First Line Friday: Go the Route

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Happy Friday, reader friends!

I owe you some “after” pictures of our flooring update! It has been so rainy and dreary this week but the next time we get a little sunshine, I’ll be sure to snap a pic or two!


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Go the Route by Whitney Braun

Go the Route by Whitney Braun
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Caiden McMann stared into the closet of his studio apartment. Impatiently, he pressed his phone to his ear and waited.


Here is yet another one of my many oddities… although I am in no way, shape, or form a fan of athletics (besides select Olympic sports because who doesn’t enjoy some part of the Olympic games?!)… I am quite often drawn to sportsy stories! Perhaps this is my subconscious attempt to connect with sports fanatics!?? Who knows?! My mind is a complicated place, y’all!

Back to the point, I am quite attracted to today’s featured story and so happy to have our author friend, Whitney Braun, back on the blog today!



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40 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Go the Route”

  1. Happy Friday!!

    My FLF comes from a book I’m hoping to get to soon, Looking for a Hero by Debbie Macomber.

    Savannah Charles watched the young woman wandering around her bridal shop, checking prices and looking more discouraged by the moment. Her shoulders slumped and she bit her lip when she read the tag on the wedding gown she’d selected.

    Have a great weekend!!


  2. Me, too! I’m so not athletic but love reading books centered around sports and get engrossed in watching the games on TV. Though I do wish there were more books around swimming as a sport since my children are competitive swimmers and I actually know the sport…..and it seems to be such an overlooked sport though it’s wildly popular amongst the younger generation…or maybe I’m just biased ????????


    1. Oh, yes – my FLF….
      “It happened many years ago, in 1968, to be exact.” – If He Only Knew by Michelynn Christy and Brandi Gabriel.
      I’m half way through and not sure what I think about it yet.


  3. Happy Friday!
    Over on my blog this week I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Sundin’s “The Sea Before Us”. It’s a fantastic story!
    Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 5 of the same book.
    “Teleprinters chattered and telephones buzzed, and Dorothy carried a stack of diagrams into the intelligence office.”


  4. Here’s what I’m reading. It’s a fabulous collection!
    Hartville, TX 1886
    Hugh Sterling hopped off the train, hand on his sidearm, ready for trouble.
    First Line from the Prologue of Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection by Erica Vetsch, Gabrielle Meyer, Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Vicki McDonough, and Lorna Seilstad.
    Happy Friday!




    “It’s time,” the voice said. “Remember what we told you.” – No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!


  6. “Hi, everyone,” the young woman with the rounded belly on a stick-thin frame, long blond hair, and large haunted eyes, began.
    By Kathi Daley


  7. On my blog I’m featuring The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano. Here I’ll share from Undercut by Heather Day Gilbert. “Zane Boone had carried the weight of his guilt longer than he cared to admit.” Happy Friday!


  8. Adding this to my TBR!

    I’m sharing about “Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky on the blog today. My first line will come from “Keturah” by Lisa T. Bergren since it’s the closest book to me.

    10 June, 1773
    Rivenshire, England

    In the hopes that at least one would get through, their father had sent three copies of his last letter from the West Indies; as it happened. his daughters received them all.

    Happy Friday!


  9. I’m the same! I think it’s because I’m so bad at anything athletic, and by reading them, a bit of their coolness rubs off on me.

    Today’s FLF:
    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
    “Slipping through the crowd gathered on the upper deck of a most extravagant yacht, Miss Gertrude Cadwalader drew in a breath and adopted an air of what she hoped would be taken for nonchalance.”


  10. Happy Friday!

    Even though I’m not a fan of baseball, I’m okay about reading it in books (probably because for me the book moves faster than the game, LOL!)

    I’m just starting this one:
    Not much had changed about Laurel Cove, North Carolina in the ten years since Livy Johnson had last visited. (Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger)


  11. I’m a bit the same with animals in stories. I’m sharing from Michelle Griep’s The Innkeeper’s Daughter on my blog today, so here are the first two lines from one of my other current reads, Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read:

    “Autumn had come early to Thrush Green. The avenue of horse-chestnuts, which ran across its northerly end, blazed like a bonfire.”

    Happy Friday!


  12. My first line us from Fugitive Spy by Jordyn Redwood:
    As CIA spy Casper English crossed the threshold into the abandoned home, the faint wheezes of a man teetering on death whispered just above the gusting snowstorm.


  13. Hi Whitney! Ella Cahill rubbed her eyes as she climbed behind the wheel of her old van and simple tea out of her thermos to revive herself. Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink.


  14. Happy Friday! My first line is from My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken:

    “Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could. She would not let him see her.”


  15. On my blog, I’m featuring A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer. Here, I will share a line from a book I am currently reading. The Heaven Answer Book by Billy Graham. The first line in the Preface is “One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that we were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven — and Heaven is our ultimate home. But what exactly is Heaven?” I wish you a wonderful weekend.


  16. Happy Saturday!!!

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first lines from Lisa T. Bergren’s fantastic novel, Keturah. Here, I will share the first lines from the novel I’m currently reading, A Brush with the Beast by Richard Sones.

    “Good night, Mr. D,” chirped an elderly secretary as Nick left his office on another late night. Slim, young, black briefcase in hand, he walked briskly toward the door.


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