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First Line Friday: A Time to Stand

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Hello, reader friends! I’m still in recovery mode after our big family vacation and blogger break!

My husband, four children, and I took the train from southern Illinois to eastern Washington state and that meant lots of time for family and READING!!! I gobbled up EIGHT books while we were jostled along the rails and I have a new respect for early railway passengers!

Keep your eyes open for some of those reviews here. I’ll be posting them just soon as I can sit down without falling asleep and as quickly as my swoof will allow!

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

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The cornstalks were waist high, poised for the explosion of growth that would bring them to head-high maturity under the smiling Georgia sun.


This pretty cover was waiting for me in my mailbox when we returned home and I’m so intrigued by this book! This is a new to me author so if y’all have read this author’s work, please let me know.

Keep an eye out, I will definitely be featuring this title over on Diversity Between the Pages as well.



Thanks to a generous Faithfully Bookish reader friend, we have a paperback copy of A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow to send to one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!

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68 thoughts on “First Line Friday: A Time to Stand”

  1. Wow. Eight books! AND all that way on a train. That’s what I call heaven. 🙂 (We’re a train-loving family!)

    I’m featuring the SECOND line from Crystal Walton’s ‘Just Maybe’ on my blog this week (Carrie has the first line on Reading is my Superpower). But here, I’m going to share the first line from my current read: a speculative novel called ‘Day Moon’ by Brett Armstrong. Here’s the first line:

    “The drizzle tapped on the coffin with an increasing intensity.”


    1. Well, the train certainly cemented our love of road trips 😉 I think we just need to invest in a travel trailer so we have our own beds and bathroom with us at all times!


  2. Wow, so jealous!! Eight books!!!! Good for you!! We used to live in Eastern Washington in Spokane Valley……so beautiful out there!

    Here is my first line from The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman

    If you’re the last person to leave Detroit, don’t forget to turn off the lights.

    Have a great weekend!!


  3. My five favorite must haves when packing are lots of books, my kindle in case I run out of books I can fall back on it for back up, small ice chest with my diet citrus green tea, sunscreen because even in the winter the sun seems to find me, comfortable walking shoes because we always go off the beaten path to explore, and a few individual packaged snacks that will fit in a pocket or purse for that fast pick me up. Those items along with hubby and furbaby and I’m ready to go any where – any time. 🙂


    1. I was all ebooks and audiobooks this time, we tried to travel as light as possible for a family of 6! I missed having our cooler full of food and my furbaby had to stay at grammy’s house.


  4. The first line on my blog this week is from Toni Shiloh’s latest book ‘Returning Home’. I’ll share with you here a book that I just started reading last night.

    June 1811
    A London lady never sallied forth unchaperoned. Least of all to a place with the reputation of Vauxhall Gardens. — First Comes Marriage by Amanda Barratt
    The Regency Brides Collection


  5. Wow! A train ride with 8 books! Sounds like a good time to me!

    This is my first line from Tracker by Lenora Worth, “I’m not leaving here without my son!”

    I would love to win a copy of Whitlow’s book. Thanks for the chance. ????


  6. Whoa! 8 books? That’s awesome!

    I’m featuring Lu. by Beth Troy on my blog today, but here I shall share the book I’m currently reading.

    “They rode in silence, the murmur of Alex’s expensive late-model white SUV lulling Astrid into drowsiness.”
    -Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

    Happy Weekend!


    1. It’s really amazing how many books you can read when you’re just sitting (and can’t sleep) 😀
      Great line! I never have a hard time sleeping in a vehicle (actually I’m plagued by the opposite problem!)


      1. I bet! Perfect time to enjoy reading. 🙂

        Haha, My parents used to take me for rides in the car when I was little to get me to go to sleep. I tend to still fall asleep during car rides, especially if it’s a long one. I slept the entire time while we were driving through Miami once. Haha.


  7. Happy Friday! I want to share the first line from the first chapter instead of from the prologue: (This is a REALLY fun book to read!)

    A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese:

    “I jiggled the locked doorknob again and wished, not for the first time, that it was legal to use tranquilizer darts on adolescent boys.”

    My 5 favorite must-haves for packing are: my kindle, a print book, my Bible, my phone, and (if we are not on a plane) a cup of coffee.


  8. First line: Maggie Newcomb stood on the front porch of her house gazing idly into the yard. From Sister’s choice by Judith Pella.

    The train trip sounds fantastic! I hope we can do that some day. Welcome back!


  9. Wow! Eight books! The book I’m featuring on my blog is Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan. However, the book I will share here is Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy. “The bullet spit dirt up in Gage Coulter’s eyes, and he didn’t even flinch.”


  10. Just finished The Captivating Lady Charlotte by guess who? Carolyn Miller! Number two in this Regency series!

    The room glimmered with a thousand points of sparkling light, the bright glow from the enormous crystals-dropped chandelier glinting off heavily beaded gowns, ornate mirrors, and the desperation shining in dozens of pairs of eyes.


  11. My five packing must haves for road trips: my pillow, my kindle, face care products, water bottle and phone! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip and good family time. So cool to finish EIGHT books! Thank you so much for the chance to win, I have been wanting to try a book by Robert Whitlow!


  12. Wow Beth, traveling on a train and books, great combination!

    My first line Friday is from the second story in Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport (1. Colors in Gold, 2. Colors in Blue)

    The second story: Colors in Blue…
    “The child never practiced.

    Blessings, Tina


  13. I need to read this one! It’s sitting in my stack of TBR books :).

    I shared the first line of April McGowan’s Hold the Light today.

    Here’s the first line of the book I just finished reading: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

    “How can I help?”


  14. Detective Jason Stephanidis steered his truck down the narrow, icy road, feeling better than anytime since being placed on administrative leave. – Secret Christmas Twins by Lee Tobin McClain

    So jealous that you finished 8 books! It’s Neena crazy month for our family and I’m struggling to finish 1 book a week…..


    1. Oh and five things for a trip…..a book, my phone with the Kindle app, phone charger, my Kindle, and Kindle charger….what else does a gal need? ????


  15. My husband and I travel all the time, esp. overseas. My 5 packing must haves are 1) my kindle as it has my books on it including my Bible 2) my meds! 3) a comfy pair of shoes 4) identification 5) and snacks. Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. I have almost all of his books and love them!


  16. OH.MY.GOODNESS! Eights books, a train with four kids. I am in AWE!

    Wednesday,September 2, 1987

    Mike Dolan was snoring when the telephone rang. Fly Away by Lynn Austin


  17. My five packing must haves are 1. Bible 2. curly hair products 3.Ibuprofen 4. lip balm and 5. a wonderful novel. 🙂 Robert Whitlow is a new-to-me author. This one sounds great!


  18. I read this book on my vacation in September. It was like I reading a current day event. Really well written.

    I am currently reading Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. The first line is: “You can’t call that a settlement offer.”


  19. Ahh how FUN to travel by train! That’s on my bucket list — a cross-country trip. Or even a trip across the Canadian Rockies by train! ❤

    You've already visited my FLF, so here's a different one:

    "Piccolo. The restaurant matched its name-a tiny and delicate white stucco building with a short, neat brick wall leading from its front door to the parking lot."-A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay. (I kinda reread it this week!)


  20. Pacing Wolf silently edged out from under the buffalo robes he shared with his sleeping woman and pulled a hunting shirt over his head. Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Betts.
    This book is so good, I’m reading it again.


  21. “He glanced around what had become a dumping ground by the river’s edge.” ~ Prologue of Still Life by Dani Pettrey

    Thank you,
    Stephanie C.


  22. That sounds like a fun train ride and lots of books. We have often spoke of taking a long train trip but so far it hasn’t happened. I don’t think I have ever read a Robert Whitlow book but I am always ready to read new to me authors.


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