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First Line Friday: Heroines Behind the Lines series

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Hello, reader friends!!! We’re celebrating our nation’s birthday this week (or your nation if you are an international reader friend) with a special patriotic edition of First Line Friday!

Patriotic is defined as “love for or devotion to one’s country.” I don’t know about y’all but it was too HOT (index over 100 after sunset) for this mama to get out of the house for any kind of celebration. I guess I love not sweating more than partying and socializing 😉

We watched 101 Dalmations instead… on the comfy couch, in the air conditioning… no shoe hunting, outfit searching, or deciding what dish to take for the potluck. I’m almost tempted to make it our new annual tradition!


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


Heroines Behind the Lines series by Jocelyn Green

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New York City
Monday, April 22, 1861

When Charlotte and Alice told their mother they were taking the omnibus down Broadway, they weren’t lying. They just didn’t tell her where they would be getting off.


The Holloway Farm, Adams County, Pensylvania
Friday, June 26, 1863

“Shhhh. Someone’s coming.” Liberty Holloway cocked her head toward the window as the muffled rythm of hoofbeats rose above the drumming rain.


Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, July 5, 1863

Traitor. A rifle butt slammed between Caitlin’s shoulder blades, pitching her forward on the narrow plank.


Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Thursday, September 24, 1863

“Tell no one how it ended. Please,” Sophie murmured to Daphne, her gaze flicking over the precious few mourners receding from the graveside.


Be still my history loving reader heart! These beauties are still on my wishlist! I love Jocelyn’s work and can’t wait to get my hands on these stories, eventually!

Jocelyn Green has a giveaway going on right now in honor of Independence Day and Bastille Day inspired by her latest novel A Refuge Assured. You can enter to win A Revolutionary Giveaway on her website!


 Go to Hoarding Books to find more FLF bloggers (and don’t forget about the giveaway)!

19 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Heroines Behind the Lines series”

  1. Happy Friday!???? We hid inside from the heat too Beth! This looks like a series I need to check out!????

    My first lines come from Loving Grace by April Smith.

    I’M LATE. THE PHONE IS already ringing off the wall by the time I make it to my desk. I toss my keys and bag to the side, not really bothering with where they land. I’ll get them later. I grab the phone and snag the corner of the desk with my hip. That’s going to leave a mark.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!????


  2. Happy Friday, Beth! I’m adding this series to my TBR! 🙂

    My first line comes from The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

    November 1942

    The news that June’s grandfather was being evicted had come from her older sister Mary, who worked in town at Langham’s Drug Store.


  3. New York City
    June 1858
    Marianne Neumann’s fingers were shaking so hard she could barely pry open the first record book. There were half a dozen more in the drawer. How could she possibly search through all of them?
    By Jody Hedlund


  4. Well you can’t help but want to run to the store (or amazon site) and look for these books right now!!

    I’ll share a first line from a book I hope to start reading very soon.

    “Two construction workers carried in the orange ladder splatted with dried paint blotches and old drywall mud.”

    From The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday! 🙂


  5. I’m one of those weird people who can start a series in the middle, so I’ve only read book 4 of this series. I need to read the others!

    My current read is The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray:

    Nine months, twenty-seven days, and four hours.

    Have a fantastic weekend!


  6. I shared the first few lines of Rosie Walsh’s debut “Ghosted” on my blog, but I’m going to share an old favorite here.

    “The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers – the girl with the guitar and the easy smile. Her given name is Delilah, and they think she goes by Lilah. But anyone who really knows my best friend calls her Dee.”

    That line comes from Emery Lord’s “Open Road Summer”. It’s a light, fun and romantic read, perfect for, well, summer. Haha!

    Hope you enjoyed it. Happy Friday! 😀


  7. Happy Friday!! Oh my goodness. The heat wave in California is going strong as of right now it is 103. And when it gets this hot I just want too stay inside all the time and read books. That’s my favorite.


  8. I absolutely love books that are in a series. And when it gets super hot out like 103 I stay inside and try and stay cool

    Thank you for the give away


  9. Happy Friday! The book I’m sharing on my blog is “Lord Livesey’s Bluestocking” by Audrey Harrison. I will share the first line from chapter 22. “Livesey stood next to his aunt in the side chapel, taking in the scene whilst gritting his teeth.” Have a wonderful weekend!


  10. Happy Friday!

    LOVED this series!

    I’m reading Newlywed Games by Mary Davis right now, so here’s the first line: “Bruce Halloway had looked up with a start when he heard the ruckus outside his office window.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book


  11. Happy Friday! My first line is from This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller:

    “This journey I take seems foolish to others, yet I can’t help the yearning that fuels me. ~ Adrien’s Journal”


  12. I need to read this series! I’m sharing from Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton on my blog today (didn’t see the theme until after I posted), so here is the rather long first line from chapter 2:

    “The babysitter was late, Addie and Walsh were flying around the house in superhero capes yelling the Batman theme song–“Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Batman!”–and Jenna had just poured a mug of coffee when Walsh bumped into her from behind, spilling hot liquid down the front of her black Full Cup Coffee T-shirt.”

    Happy Friday!


  13. I’m from New Zealand, so our national day is 6 February … also in the middle of summer.

    I’m sharing from The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher on the blog today. Not that I managed to stop with the first line—I’ve now finished it!

    Here’s another great line, from Chapter Thirty. This is one I’ve been learning the truth of in the last year, attending my church prayer meeting with ladies three or four decades older than me:

    Being a Christian isn’t a destination; it’s a lifelong journey. There’s always something new to learn along the way, always something fresh to be revealed.


  14. I love Jocelyn’s books so much. I need to read this series though!!! Soon!!!

    This week for FLF, I am showcasing Roseanna M. White’s novel Whispers From the Shadows. Here, I will post the first line from chapter 2 in the book I’m just starting today, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham.

    “Em, you look so improved.”

    Kind of sounds insulting…I’ll have to read on and find out the context. ????

    Hope you’re having a blessed weekend with lots of fun reading time. ????


  15. I love the cover art on these! I have this series on my TBR pile but haven’t gotten to it yet 😦
    The book I shared on my blog is The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli, but I’m currently reading Things I Never Told You by Beth K Vogt so I’ll share that first line here: “The what-ifs taunted me every time I visited my parents, but any hope of beginning again had vanished years ago–if there’d ever been one. Hope you have a great weekend!


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