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The Christmas Heirloom: First Line Friday

Hello, reader friends! Let’s get in the celebratory spirit with The Christmas Heirloom first line times four! I hope each of you had a restful and blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We finished the bulk of our Christmas shopping online yesterday morning then enjoyed a couple of movies with the kids (Lego Batman and Secretariat, I highly recommend both of them)!

There are two giveaway opportunities for today’s featured book so be sure to leave your first line in the comments below for bonus entries then hop over to the review post for details and to enter!


The Christmas Heirloom
by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter,
Sarah Loudin Thomas, Becky Wade

review & giveaway


“Legacy of Love” by Kristi Ann Hunter
1827 – Lancashire, England

From a purely rational standpoint, Sarah Gooding should have been ecstatic with her present position.


“Gift of the Heart” by Karen Witemeyer
October 1890 – Hope Springs, Texas

Ruth Fulbright held her sleeping seven-year-old daughter snugly on her lap in the middle of the stagecoach seat while the passengers who considered themselves her betters exited the conveyance.


“A Shot at Love” by Sarah Loudin Thomas
November 1958 – Bethel, West Virginia

Fleeta hunkered low, careful not to rattle the crisp fallen leaves all around her.


“Because of You” by Becky Wade
Present Day – Merryweather, Washington

Maddie Winslow met the man of her dreams the same day that her friend Olivia introduced Maddie to her new boyfriend.


I adore this collection of stories and couldn’t resist giving my loyal reader friends another opportunity to earn some bonus entries! If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, this book would be a wonderful gift!



Leave your first line in the comments below for bonus entries then head over to the review post to enter!

review & giveaway

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18 thoughts on “The Christmas Heirloom: First Line Friday”

  1. There is no escaping the dead. On the slender peninsula that is Charleston, we cannot help being surrounded by them, packed as they are into ancient cemeteries behind ornate iron fencing. Beneath our streets. And under our homes and parking garages.
    By Karen White
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  2. We must teach people who have never been loved what love is. After all, it says in 1 John 4:8 “…God is love.” From the book, “Seeds of Hope for Survivors: For everyone who has ever been brokenhearted, addicted, or a victim” by Christina Ryan Claypool (I happened to be reading one of my own books preparing to write an excerpt for a devotional?)


  3. First lines from The Disasters by M.K. England: “I’ve been at Ellis Station Academy for exactly 24 hours. Twenty-four hours, and I’ve already washed out.”


  4. Here’s my first line from The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller:

    Julia Hale lifted a weary hand and rapped on the yellow painted door. Please let me in. please!


  5. Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

    My first line Friday is from With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander. It just arrived in the mail this morning.

    November 30, 1864
    Carnton Plantation
    Franklin, Tennessee
    21 miles south of Nashville

    “And this, children, is a drawing of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

    Blessings, Tina


  6. Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! My first line (and 3rd line because I love this line) is from “Reaching Her Heart” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Tristan Callaghan moved to the side of the long hallway to let a young couple pass, giving them a smile and a nod before continuing on… What on earth had possessed him to agree to teach Sunday School to seven and eight-year-old boys?”


  7. This book is on my Christmas wish list. 🙂 I’m currently reading “From the Start” by Melissa Tagg and the first line is ” How in the world had rain earned such a romantic rep?”


  8. I enjoy books by all of these authors so I was excited about it as soon as I saw it. It’s on my Christmas wish list.
    I just finished reading The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman. The first line is “Keep your brother away from my sister!”


  9. I’m reading The icecutter’s Daughter, the first line is – Merrill Krause tucked an errant strand of hair under her knit cap and sighed.


  10. “I held my breath during the airplane’s steep ascent.” ~Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar.
    I’m looking forward to reading this one. It’s on my TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win it.


  11. I’m reading Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

    Lake Hallstatt, Austria
    March 1938
    The blade of a shovel, cutting through frosted grass. That’s what she remembered most from the spring of 1938.


  12. “Bar Harbor, Maine — 1940

    Nessie McDonald rushed down the dark, steep road toward the booming hiss of the surf pounding. ”
    ~ Recipe for a Husband by Anne Greene


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