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First Line Friday: Christy

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First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Howdy, reader friends and happy November to all y’all!

We have officially wrapped up our first month over at Hoarding Books and I’m itching to know what my readers think about the new setup.

Do y’all hop around to some of the other FLF posts? ALL of them? Is the system working for you?

Share your thoughts about the Hoarding Books blog and please feel free to ask any questions you might have!

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Christy by Catherine Marshall (50th Anniversary Edition)  goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook


On that November afternoon when I first saw Cutter Gap, the crumbling chimney of Alice Henderson’s cabin stood stark against the sky, blackened by the flames that had consumed the house.


Confession… I didn’t even have a book picked out for this week until just now. I noticed that I’ve had a few contemporary titles in a row so went to my shelf for a historical and WHAMO! This big beauty caught my eye!

Since this year’s gala and presentation of The Christy Awards is Wednesday and the first line happens to be set in the current month, it seems the stars have aligned and all is right and good in my little bookish world. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. 😉

The Christy Awards Gala will be streaming live
on Instagram via Litfuse Publicity Group

November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Central

Christy Nominee bingo
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23 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Christy”

  1. The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator— Jane. Eyre
    Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick


  2. I don’t get around to everyone, but I always get around at least to the ones who have posted by the time I go to bed on Friday. I don’t often have a lot of time to play First Line Friday by the time Saturday morning rolls around here. Too busy being Mum’s Taxi Service!

    I’m featuring the first line from Pepper Basham’s ‘Charming the Troublemaker’ on my blog, but I’m going to leave you with the first line of a book I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, ‘The Bachelor Missions’ by Jes Drew:

    “One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down–his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat.”


  3. A long, shrill tone screamed through the loud speaker, jarring Jamie Riehl from sleep.
    A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston


  4. Wow! It’s been years since I’ve read Christy. But it is such a great book.

    For my first line, I’m featuring Masquerade by Janette Rallison which I re-read this week.

    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”


  5. My first line is “Sometimes leading also means following. Sometimes being first means you actually arrive second.” Service Tales by Ace Collins


  6. A classic! I am fortunate to live close to where the awards are being held next week and get to go. So looking forward to it.

    The new FLF format is great for those of us who are new to the fun.

    Happy Friday! What an interesting read!

    The first line of the book I’m currently reading is:

    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray’s courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather’s stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch


  7. I do try to get around to everyone’s blog, most Friday’s. However, I may have missed one or two blogs that are added later in the day on Friday.

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book just released this week; “The Esther Paradigm”. I’m just over half-way through the book, and I’m loving the story. But you’ll have to go over there to read the first line for The Esther Paradigm. Here I’ll share with you the first line from an older favorite.

    Bedford, England — May 1659
    “The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute.” — The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund


  8. Happy Friday! It’s been a long time since I read that book!

    My first line is from Pepper Basham’s Charming the Troublemaker:

    “Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.”


  9. On my blog I’m sharing Christy nominee Ann Marie Stewart’s book Stars in The Grass. Here I’ll share a book I started last night, Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon. “You have cancer.”


  10. My first line is from Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels:

    “You’re too young to be hanging around with a bunch of old ladies. You need to be with girls your own age,” Daniel Greenwood explained to his eleven-year-old daughter, Holly.

    Have a great weekend!


  11. I try to visit everyone’s blogs if I’m able to on Fridays, but sometimes there’s always that one blog or two that I miss because they added it later that day. I love the new format though because I visibly see everyone’s linkups.

    I’m featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I’m currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I’ll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I’d be lying, and I’m a journalist, which means I don’t lie.

    Happy Friday!


  12. Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m showcasing A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze. So here I will share the first two lines from the novel next in line on my review pile, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan.

    “You can’t call that a settlement offer.” Kate Sullivan looked directly into the dark eyes of her opposing counsel, who represented a medical device company.


  13. Afternoon…Christy is a wonderful book. I like the new format and have posted on some of the other sites listed if I have time to.

    My first line is from
    Karen’s Gift by Jean Brunstetter (2nd novella in the book The Beloved Christmas Quilt)…
    …Lykens, Pennsylvania…”As Karen Allgyer rode home from church with her family, she gazed at the bundle of sweetness in her arms”…
    Blessings, Tina


  14. I remember watching this series on TV…it was so good! And I’m loving the new set-up with Hoarding Books! My biggest difficulty is remembering to add my link to the Hoarding Books page. 🙂 I do visit everyone’s pages, and I also check the links again on Saturday-just in case anyone else added their blog later on Friday. Happy Friday!


    1. I’m glad it’s working for you, Heather! I went ahead and followed Hoarding Books so I get an email when the post goes live (extra reminder!) I remember watching the series too!


  15. My first line is from Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris:

    Special Agent Garrett Addison snapped a photo of the freshly dug grave located inside the yellow roped-off crime scene.


  16. Writing styles have changed, but Christy is still such a great story.

    I’m sharing from Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter on my blog today, and I’m currently reading the Regency Brides collection. Here’s the first line to the second novella in the book, Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell:

    Whoever coined the phrase to “bite one’s tongue” was sorely mistaken in believing that silence inflicted mere physical harm.


  17. I try to get to them all when I can, but it’s usually not on Friday. Good thing we can comment all weekend long 🙂

    This book is on my to read list. I hear it’s good, so I’m looking forward to it!


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