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First Line Friday: Magnolia Storms

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Hi, reader friends! I hope y’all had a great week!

We’re just going to jump right in today because I spent a few hours hopping around the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt (don’t miss out, it’s seriously FABULOUS and this weekend only) when I SHOULD have been working on my intimidating list of reviews that need to be written!

My swoof is in overdrive, send cookies and apple cider (and maybe someone to feed my family).

Magnolia Storms by Janet Ferguson

Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson  goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook


Fear and loss snaked around Magnolia Marovich’s heart like they always did when she studied the satellite images on the three computer screens in front of her.


Y’all know I adore Janet W. Ferguson‘s Southern Hearts series and I’m definitely looking forward to reading this new series as well!

Can you guess Magnolia’s occupation from the first line?
Try to guess before you read the blurb… did you guess correctly?


Southern Hearts Series

Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson Blown Together by Janet Ferguson
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48 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Magnolia Storms”

  1. I’d be cheating if I guessed, since I already know!

    I’m featuring the first line from The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller on my blog this week, but right now I’m almost finished a gripping read by Candace Calvert, Disaster Status, so I’m going to give you the first line of that:

    “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.”

    Gotta get back to it! Have a great weekend 🙂


  2. Magnolia Storms is such a good book!! Happy Friday! My first line is from Love Unawares, a historical fiction book by Michelynn Christy:

    Prairie, Texas 1895
    “Well, Jed. Are you ready to meet your new wife tomorrow?”


  3. Oh, I’ve been hearing so many fabulous things about Magnolia Storms! 🙂

    I’m sharing about Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but here I’m going to share the first line from The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon.

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

    Chapter 1
    This was not how I’d thought I would die.

    Happy Friday!


  4. The honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs. Above her, heavy clouds menaced the moon, revealing then concealing the scene below.
    From The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller.

    Only half done with this one but it is turning out to be just as good as the other two in the series!

    I have Magnolia on my iPad but need to get to it!


  5. HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m looking forward to reading Magnolia Storms. 🙂

    Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin


      1. I just had déjà vu here! ???????????? I thought WordPress was being glitchy and not showing my comment but instead, I said the same thing here and on Hoarding Books, LOL!


  6. I would say Air Traffic Controller…but, that is a total guess because I have never heard of this author before. I will definitely have to check her out!

    I am showcasing Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz this week, so I will post the first line from the book I plan to read after I finish Embracing Hope.

    “This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room. Dozens of little awestruck faces crowded the large studio as I took position to practice my Sugar Plum Fairy solo.”

    So, a little more than one line, but I really like the image this creates of cute little ballerinas excited to see a performance. This comes from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal.


  7. Happy Friday! I haven’t read that one. I’m featuring A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano on my blog, but here I will share the first line from a novel I recently published called Reluctant To Wed. “Sitting in her grandfather’s traveling coach, Emma suddenly felt the impact of her decision.”


  8. This looks like a book I can associate with. I lived most of my life in Louisiana and am now in Mississippi, so hurricanes are a real thing.

    My first line comes from “Suit and Suitability,” a vintage Jane Austen retelling by Kelsey Bryant.

    The voice of the jury foreman was deep and emotionless, so uncannily like her father’s that Ellen Dashiell could almost believe Dad was convicting himself.


  9. I also already know Magnolia’s occupation, because I’ve read the book. It was excellent!

    I’m sharing from The Dishonourable Miss DeLancy over on my blog, but I’m currently reading The Captive Brides collection. I’ve just started Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson. Here’s the first line:

    Matilda Brampton took one more look at the walls of the Parramatta Female Factory and vowed it would be her last.


  10. Yes, I guessed correctly! Ooh, Magnolia Storms sounds like an intriguing book. I have not read anything by Janet W. Ferguson, yet.

    My first line is from the first story in The Beloved Christmas Quilt: 3 Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter.

    1st story: Luella’s Promise…….

    …Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania…
    “Luella Ebersol had never been lazy, but this morning it was all she could do to push the covers aside and pull herself out of bed.”

    Blessings, Tina


  11. On my page I shared the first line from Heather Day Gilbert’s “God’s Daughter” a suburb story rich in viking history. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.

    I’ll share here an old favorite of mine “Heidi”
    From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the food of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below.


  12. I guessed her career correctly!!!! I’ve seen this cover a lot lately — I need to catch up on the reviews of it!

    Here’s the first line of the book I’m currently reading: (Well, it’s from chapter 1, not the prologue, because it’s kinda spoiler-y) “Declan Gray started his day as he did every other.” -Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey


  13. Cider and cookies on their way (not really) 😉

    My current first line is from Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray: “There was almost nothing there. Almost.”


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