First Line Friday (week 346): Through Thorny Ways

Posted June 15, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, 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 Through Thorny Ways by Jennifer Q. Hunt. I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I’m really intrigued by the cover, the dedication, and the fact that it’s set in 1920s Atlanta (where I live).

and the first line is…

Her brother Davis was finally coming home, but now she had to figure out a way to tell him his wife had gone mad.

With secrets dating back two generations, will Wisteria House unite or destroy an already-fractured family?

Shrouded in scandal and secrets, Arilee Rutledge’s family is as tangled as the thorns surrounding their unwelcoming antebellum mansion. When her brother Davis returns from the Great War, she hopes they will make a new start after a season of devastation. But Davis is haunted by their younger brother’s death and his wife’s committal to the state asylum; while he loses himself in his work, Arilee continues raising his children. Determined to control at least one area of their lives, the siblings hire a former acquaintance to restore their dilapidated home.

Thrown from a carefree boyhood into the horrors of trench warfare, Adam Harrison is broken yet matured by his experiences. He takes a job updating and repairing Wisteria House, not only to pay his way through medical school, but in hopes of winning the woman he has long admired. A startling discovery plunges them all into a series of events revealing dark mysteries and shaking their already-uncertain future.

Can the thorns of grief, pain, and regret ever be cleared from their troubled hearts?

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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 346): Through Thorny Ways

  1. Gloria A

    As the spiked volleyball whizzed to the ground on the other side of the net, Caroline Hartzler whooped.
    Her Pretend Amish Boyfriend by Rachel J Good

  2. Oooh, historical fiction! The South! Sounds like my kind of book!

    The tortured, high-pitched wail pierced the air surrounding the baronial turrets of Ayrton Castle.
    -Death in the Highlands, Fliss Chester

    Happy weekend!

  3. Kay Garrett

    Shoal Mountain, Kentucky 1872
    My eyes focused as best they could. “Stately!” I shouted. “Stately!” In our fifty-some years together, I hardly ever caught that man sittin still. Something was wrong.
    THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Cindy K. Sproles

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer.
    “The rain had not let up by Friday afternoon, keeping everyone indoors and canceling a garden party I had planned to attend.”
    Have a great weekend. Happy reading!!!

  5. Here’s the first line from Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith:
    “In the beginning, there was a question. ‘Will you do my elegy?’ “

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