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An Hour Unspent: First Line Friday

Hello, reader friends! Let’s take a peek at the An Hour Unspent first line! Autumn was/is short-lived and/or confused as usual and we had to close the house back up and crank the air conditioning once again. It’s not stopping me from sipping my cold apple cider! Around here the seasons have serious identity issues.

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An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

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Barclay Pearce shouldered his way through the mob, invisible. He’d learned over the years how to blend into any crowd, and this one was no different.


Barclay shines in the An Hour Unspent first line and every line that follows! I’ll have more to share about this story later this month but for now y’all can head over to Hope by the Book because we are featuring new reviews every week (including this one) in addition to the exclusive reviews you’ll find in the quarterly magazine!

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15 thoughts on “An Hour Unspent: First Line Friday”

  1. Beryl Helliwell watched as her friend Edwina Davenport capped her fountain pen and laid it on the desk in front of her.
    MURDER FLIES THE COOP by Jessica Ellicott


  2. Over on my blog, I’m featuring the first line from The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. Do stop by and check it out. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  3. I can’t wait to get to this book! It’s on my review schedule so I will get to enjoy it very soon!!!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Connilyn Cossette’s newest novel, Shelter of the Most High. I cannot wait to get into this book. Currently, I am reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. It is SO good. I am loving it. I am on chapter 23, so I will post the first line from that chapter here:

    “He’d meant to talk to his uncle, truly he had, but the next day passed in a blur of festive activities — and never once had Uncle been without Miss Whymsy at his side.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of good reading!


    1. Ooooo, I can’t wait to get to Connilyn’s book! I haven’t picked up Michelle’s Dickensesque series, I just can’t keep up! Happy reading to you, Nicole!


  4. Happy Friday! On my blog today, I am featuring one of my favorites, “The Princess” by Lori Wick. Here I will share the first lines from Chapter 3. “Nikolai stood alone in his bedroom and told himself to breathe deeply. He had the window wide open, cool as it was, but still felt as if he were going to suffocate. This was his wedding day.” Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Happy Friday! I forgot about this week being about favorite genre but I DID share one from one of my favorite authors. I have to say historical fiction is my favorite, but I also like suspense to change things up a bit. I’m currently in-between books but I’ll be be starting a new book after dinner tonight. Hope you have a great weekend with lots of quality reading time!


  6. This was such a great series! I think my favourite is the second book, because of the setting.

    I’m featuring Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills on my blog today, but I’m currently reading Calm Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane, which is about forming good online habits. Here’s the first line:

    “Imagine a small device that has gone from nonexistent to indispensable in less than a decade. You’ve probably guessed it. That amazing little invention is the smartphone.”

    Have a great weekend!


  7. Happy Weekend! My first line is from Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson, which is included in the collection A Christmas To Remember:

    “Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”


  8. Happy Friday! I’m featuring Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd on my blog, here is the second line:

    “All present quickened as lightning pierced the ground just outside the wide panel of windows, like a finger pointing deep within the earth.”


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