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First Line Friday #64: Cookies & Candlelight

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Faithfully Bookish

Happy Friday, reader friends! Y’all know the phrase “herding cats”… I’m having one of those weeks.

I rely a lot on momentum when I’m working on a project or reading a book or setting up blog posts. This is a nice way of saying, “I binge.”

I binge clean. I binge read. I binge blog.
I try to avoid binge eating! Yikes!

I assume I’m just wired this way because switching gears and completing tasks in little spurts just doesn’t work for me and I have a hard time multitasking…
unless the number of household chores I’ve managed to master while reading (or listening to audiobooks) counts.

Anyway, this turned out to be a binge reading week which means that I lost track of blogging time and whipped this post together just a few hours before it went live while a whole list of things I need to get finished by tomorrow are running through my head.

Herding cats.

Yet today was a success in other areas… I have a (mostly) clean house, I fed my family, taught my children, even gave the dog a bath (although I just realized I forgot to get her flea stuff applied… mental note!)…
so perhaps the more appropriate phrase would be “juggling hats!”

After you say hi and drop off your first line in the comments, hop around to the other First Line Friday ladies for more great book recommendations!

Cookies & Candlelight by Elizabeth Maddrey

Cookies & Candlelight by Elizabeth Maddreygoodreads | amazon


Oh, thank goodness. I wasn’t sure you’d actually get here in time. Bring them this way.


YAY! I can’t wait to get back to all my fictional friends in Arcadia Valley… especially the Baxter brothers!!! I am a few books behind thanks to my crazy summer but I’ll do my best to get everyone featured one way or another!


Arcadia Valley Romance

 Summer's Glory by Mary Jane Hathaway 
goodreads | amazon
spotlight book 1 | author book 2 | review book 3
review book 4 | review book 5
Arcadia Valley Romance website


Faithfully Bookish

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
Joy of Reading
C Jane Read
Moments Dipped in Ink
Cafinated Reads
Romances of the Cross
It’s Storytime with Van Daniker
Iola Goulton
The Christian Fiction Girl
Book Reviews by Tima
A Brighter Destiny
Sprinkles and Pink


10 thoughts on “First Line Friday #64: Cookies & Candlelight”

  1. Whew! That’s a lot of books to keep up with!

    I’ve got the first line from Janet Ferguson’s new release, Magnolia Storms, on my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from my current read: Many Sparrows, by Lori Benton (Oh. My. Word! ❤️ )

    “Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now.”

    It feels wrong, somehow, to follow that up with ‘have a good weekend’, but I hope you do! ????


  2. Cookies & Candlelight is definitely on my list to read!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from A Christmas to Remember by Linda Brooks Davis:

    1908 4 days until Christmas
    “The line of delicate stitches blurred to a crimson smudge.”


  3. So many books to keep up with! Those covers are super adorable! I also love the title, “Cookies and Candlelight.”

    I’m sharing about “The League and the Lantern” by Brian Wells over at my blog today, but the closest book to me (which is on my Kindle at the moment) is “All of You” by Sarah Monzon.

    Present Day, 100 Miles off the Coast of Virginia

    Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of his green flight suit and started at the mass on the opposite rack.

    Happy Weekend!


  4. She was so young and lively. in her latte twenties. but she was dying of cervical cancer, which had spread to many parts of her body.
    More Glimpses of Heaven
    by Trudy Harris, RN


  5. A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer :
    October 15, 1940
    Will Fleming sprinted down the street. The soles of his black Oxfords pounded the cobblestones, yet his footfalls went unheard over the air raid siren’s howl.


  6. Good Friday afternoon Beth! Binge reading sounds wonderful, binge cleaning, not so much…although I have done that too. Wow, those Arcadia Valley Romance book covers are beautiful. I will have to check out the web site soon.

    My first line is from A Christmas Belle: Christmas Mail-Order Angels by Anne Greene….

    October 1877, Wyoming…
    “Was this what it took to find a husband?”

    Blessings, Tina


  7. This series sounds like so much fun, Beth Erin ~ I love how the characters in each book flow from one to another ~ It makes it seem more life-like and also gives you a chance to catch back up with beloved characters from the other books. I get a newsletter from one of the authors in this series ~ looking forward to trying Arcadia Valley someday! 🙂
    Have a blessed weekend!


  8. Right now, I’m reading Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray. It’s the final novel in the Lone Star Hero trilogy. The first line is:

    “There was almost nothing there. Almost.”


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