First Line Friday (week 314): Authentically, Izzy

Posted November 3, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway, romance / 12 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 Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham! This book is SO FUN, y’all. I can’t wait for you to read it!

and the first line is…

Dear Reader, This is a cautionary tale.


Dear Reader, My name is Isabelle Louisa Edgewood—Izzy, for short. I live by blue-tinted mountains, where I find contentment in fresh air and books. Oh, and coffee and tea, of course. And occasionally in being accosted by the love of my family. (You’ll understand my verb choice in the phrase later.) I dream of opening my own bookstore, but my life, particularly my romantic history, has not been the stuff of fairy tales. Which is probably why my pregnant, misled, matchmaking cousin—who, really, is more like my sister—signed me up for an online dating community.

The trouble is . . . it worked. I’ve met my book-quoting Mr. Right, and our correspondence has been almost too good to be true. But Brodie lives across an ocean. And just the other day, a perfectly nice author and professor named Eli came into the library where I work and asked me out for a coffee. I feel a rom-com movie with a foreboding disaster nipping at my heels.

But I’ve played it safe for a long time. Maybe it’s time for me to be as brave as my favorite literary heroines. Maybe it’s time to take the adventures from the page to real life. Wish me luck.



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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 314): Authentically, Izzy

  1. Gloria A

    This book is on my wish list. I am reading Even Forever by Robin Lee Hatcher.
    Boulder Creek, Idaho Territory
    May 1890
    “Your pa’s coming home.” The soup ladle dropped from Rosalie Tomkin’s hand into the kettle, splashing an ugly stain onto her apron.

  2. Emily K. B.

    “We didn’t always live on Mango Street.” From Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street”.

    I’ve read it before and love it, and my daughter is currently reading it, so it was the closest book to me. 🙂

  3. Jeanne Bishop

    “If you lean out any farther, you’ll end up in the drink.” Such an enjoyable book, “The Debutante’s Code.” Pepper Basham’s books are some of my favorites.

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    Loved Authentically Izzy! So funny and sweet.

    My first line is from an author that has become a favorite of mine: C.C. Warrens.
    Cross the Line, A Holly Novel :
    Flush against the wall, I peered around the corner and up the staircase at the hallway.

  5. I loved Authentically, Izzy SO much!!!

    I’m currently finishing up The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano. It’s good!
    “They put me in with the long-stay patients for bath night, on account of the cooking oil encounter.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. I’ve never read any of Pepper Basham’s books. I need to, though. They all sound so good!

    My first line is from The Killing God by Stephen R. Donaldson: “Somewhere between life and death, or perhaps between wakefulness and slumber, Elgart floated.”

  7. Patty Krafy

    One that I never tire of…..
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice
    I love learning about new authors!

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