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Christmas Love Year Round: First Line Friday

Hello, reader friends! Autumn has finally arrived in my neck of the woods but we’re aiming for Christmas Love Year Round! It’s been a rainy mess most of the time but we’ve been able to open the windows for a fresh breeze and haven’t needed the air conditioning or the heat… I call that a win!

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion panel at ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers conference) in Nashville. I’ve shared some pictures on social media (for example, here on Facebook) and I’ll share more next week.



Christmas Love Year Round by Elaine Stock

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The chink of glass shattering zoomed upstairs. In her bedroom Cami Richardson jumped and brushed against the curio shelf lined with her favorite trinkets.


I’ve been meaning to pick up a story by Elaine Stock for quite some time! Why am I sharing so many Christmas books lately (especially when I’ve just admitted that autumn has barely settled in)? Planning! You want to spend your Christmas downtime cozied up with a good read, right?! Now is the time to stockpile! Tell me, have y’all picked up any new Christmas stories lately?


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21 thoughts on “Christmas Love Year Round: First Line Friday”

  1. Today at my blog, I featured the first line of Beth Revis’ latest release, Give the Dark My Love. Here, though, I will be sharing the first line of my next read, Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.

    “Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane – before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ran pictures of our faces, and searching our names led to sites that crashed from all the names led to sites that crashed from all the traffic – we were just girls, and there were only two of us.”

    Hope you enjoy the weekend! Happy reading! ❤️? ?


  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from A Time to Love by Marion Ueckermann:

    “You can do this. You’ve done it a thousand times before.”


  3. Happy Friday! I’m sharing about “This Is The Day” by Tim Tebow over on my blog today. I’m currently reading “Ours for a Season” by Kim Vogel Sawyer so I’ll be sharing my first line from there.

    Pine Hill, Indiana
    Mary Krieger Hirschler

    Marty followed her husband to the front door, keeping enough distance between them to prevent bumping her knee against the bulky suitcase that hung from his hand.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy reading!


  4. Prologue
    Jason Huyard had to be dreaming. The whole scene playing out in front of him was surreal as he stood in the Lapp family’s kitchen doorway and peered into their large family room.

    “The Forgotten Recipe”
    By Amy Clipston


  5. Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Roseanna M. White’s An Hour Unspent. Here I’ll share with you the first line from Kristi Ann Hunter’s novella A Legacy of Love from The Christmas Heirloom Collection.
    “From a purely rational standpoint, Sarah Gooding should have been ecstatic with her present position.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  6. My first line is from Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund (her 2014 release).

    “The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

    Have a great weekend!


  7. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Lynn Austin’s novel Legacy of Mercy. I just started the book today and I am only on chapter two, so I will share the first line from there.

    “I don’t know how to answer my son Jakob.”

    Makes me want to read on! ?

    Hope you have an excellent day, and a relaxing weekend filled with great reading!


  8. Christmas novella reading season has already started for me! 🙂 But I’m sharing from an upcoming read, The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck, over on my blog today. Here are the first lines from the prologue, set during the American Revolution:

    “He must finish. He must. Stumbling, he fell to the damp earth of the maple swamp with the click-slap of musket fire ringing through the cold dew, his breath billowing.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  9. My first line Friday is from An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White.

    May 11, 1915 Poplar, London, England
    Barclay Pearce shouldered his way through the mob, invisible.

    Have a blessed weekend.


  10. Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring the book I just finished reading, “The Awakening” by Tamara Leigh. Here I will share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, “The Unwanted Suitor” by Michelle Pennington. There is a prologue, but I’ll share the first line from Chapter 1. “Cornelia Greystone glanced at the ormolu clock that graced the wall over her dressing table and her whole body tensed with urgency.” Have a wonderful weekend!


  11. I’m featuring lines from Susan Stoker’s Justice for Hope on my blog today. Hope you can stop by!

    Here, I am featuring lines from Dare to Love Again by Maddie Taylor. Here is the first line of chapter 13.

    “Esme went to work the next day, determined to keep her mind focused on the million and one things she had to do rather than letting more sexy Finn daydreams distract her.”

    Happy Reading!

    Janine – The World Was Hers for the Reading


  12. Beth, so sorry to be late to the party (just home from the day job) and saw this on Twitter. Wow! Thanks for sharing the opening of Christmas Love Year Round on your blog!! I hope you enjoy Cami and Gavin’s story.


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