First Line Friday (week 386): To Speak His Name

Posted March 21, 2024 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, romance, Tara Johnson / 10 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 delighted to feature the first line of To Speak His Name by Tara Johnson. Isn’t that cover so eye-catching?!! I haven’t read many books set on Barbados (maybe one other that I can think of?), and I’m super intrigued by a historical fiction set there. It sounds like it’s a powerful story, too!

To Speak His Name by Tara Johnson

and the first line of To Speak His Name is…

They tell me I was sold on a Thursday but being only a wee one, I have no recollection.

Avalina is a woman trapped in silence. Stolen from her home in Ireland and sold as a slave to a Barbados plantation owner, the trauma of her past has left her mute, wrapped in a prison of loneliness and isolation amid an island of beauty. Though she longs to be free from the cruelty of her overseer, her heart yearns for a greater freedom…something just beyond her grasp.

Josiah Holland has been born into a South Carolina slave-holding family but all it takes is one trip to the island of Barbados to open his eyes to the ugly cruelty that abounds beyond the confines of his plantation. With the aid of fiery abolitionist Benjamin McGee, Josiah forges a new future, fighting the very ideals he was once a part of.

When Avalina and Josiah’s lives entwine, will their spark engulf them in destruction, or ignite a revolution?

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10 responses to “First Line Friday (week 386): To Speak His Name

  1. Debra Pruss

    Hunted in the Mountains by Addie Ellis, “There was always something about the darkness of the night that left Julia Fay feeling adrift.”

  2. Gloria A

    May 1883
    Philadelphia, PA
    Felicity Richmond pulled a derringer from her skirt pocket and peered around the door leading into the shipping warehouse.
    Counterfeit Truth by Crystal Caudill

  3. Kay Garrett

    Xavier Stone didn’t like to cry. He didn’t like the way it made his eyes sting or how his stomach twisted with every sob.
    FALLING FOR ALASKA by Belle Calhoune

  4. Prologue: Everyone has a story to tell.
    Chapter one: Monday has a very particular order: laughter to begin with; sadness toward the end of the day.
    The Keeper of Stories, by Sally Page

  5. Happy Saturday!
    This book looks amazing. I will definitely have to add it to my TBR pile.
    I’m currently reading One Wrong Move by Dani Pettrey. I’m almost done!
    “Harper and Deckard stood outside Randy Fox’s door.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤️📚

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