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First Line Friday: A Passion Most Pure

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Happy Friday, reader friends! Has everyone adjusted to the time change? I don’t think I’m quite there yet but I have been going to bed and getting up earlier… except Thursday night because two FLF posts snuck up on me.

I’m actually still playing catch-up from being sick last week (what can I say? I’m bookishly ambitious and Trello can’t stop me). Believe it or not, blogging isn’t the only thing that gets behind when I’m down… laundry, kids’ lessons, and budgeting suffer… plus the general dropping of everything all over everywhere in our home goes unchecked.

Just kidding (mostly), my husband is honestly a better cook than I am and he even pitches in with the cleaning on occasion plus my kids are old enough to complete their chores (with enough sweet reminders) and cook simple meals on their own so I’m pretty much working myself out of a job (which I’m pretty sure is one of the main goals of motherhood).

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook


Faith O’Connor stood on tiptoe behind the side porch, squinting through her mother’s prized lilac bush. The sound of summer locusts vibrated in her ears as she gasped, inches from where her sister, Charity, stood in the arms of—


Who?! Do y’all know? Want to take a guess?!
These are actually the third and fourth lines of Chapter 1,
hop over to read the first and second lines on Hoarding Books!

Join author Julie Lessman on her Facebook page for a special St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Live
on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific!
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20 thoughts on “First Line Friday: A Passion Most Pure”

  1. Hope you are 100% soon! My blog is featuring An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy. But here I will share from a book on my Spring TBR list, Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton. “She usually stayed in bed until at least six, but this morning she was restless, like animals get when the barometric pressure drops before a storm.”

    Happy Friday!


  2. Happy Friday! Hope you are feeling better real soon Beth!????

    My First Line Fridays comes from a book I’m hoping to get to soon, Between Friends by Debbie Macomber.

    Dearest Momma,
    I thought you should know Mike and I had a baby girl on September first. I realize Daddy said I wasn’t to contact either of you ever again, but I felt you’d want to know you had a granddaughter.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!????????????


  3. Being sick sure isn’t fun. Glad to know you are on the feeling better side. Isn’t it grand when you have loved ones you can depend on to carry the slack when we are down. ❤

    “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jesse.” Justin Cade raised a beer to his reflection then gulped half of the microbrew.
    “Bad Boy Rancher” by Karen Rock


  4. A Search For Refuge ( Haven Manor) by Kristi Ann Hunter:
    Marlborough, England 1804
    Margaretta had used the word DESPERATE many times in her life, but she’d never truly known the meaning until she stood in the open door of a mail coach, clutching an eight-month-old letter and praying that someone in this minuscule market town would know where the writer had gone when she moved on.


  5. Wishing you a productive weekend for all those things that got behind!

    Can you believe I haven’t yet read a Julie Lessman book? Crazy, right? But I’ll get one into my schedule one of these days!

    Here’s what I’m currently reading:

    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. (Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald)

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Oh, this sounds fun! Feel better 😀

    Though I’m sharing a book with an Irish hero, The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman, on my blog today, here’s the first line of an audiobook I’ve borrowed from the library on a friend’s recommendation, The Bookshop on the Corner (or, in the UK, The Little Shop of Happily Ever After) by Jenny Colgan:

    “The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things.”

    Happy Friday!


  7. Happy Friday!

    Today at my blog, I am sharing the first lines from Jennifer Delamere’s latest novel, The Heart’s Appeal. It’s such a great book!

    Here I will share the first lines from my next-up book, Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald. This is my first read of this author’s works, but I am very excited!!!

    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. Ethan stepped over the threshold.”


  8. Happy Friday Beth! Glad you are on the mend and I hope you feel completely well soon.
    I don’t like the time changes. It takes me a while to get used to the “new” time all over again.

    My first line is from a book I received in the mail today….The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

    Maribel and the Privateer
    Part 1:
    In the waters of the Caribbean Sea
    April of 1724…

    Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but that fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.

    Blessings, Tina


  9. I hope you are feeling 100% soon! I’m not a mother, but I think that working yourself out of a job IS a goal of motherhood. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!


  10. I hope you’re completely well soon. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from a book I’m currently reading, Praying For Strangers, by River Jordan. Here, I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on. “We’ve spent the night at the ski resort catching up and sharing belated Christmas presents.” Have a great weekend!


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