First Line Friday (week 332): River of Mercy

Posted March 9, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, Paula Scott / 14 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 River of Mercy by Paula Scott! Paula’s books are always so powerfully redemptive and full of grace, and I’m eager to read this one soon!

and the first line of chapter one is…

I cannot look at the river without seeing my mother’s face.


Small-town secrets are hard to keep . . .

When she returns to her hometown, Maggie O’Leary’s secrets are right where she left them. There’s a car in the river with a body inside. An old flame wants her back. And her son, Lane, wishes he could make it all go away.

Lane joins the high school football team as an escape only to discover the head coach, Matthew Shear, a decorated Afghanistan war veteran, could be his uncle. And the life they left unraveling back in San Francisco was his mother’s attempt to conceal his real father’s identity.

Maggie’s reappearance with his brother Jude’s son has Matthew weighing his options. How can he establish himself as part of Lane’s life when Maggie won’t forgive him for what happened nearly twenty years ago?

Lane thinks he’s above all this small-town drama, but he’s about to be brought down to their level, where people look each other in the eye, secrets explode into truth, and love is worth the fight.

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14 responses to “First Line Friday (week 332): River of Mercy

  1. Love the cover of this book!

    My first lines for the week:

    Prologue: “Once upon the dawn of time, there was water.”
    Chapter 1: “I only ventured out at night, and all the better if it rained.”

    All the Lost Places, by Amanda Dykes

  2. Kay Garrett

    Macey was back where she started.
    But this time, instead of standing on Cole Crawford’s porch with tears streaking her makeup while blasting him for the humiliation he caused her, she was offering her help.
    RESCUING HER RANCH by Lisa Jordan

  3. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green. It’s really good!
    “In some ways, Ivy and Elsa were two peas in a pod.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Lydie Beauchamp stalked down the dusty streets of Prune Creek, her skirt swishing against her ankles. Love’s New Beginning by Penny Zeller

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