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First Line Friday #43: Secrets of the Heart

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First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends! I don’t know about you but I am down right giddy over all the fabulous giveaways we’ve had this month!!! Check the sidebar on the right (below the comments on mobile) for current giveaways and follow this Book Giveaway board on Pinterest for more!

It’s time again to peek at a first line and chat books in the comments!!! We have a special treat today… Thanks to the generosity of the author, we have a giveaway and the first few lines of the meet cute (scene when the future romantic couple meets for the first time)!

As always, you can find my blogger buddies at the bottom of the post and I encourage you to go check out their featured books after you say hi and drop off your first line here!

Secrets of the Heart by Lee Tobin McClain

 Secrets of the Heart by Lee Tobin McClain
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Javier blinked and refocused his eyes. Yes, Molly Abbot stood in the doorway of his restaurant, framed by the golden light of a late-August day.

His heart stopped, stuttered, and then settled into pounding, hard and fast.

She was even more beautiful than she’d been in high school. Big eyes, cornsilk blonde hair full around her shoulders. She was still a tiny little thing, dressed professionally now, but with the big, dangly earrings she’d always favored.

Yes, it was the same Molly he’d loved. The same Molly who’d betrayed him.


Lee Tobin McClain put together a fantastic giveaway for y’all!!! Enter to win a
Enter to win a Secrets of the Heart ebook AND a $10 Amazon gift card so you can pick up the other current Arcadia Valley Romance titles, too!

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Arcadia Valley Romance

 Summer's Glory by Mary Jane Hathaway 
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So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

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

Reading is My Superpower | Bookworm Mama | Singing Librarian Books | Radiant Light | Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | All the Book Blog Names are Taken | Robin’s Nest | Fiction Aficionado | Bibliophile Reviews | Kathleen Denly | Lauraine’s Notes | With a Joyful Noise | A Baker’s Perspective

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

36 thoughts on “First Line Friday #43: Secrets of the Heart”

  1. She took the job at the railroad ticket office quite by accident when her father, Sheriff Floyd Voyant, was summoned to the station to arrest the ticket agent who had shown up drunk to work.

    Stealing Home by Allison Pittman


  2. Good morning. My first line is from, Wildfire at Midnight,” by Mary Stewart.

    “In the first place, I suppose, it was my parent’s fault for giving me a silly name like Gianetta.”

    Happy Reading! 🙂


  3. Mom, my cousin Jackie, and I were practically elbow to elbow in the kitchen of my little house.
    Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson


  4. “The dream came on a Sunday night, after an afternoon of golf and an evening of watching politicians debate on cable.”

    Miracles by Terri Blackstock


  5. Happy Friday! My first line is: “For a moment she couldn’t breathe, and then the barest whisper passed her lips – half spontaneous praise half simple awe. ‘Oh my… I’ve found Paradise!’ ” From Spring Raine by Delia Latham



    Honor the Lord you heavenly beings: honor the Lord for his glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:1-2

    I HAVE FLOWN A LOT OF MILES in the past twenty years, so not surprisingly, I take many things about the experience for granted. From Worship Changes Everything by Darlene Zschech


  7. “Maisie Dobbs left her garden flat in Holland Park, taking care to lock the door to her private entrance as she departed.” from IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear.


  8. “The commotion outside his office ought to have served as something of a warning, but Jason Jonquil, barrister and proud perfectionist, had done nothing but glance up from his ruler-straight stack of papers when the first noises had drifted through his closed door.” From A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden


  9. My first line is actually a first phrase as it’s from a poetry book. 😉

    “Good morning, Lord, it’s time to rise.
    The sun is shining bright.
    I’ve got my day ahead of me.
    Please help me do what’s right.”
    (“Princess Prayers” by Crystal Bowman)


  10. “Charlie Soule glanced up from her paperback and squinted into the bright August sunlight.”

    from ONLY THROUGH LOVE Mary Jane Hathaway


  11. “At precisely twelve minutes and thirty-five seconds past 10 o’clock in the morning, Pacific Daylight Time, steal Morgan-Adam’s world ceased to exist.” ~ Heart Echoes by Sally John


  12. I love that beginning to the meet cute. I’ll be reviewing The Patriot & The Loyalist by Angela K. Couch, this Monday on my blog, so I’ll share the first line from that book:

    South Carolina, November 1780
    Daniel Reid slowed his horse and sucked air into his lungs as he reined to the road’s grassy edge.


  13. She punched the blender’s Off button hard enough to rock the unit. From A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti.

    I’m only on page 41 and already hooked!


  14. I am reading The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson (ARC from NetGalley) “Where do you think you are going looking like a beggar?”


  15. “I have a white ceramic pitcher full of flowers that sits in my kitchen window.” From Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson


  16. “I have never served as a soldier, yet I have the strange sense that most of my life I have stared down the blade of a sword, the face of my adversary haunting me.” Bread of Angels (Prologue) Tessa Afshar


  17. “Brooklyn Myers sat on the narrow stretch of lawn beside the brick apartment building, watching her ten-year-old daughter.” ~You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher


  18. From “The New Girl” by Jenn Caulk
    Beth say on the porch, alternately swatting mosquitos and wiping away tears…


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