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First Line Friday: With No Reservations

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Welcome to another First Line Friday, reader friends! We’re celebrating Thanksgiving weekend with a special foodie edition of FLF!

I hope all my fellow Americans enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends! If y’all decide to brave the retail crowds for bargains this weekend, please be safe and courteous!

With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson

With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson  goodreads | amazon
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A stick of Irish butter, cubed into tiny uniform squares. Half-cup portions of white sugar, brown sugar, glittering in the light. And the star of the show, a mixture of chocolate chips and crumbled homemade toffee that was good enough to eat with a spoon. All showcased in sherbert-colored ceramic pinch pots and bowls from the flea market.


Well, that’s obviously the first paragraph, not the first line but it’s a holiday weekend so I’m feeling generous! 😉

As you can see, my favorite food blogger meets restauranteur romance is the first book that popped into my mind for this foodie feature! This is Laurie’s debut novel and I’m itching to see what she releases next!


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13 thoughts on “First Line Friday: With No Reservations”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I need to read this one.

    I’m featuring the second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series on my blog this week–“Where Two Hearts Meet”–because the main character Caden is a cook. However I can’t resist sharing the first line of Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes novella here (Lygos), which just released this week:

    “Killing someone changed a person–irrevocably altered how they viewed life, each breath, and each day . . . or the next kill.”

    It. Is. Awesome! ????


  2. Tom Foster leaned toward me and extended the file. “You’re the one to do the initial interview on this. With your background in Lancaster County, I’m counting on you.” The case concerned an Old Order Amish family by the name of Stoltz and a contaminated well, possibly caused by fracking on their property.
    A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould


  3. Great first line! I need to read this!

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m sharing about One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg over at my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.

    “How can I help?”

    Happy Weekend!


  4. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    As the days grow shorter, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again. – Leslie Newman

    Dear Neil,

    I’ve started this e-mail sever times, and I know that doesn’t mean a lot because you’ve yet to receive a completed draft, but it’s true.- Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge


  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from A Match of Wits by Jen Turano:

    “Sometimes, no matter how independent and self-assured a young lady believes herself to be, certain situations demand a good dose of screaming.”


  6. Good morning Beth! Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! No shopping for me today in those stores!! Besides, I am all finished shopping, now just have to wrap the gifts.

    My first line (or I should say, the first 3 lines) is from the third story, Roseanna’s Groom (by Richelle Brunstetter), in The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter.

    Lykens, Pennsylvania….
    ”Roseanna Allgyer breathed deeply as she eyed the nearest tree outside the dining-room window. The autumn leaves glimmered in the evening sunlight, almost matching the blending colors in the sky. The sight calmed her nerves, for a little while at least.”

    Blessings, Tina


  7. GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! I’m sharing the first 2 lines of this same book on my blog! Ah, I’m reading it right now and really craving everything in the book (including fried cookie dough lol).

    Here’s the first line of the next book I’ll be reading: “An explosion brought Cole Boden to his feet.” – Too Far Down by Mary Connealy.


  8. I skipped the food this week (should have done that last night!) and shared the first line of Christy by Catherine Marshall on my blog. Here’s the first line from a book I got in the mail this week.

    Tessa Tarrington’s life was in the toilet. — Life on The Porcelain Edge by C. E. Hilbert


  9. My first line is from Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter which I will be reading shortly!

    There was nothing like a letter from the IRS to stop a man in his tracks,

    Have a great weekend!


  10. My first line is: “And in here,” Alexandria Keegan announced, “are the bulk refrigerator areas.” From Shadows of the Canyon by Tracie Peterson. How’s that for a “foodie” line?


  11. So sorry I got to your post so late…it’s been a busy time with family who traveled from various places for Thanksgiving celebrations.

    I featured Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall on my blog for this past FLF, so here I will leave the first line from the beautiful novel I just finished reading, also by Cindy Woodsmall, The Gift of Christmas Past. Cindy wrote this phenomenal read with her daughter-in-law, Erin. It’s a great book that I cannot recommend enough!

    “Hadley’s mind reeled with disbelief as her foster mom shoved her clothes into an old suitcase. ‘But…but I’m innocent.'”


  12. This does not sound good for my diet …

    I’m sharing the first line from The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald on my blog, which was brilliant. I’m currently reading Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings. Here’s the first line:

    “The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the state protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.”

    I’m enjoying it so far!


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