First Line Friday (week 354): Positively, Penelope

Posted August 10, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, Pepper Basham, romance / 6 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 Positively Penelope by Pepper Basham! I love Pepper’s books – and this series – so much! AND I’m super excited because Pepper is one of the keynote at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous reader event in November (more details below)!

Positively, Penelope by Pepper Basham

and the first line is…

Dear Reader, I’ve always lived by the adage that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”.

The world could do with a little more kindness and positivity and random acts of singing, don’t you think?

Dear Reader, My name is Penelope, and while I may not be a real-life princess, I’ve been told I possess a certain fairy-tale heroine quality. I wield optimism as my weapon of choice, don amazing shoes and vintage hats whenever possible, and speak in musical references. All of which perfectly qualifies me to succeed in my new role as a marketing intern at the historic Darling House theater on the island of Skymar.

Only . . . it seems this internship position is going to be a LOT bigger than I thought. The Gray family, who owns the theater, has been stuck in a rut of darkness ever since the loss of their matriarchs. Now all that’s left is a dying theater, a reclusive grandfather, three siblings, and an adorable seven-year-old girl who desperately needs some pixie-dust magic.

So that’s what this story is about. My plans to save the theater! (Plans that, somehow, keep being stolen by a local competitor.) And an anonymous online theater troupe. And two single brothers who may be vying for this American girl’s heart . . . until they’re not (or maybe they just want me for my ideas too). And a dream job offer that will require me to make a truly heart-wrenching decision. I may not excel at finishing stories, but I promise to see this one through to its happily ever after.


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6 responses to “First Line Friday (week 354): Positively, Penelope

  1. Gloria A

    I really enjoyed Positively, Penelope, especially all the Mary Poppins quotes. I am reading Pixels and Paints by Kristi Ann Hunter. The first line is: A bag of peanut butter M&Ms is not worth the agony I will ensure over the next hour as the visions before me burn through the backs of my eyes and imprint themselves in my brain.

  2. Christy

    “Sis, I’m in trouble. I need your help.” Fugitive in Hiding by Jenna Night. I recommend it!

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