind hit her with a cold, uncaring slap, reminding her March could be a brutal month.”

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Tomorrow’s Constant Hope by Naomi Rawlings. So far, it’s pretty excellent!
    “‘The second largest…’ Keely’s voice trailed off.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Patty

    Happy FLF!

    My line is from A Night Divine by Dawn Kinzer
    “Friday nights were made for putting the weeks grind to rest, and Camryn Tate was eager to leave her schedule-driven day behind.”

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    “They don’t listen, Michael. Why won’t they listen?” Gabriel paced, a flurry of frustration beating the air surrounding them.
    From Christmas Through The Ages

  7. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line this week is from The Mobster’s Daughter by Rachel Scott McDaniel

    September 28, 1923. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Snapping wind yanked at the letter in myhand, and my fingers tightened, the crisp edge biting into my palm.

  8. Linda Leonard

    “The abbess’s body was still warm when Maroveus, Bishop of Poitiers, blew through the door of the Monastery of the Holy Cross and commenced his campaign to destroy us.” (From “The Rebel Nun” by Marj Charlier)

  9. Darlene Owen

    Madison James burned through the final sixty seconds of her workout the stationary bike, then released a slow breath.

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