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Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer + First Line Friday

Happy Friday, reader friends! Have y’all seen the current giveaways?! Check out the first line of Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer below, then open the book nearest you and share the first line!


Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer

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A great philosopher looks at his various struggles as fodder for his innovative thinking, but, since I am not a great philosopher, I look at my struggles as something akin to stepping on a bee the size of a Komodo dragon.


my thoughts

I don’t know why willows are such romantic trees (the suitability for romantic rendezvous, perhaps) but imagine the swoon-factor of a whole grove of willow trees! From first crush to frenemies to frustration, the sparks are ever flying between these two and I loved every moment.

Young adults will relate to (and the young at heart reminisce over) the struggle and ultimate sense of satisfaction of achieving independence and purpose. From meddlesome or downright manipulative relatives to financially complicated business arrangements, the attraction and history between our hero and heroine aren’t the only things making this story interesting!

This author’s debut was a tough act to follow but this story held its own and I definitely recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer 
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12 thoughts on “Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer + First Line Friday”

  1. My first line is from The Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund:
    London, England. May, 1862
    “Hang on a little longer, my lamb,” Mercy Wilkins shifted the listless infant in her arms without slowing her pace.


  2. I’m so very glad today is Friday!
    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer. Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter 2 of the same book.

    “Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette.”


  3. Polly was sad yet excited. This very morning at the breakfast table, her father had told the family that they were moving to Texas.
    POLLY by Mary Christner Borntrager
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  4. Happy Friday! I know I’m late but today was a busy day. It was the last day of school!!!!
    Anyways, today on my blog I am sharing the first paragraph from A Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep. It’s a FANTASTIC novel. You can see my post by following the link: I am just starting Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan, so I will post the first few lines from there.

    “Heartbeat, Hamish. Assess your surroundings. Acknowledge the trigger point. Assure a corner for a quick retreat before the symptoms draw attention.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!


  5. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Cabbages and Kings: Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ” by Dianne Barker:

    “I didn’t have an ordinary childhood and I didn’t have ordinary dreams.”


  6. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from an upcoming release today, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The first person I saw was Jacques, who was driving a lawnmower directly up an incline that made me hold my breath for his safety.”


  7. “There it is” I said, rolling down the car window and sticking my head out. This is the first line in The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman.


  8. Sorry I’m late coming around. My internet went down yesterday and it’s been mostly off since then. They’re sending someone out Monday to figure out what’s going on. On my blog this week I featured The Brides of Big Valley by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter but I am currently reading Tate by Susan May Warren so I’ll share the first line from chapter 4 here: “With one article of clothing, Glo became a new woman.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading time! 🙂


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