First Line Friday (week 368): The Christy Award 2023 winners

Posted November 17, 2023 by meezcarrie in 2023 The Christy Award, Christian, contemporary, fantasy, First Line Fridays, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, women's fiction, YA / 23 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, it is my absolute joy to share with you the first lines of all The Christy Award 2023 Winners! I love so many things about The Christy Award program, but one of my favorites is that they announce the winner of each category by reading the first line of the winning book… which makes First Line Friday the perfect way to announce them here too!

learn more about each book by clicking the cover

contemporary romance

To Win A Prince by Toni Shiloh

and the first line is…

“Your Majesty, do you have a recommendation on the sentencing of Prince Ekon Diallo of the Etikun tribe?”

first novel (tie)

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold

and the first line is…

Clara Kip had prayed repeatedly to die in São Paulo.


The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon by Linda MacKillop

and the first line is…

On the morning of Eva Gordon’s escape, the sun sat crisply in the New England spring sky like a promising sign.

general fiction

Where the Blue Sky Begins by Katie Powner

and the first line is…

Eric Larson had never seen such a sorry excuse for a town.

historical (and Book of the year!!)

Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt

and the first line is…

The sun shone the day I married Ryszard Lewandowski.

historical romance

The Rose and The Thistle by Laura Frantz

and the first line is…

Struck by sunlight, the sprawling château was a blinding, rose-hued white.


Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard

and the first line is…

I never should have come.

short form

A Return to Hawthorne House by Kristi Ann Hunter

and the first line is…

“A lady never refuses a dance unless she wishes to cause a great scandal or make a definitive statement, Mother.”


Dream of Kings by Sharon Hinck

and the first line is…

“My dreams had whispered to me all my life, but lately they were shouting – shouting something urgent that I couldn’t discern.”

young adult

This Dreamer by Sara Watterson

and the first line is…

What a strange feeling, being miraculously knit together, unwoven, and then made whole again.

amplify award

The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson

and the first line is…

“Pa promised he wouldn’t sail in shipwreck season anymore.”

congratulations to all the winners!!

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23 responses to “First Line Friday (week 368): The Christy Award 2023 winners

  1. Gloria A

    Congrats to the winners. I read The Rose and the Thistle and The Cold Light of Day and thoroughly enjoyed both.
    Hattie Schrock loved weddings.
    When Hattie Finds Love by Amy Lillard

  2. Martha T Robinson

    Congratulations to all the winners! I have read 10 of the novels on the finalists list, which included 3 winners! Great reading all the way around!
    Here’s the first line of the novel I’m reading:
    “Prologue.” “Never open a locked door unless you’re certain death doesn’t lurk behind it.”
    Italian Ballerina, Kristy Cambron

  3. Lesley

    I’m reading the first book from the “Amish Hawaiian Adventures” (2 novels in 1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunsetetter. It’s called “The Hawaiian Quilt”. It’s my first attempt at reading an Amish book! The first line is “Mandy Frey gazed at the travel brochures lying on the kitchen table.”

  4. Love this & you, Carrie💛 The Christy Award makes it extra classy by announcing the winner by first lines. Hearing the words you wrote spoken back to you is absolutely magical ✨ Thank you.

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