First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Unpacking Christmas

Posted January 13, 2022 by meezcarrie in Beth K. Vogt, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway / 13 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 Unpacking Christmas by Beth K. Vogt, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first lines are…

Thanksgiving Day. Tradition demanded the day’s focus was on being grateful.


As Johanna, Jillian, and Payton look forward to celebrating the Christmas holidays with their families, they’re not prepared for an announcement that changes everything they’ve grown to love and cherish.

Their parents are selling their long-time family home. One change seems to lead to another, with Payton and Zach announcing their own decision to move, while Jillian and Geoff tackle the challenge of starting a family. The only ones maintaining the status quo are Johanna and Beckett—but romantic limbo is no place to be. Then their dad’s sudden health crisis spins life further out of control.

Instead of putting up holiday lights and decorating the family Christmas tree, the Thatcher sisters are helping pack up their childhood home. Along the way, they share treasured memories, try to hold onto valued traditions, discovering the struggles they’ve endured pale in comparison to the love they share with each other.

This Christmas, Johanna, Jillian, and Payton will laugh and cry together as they realize the true magic of Christmas isn’t found in gifts or decorations, but in the love of family.

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13 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Unpacking Christmas

  1. Debra J Pruss

    Drawn to You by Jadelynn Asher, “Daniel squinted against the brightness of the morning sun as he sat next to his young son, Joey, in the middle of the woodchips at the edge of the playground.

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I read Unpacking Christmas and LOVED revisiting the Thatcher family! It’s a great book to read at any time of year.

  3. Jeanne Bishop

    “With his back to the coastal wind, Henri Lennox settled his arms around Esmee Shaw, guiding her soft, pale hands with his tanned, callused fingers as they let the long silken line out.” from Laura Frantz’s “A Heart Adrift”.

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Breakup Project by Carolyn Miller. I’ll share from there:
    “Somehow, the sight of Breanna Karlsson looking as stunned as Mike felt made the torture of coming here almost worthwhile.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

  5. Gloria A

    Kent, England
    It was entirely possible that I spent more time lying on the floor of Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital than standing upon it.
    Twilight at Moorington Cross by Abigail Wilson

  6. Teri DiVincenzo

    This looks so good! Here’s mine:

    The night burned red with the flames of revolution.
    ~The Ice Swan by J’nell Ciesielski

  7. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Twilight at Moorington Cross by Abigail Wilson
    1819 Kent, England
    It was entirely possible that I spent more time lying on the floor of Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital than standing upon it.

  8. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Magdalena Beachy strolled to the dessert table and squinted against the hot sun.
    Magdalena’s Choice by Molly Jebber

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