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First Line Friday: The Sea Before Us

Hi, reader friends and happy weekend to you! Around here weekends have been few and far between due to my husband’s work schedule and overtime. On the rare occasion that we actually get the chance to enjoy a weekend (usually because he has taken a vacation day), we embrace it wholeheartedly! I think y’all can figure out where I’m going with this, yes?!

Yes! WE are celebrating a WEEKEND so don’t look for me online, I’m hiding from my computer and we might even run away from the internet altogether. We’ll be hanging out in our own little family bubble for the next few days but I’ll be itching to catch up with y’all when I get back so tell me about the last time you took a break from technology or your regular routine!


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

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Kerrville, Texas
Saturday, June 14, 1941

Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving.


This book is one of my highly anticipated reads for 2018! Unfortunately, I still haven’t had a chance to read it yet (even though it released way back in February), which a little bit breaks my reader heart.

If you’ve read it, tell me how you think it is similar and/or different from Sundin’s previous series. Keep it spoiler free, I beg you! I am a “dive right in” variety reader… the less I know, the better! Blurbs, settings, sometimes even genres remain unknown and the story speaks for itself.

Usually… but I’m desperate for a little taste so help a reader friend out.


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14 thoughts on “First Line Friday: The Sea Before Us”

  1. Today I shared the first couple of lines from Fiona Davis’ upcoming book “The Masterpiece” on my blog. But as I’m only about 25% into the book, let me share the first few lines of the chapter I’m currently reading.

    “Clara had seen Levon only twice since he’d taken her class five days earlier: once in a crowded hallway, where he’d given her a salute as he brushed by, and another time on the concourse of the terminal, where she was certain he’d spotted her but pretended not to.
    His puerile behavior annoyed her. She had no way of knowing if he’d upheld his end of the bet and insisted that Mr. Lorette keep her on.”

    I hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend and enjoying your reading! 😀


  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery:

    “The letter was probably one more rejection Loni could add to all the others crumpled in her trash.”


  3. My book club loved this book! Today I shared from Murder at The Flamingo by Rachel McMillan. But here I’ll share the first line from a book on my TBR shelf, Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley — It wasn’t too hot for 10:00 P.M. in the middle of May unless you were about to climb over the ledge of a fourteen-story building in downtown Memphis.

    Happy Friday!


  4. Happy Friday!????

    My first line comes from The Mending by Susan Lantz Simpson……..

    She sensed someone had entered the room, even though she’d been dozing and hadn’t heard the whoosh of the door opening or the squeak of athletic shoes on the tile floor. Her eyes felt glued shut.

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


  5. Happy Friday! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright. Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter 28 of the same book:
    “Dusk had settled over Gossamer Pond. The mist rolled off its surface, making the mossy green algae glow in the moonlight.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Cara Putman’s novel A Promise Forged. Here I will share the first line from the novel I just started reading, Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar.

    “The first time I climbed through a window and crept about secretly through a house, the moon sat high in the sky and I was running away from home.”

    Hope you have a great weekend! ????


  7. Enjoy your weekend with your hubby!!! 🙂 On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff. Since I’m still reading the book, I will share the first two lines from chapter 8 here. “Jake finished hitching the wagon as the sun rose over the horizon. When he peered in the door of the soddie, Evangeline stood before him trying to press the wrinkles out of her green dress with her hands.”


  8. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend! I’m sharing from a different book on my blog today, but my current lunchtime read is the second Lady Alkmene Cozy Mystery, Diamonds of Death by Vivian Conroy. Here is the first line (well, first two):

    “It was madness to do this on a night with a full moon. But then you had to be a little mad to do this work to begin with.”


  9. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared on my blog today is A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 3 here: “Squinting into the fog made orange by the rising sun, I strode through the sprawling vineyard in a nightdress and my tattered old garden cloak and pondered the odd whispers of my servant.” Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! 🙂


  10. Happy Friday! My first line comes from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    London, 1913

    It was dark where she crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.


  11. I haven’t read it, but I will. One day 🙂

    I’m sharing the first line of Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller on my blog, so I’ll share the first line from the book I’m currently reading: Justice by Emily Conrad:

    “Snow floated onto Main Street, each flake large enough to catch the breeze like a parachute.”


  12. Happy ‘belated’ Friday!! I was out of town and that was the last time I took a break from the computer and it felt great. I also had a chance to read Where Shadows meet by Colleen Coble and The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore, while I was on this trip. Both good books so far.


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