Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring the first line and a bonus favorite line from the latest novel by Toni Shiloh, Returning Home (Freedom Lake #1).  I recently finished reading this wonderful story, and highly recommend it! Watch for my interview with Toni Shiloh and my review next week!


Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?



The First Line is:

Jo Ellen Baker slammed the tailgate of her pickup shut.


A bonus favorite line:



Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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24 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – Returning Home (Freedom Lake #1)

  1. Ha! That first line sums up Jo perfectly!

    I’m featuring the SECOND line from Crystal Walton’s ‘Just Maybe’ on my blog this week (Carrie has the first line on Reading is my Superpower). But here, I’m going to share the first line from my current read: a speculative novel called ‘Day Moon’ by Brett Armstrong. Here’s the first line:

    “The drizzle tapped on the coffin with an increasing intensity.”

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  2. I’m so thrilled for Toni. She’s one of those women who get so much done and so much of it for other people. Such a great encourager! Thanks for sharing this, today!

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  3. This looks good.

    I’m featuring Lu. by Beth Troy on my blog today, but here I shall share the book I’m currently reading.

    “They rode in silence, the murmur of Alex’s expensive late-model white SUV lulling Astrid into drowsiness.”
    -Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

    Happy Weekend!

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  4. Thanks for featuring Returning Home! Can’t wait for your review. 🙂
    I’m reading Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey. “Declan Grey started his day as he did every other.”

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  5. Sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out. The book I’m featuring on my blog is Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan. However, the book I will share here is Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy. “The bullet spit dirt up in Gage Coulter’s eyes, and he didn’t even flinch.”

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  6. Just finished The Captivating Lady Charlotte by guess who? Carolyn Miller! Number two in this Regency series!

    The room glimmered with a thousand points of sparkling light, the bright glow from the enormous crystals-dropped chandelier glinting off heavily beaded gowns, ornate mirrors, and the desperation shining in dozens of pairs of eyes.

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  7. Another one I’ve yet to read. If only there were more hours in the day (or I didn’t require sleep).

    I shared the first line of April McGowan’s Hold the Light today.

    Here’s the first line of the book I just finished reading:

    “How can I help?”
    from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

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  8. There is something very satisfying about slamming a tailgate shut. 🙂

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham over on my blog today, but here I’ll share the first line from another book I just finished, Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund:

    “Everyone’s dead.”

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  9. Jo and I are kindred spirits. Happy Friday, Trisha!

    Wednesday,September 2, 1987

    Mike Dolan was snoring when the telephone rang. Fly Away by Lynn Austin

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  10. Returning Home is my current read, too!!!

    Here’s the first line from a book I sorta-reread this week: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay. It SUCH a great book!

    “Piccolo. The restaurant matched its name-a tiny and delicate white stucco building with a short, neat brick wall leading from its front door to the parking lot.”

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  11. I must add Toni Shiloh to my to-read pile!

    I’m reading The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips. Here’s the first line:

    Hanna Knight clicked the Power button on the radio as she inched the Dodge Ram pickup down the snow-covered highway. Embarrass, Minnesota, was only a few miles farther.

    Okay, so I had to include that second sentence because Embarrass as a place name? That’s even weirder than Iola (which is a place name: Iola, Wisconsin, and Iola, Kansas).

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  12. I’ve been to Iola, Kansas, because we have relatives there. I didn’t have a chance to post this on Friday. I want to share the first line from the first chapter instead of from the prologue: (This is a REALLY fun book to read!)

    A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese:

    “I jiggled the locked doorknob again and wished, not for the first time, that it was legal to use tranquilizer darts on adolescent boys.”


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