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First Line Friday #59: The Samurai’s Heart

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The Samurai’s Heart by Walt Mussell

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Haibara, Japan – August 1587

“By order of the regent, Christianity has been banned from the nation.”


I first had the opportunity to read a portion of this story through the Kindle Scout program and I have been itching to fit it into my reading schedule ever since! As a historical fiction fanatic, there is something extra special about experiencing stories in new-to-me time periods and places!


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17 thoughts on “First Line Friday #59: The Samurai’s Heart”

  1. Christian fiction set in 1857 Japan? That’s definitely original!

    I’m sharing from Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry over on my blog – it’s a medical thriller set in Africa.

    I’m currently reading Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli:

    Death’s threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat.

    It’s a dual timeline story set in 1770’s and modern Boston.


  2. I got a copy of that through Kindle Scout too! Can’t wait to read it.

    I have the first line from Thomas Locke’s “Fault Lines” on my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from Candace Calvert’s “Disaster Status” from her Mercy Hospital Collection. The Kindle collection with all three books in the series is on sale this month for just $2.99, so I couldn’t resist!

    “Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms.”


  3. I am honored to be featured today! Thank you!

    The first line of the book nearest me is Myra Johnson’s “Every Tear A Memory,” Book 3 in her Till We Meet Again series.

    “Jack’s letter, still unopened, accused her from atop the dresser.”


  4. Life is forever changed without her; without the sense of her somewhere near.
    Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb


  5. This one sounds like a MUST read! Have a FABULOUS time at CFRR! Safe travels.

    Here is my first line:


    In the fourth grade we made little rockets out of old film canisters, baking soda, and vinegar.
    The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon


  6. I’ve never heard of this one. As a historical fiction fanatic myself, I must find myself a copy of this as well. The setting is certainly different. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m sharing about Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren over on my blog today, but I’m currently reading the sequel, Four Winds, so I’ll share that here. 🙂

    “Javier laughed and shook his head as we reached the top of the sand dune, Centinela loping in a wide circle around us. “I do not know if I can court a girl from the future and have a pet wolf,” he said in Spanish. “That is a lot to ask of one man.”


  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from The Spinster & the Cowboy by Lena Nelson Dooley:
    “When the sharp rap on his closed office door roused him, Joshua Dillinger raised his gaze from the legal document he had been studying with intense concentration.”


  8. Happy Friday! Here’s mine from Misty Beller’s The Lady and the Mountain Man “Are you going to poison her the way you killed your last wife?”


  9. Happy Friday. My first line is from Jody Hedlund’s “With You Always”: “Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.”


  10. Good afternoon Beth!
    Have a blessed time at CFRR! Safe travels.

    My first line is from Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery….

    “Ainsley’s stomach churned as she eased into the Whispering Hills Apartment parking lot.”

    Blessings, Tina


  11. Wow, so much about that book entices me! The cover, the first line, the sword!!

    After reading about ten fiction books in the summer, I’m taking a fiction break and reading non-fiction. 🙂 I’m currently reading “Arms and Equipment in the Civil War,” which is a super fascinating read that goes in depth with all of the weapons used, tactics used, etc.


  12. I know I’m breaking protocol but I’m still readin the same book! So this is the first line of another chapter.. just to whet your reading appetite:
    “Right… right here.” Peter came to a halt between two massive trees where the undergrowth provided a good screen for anyone hiding.
    A Name Unknown by Roseanna White.
    I need to find more time to read!


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