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Sleigh Bells Ring: First Line Friday #18

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, bookish friends! I hope I don’t make any enemies with this post but I’m starting to make Thanksgiving & Christmas celebration plans!

Now before you come to the conclusion that I’m one of the crazy people who run to the stores as soon as the Christmas paraphernalia hits the shelves, let me assure you I am not.

Actually, I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to the fluff and fuss of holiday celebrations but this year we have the rare opportunity to host my sisters’ families for an evening meal in just a few weeks.

So, that’s why I am extra excited to share this Christmas novella collection featuring four sisters with y’all! I’ve included the first line from each novella bellow.

Sleigh Bells Ring

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Sleigh Bells Ring

All I Want for Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker

Joanna had intended to sleep in past seven, especially now that she had the option—an unusual occurance for a Thursday morning except for her recent state of unemployment

Her Old Kentucky Home by Lynette Sowell

Bella Tucker had forgotten the scent of her sister Jo-Jo’s favorite perfume, but that all came rushing back as soon as she found herself in a rib-crushing hug.

Please Come Home for Christmas by Lenora Worth

Sophie Tucker loosened her white-knucked grip on the steering wheel of her 1999 white Ranger pickup as she gradually slowed to pull into the ice- and snow-covered driveway.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Barbara J. Scott

“Order up!” Amy Tucker Brosseau folded the wrinkled piece of paper and put it back in the pocket of the old sweater she usually wore while working the early morning shift at the Garden District Dish Café.

Anyone else busy making holiday plans or looking forward to seeing extended family? Do you get excited when you find family dynamics similar to your own in a book?

So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

Then go see what these First Line Ladies are up to:

Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Andi @ Radiant Light

If you’d like to share the First Line Friday fun on your blog, let Carrie know!

27 thoughts on “Sleigh Bells Ring: First Line Friday #18”

  1. I have this novella collection on my list to read in November or December! So exciting!!

    My first line:

    Pecan Street & Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas
    February 1, 1882

    “My ability to recognize one’s true love, and I say this in all humility, surely must be a gift.”

    ~If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn
    In Austen in Austin Vol 1


  2. Across the narrow train aisle from Sarah, a matron examined her Friday newspaper, the bold print headline proclaiming ANOTHER BALLOONIST SUCCUMBS IN KALAMAZOO.
    -First line in the first novella of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection.
    Carrie Fancett Pagels’ “Requilted with Love”


  3. I have this collection along and will be reviewing it in November.
    My first line comes from Laura Frantz’s book The Mistress of Tall Acre
    On this day, 8 August, 1778, a child was safely delivered. . . .Nay, not safely. Anything but safely.


  4. August 1916

    My foot pressed the pedal on the floor, shifting the Packard Runabout into a higher gear. At Every Turn by Ann Mateer



  5. From Nowhere For Christmas by Heather Gray:
    “Some women were satisfied with one man in their life. There were even women who would say that was too many.”


  6. I haven’t been able to read a lot since I’ve been mainly focusing on prep and writing for Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) in November. So I’m going to share the first paragraph of an old favorite instead. (If I give you the first line only it won’t be much of a hook.”

    “I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t believe in witchcraft either, or Ouija boards, levitation, tarot cards, astrology, curses, crystals, second sight, vampires – not any of the whole mumbo jumbo of the ‘other side’. Of course I don’t. I’m intelligent, sane, sensible Evie Johnson. Girls like me don’t get mixed up in all that crazy paranormal trash.” – Immortal by Gillian Shields


  7. As a crafter I admit that I began my Christmas preparations a couple weeks ago. Because I make most of my decorations myself. I love LOVE crafting!
    “Baby steps.” – Leaving Oxford by Janet Ferguson


    1. You go, girl! I am not generally crafty, I’d rather be reading 🙂 Last year I made quilted stockings for our family, they turned out pretty good.
      I’m so excited about reading Janet’s series!!! And baby steps are the way to go, for sure.


  8. “Roasted chestnut latte? How can that be a bad thing” from Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti. Such a good Christmas story! I had an e-copy from being on her influencer team, and I just received the hardcover in the mail! It’s gorgeous. The book itself is red with silver writing on the spine and a gorgeous dust jacket–so Christmasy. It would make an awesome Christmas gift!


  9. The summer storm lit up the night sky in a jagged display of energy, lightning streaking and fragmenting between the towering thunderheads. Dee Henderson Danger in the Shadows


  10. as it turns out, a copy of my book, Cissy, is closest to me (waiting to be signed and mailed) and the first line is,

    “I hate you and I wish you was dead.”

    Cissy is the third book in my unsavory heritage series.


  11. “Cain Maddox stepped into the elevator, and then just as the doors were about to close he heard a woman call out. ” This is from Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, I have started my holiday reading!


  12. I didn’t realize over on the FB we were talking about our Christmas books – my book club read a Barbour collection last year – A Pioneer Christmas collection; this is the first line in its first novella (though not sure it’s really reflective of the book as a whole or even this one but here goes) –
    Papa would tan her hide if he knew she was out here again.
    Shannon McNear’s Defending Truth


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