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

This week I’m featuring Guilt By Association (Murder in the Mountains #3) by Heather Day Gilbert.  Watch for my full review coming soon!


          “You sure you’re okay with this, Tess?” My Mother-in-law, Nikki Jo, pulls a red coffee cup from her cabinet. She knows how uncomfortable I am with the latest call from my mom.


Ok, you caught me! I gave you more than one line.  I just couldn’t help but toss in a extra two. I felt you needed to get the full effect. This story will keep you on your toes, and turning pages to find out what happens next!


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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

25 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – Guilt By Association

  1. There is was, the empty white pastry box. That is the first line in the book Murder Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan. Very good cozy mystery!

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today, my First Line Friday comes from the next book on my TBR mountain, Coming Home to Island House by Erica James…..

    There she is, the scarlet woman herself.’
    ‘She’s back then.’
    ‘Back to flaunt herself right under our noses. She’s no shame, that one.’
    ‘No shame at all.’

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. My first line today (that I’m also sharing on my blog) is from Melissa Tagg’s From the Start. “How in the world had rain earned such a romantic rep?”

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. This looks like an interesting read!

    Totally can relate to hesitating picking up a new-to-me author as well.

    I’m sharing about The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma on my blog today, but I’ll share a first line from a book on my soon-to-read list here.

    Your first thought upon picking up this book is probably: How can a person born without any limbs consider himself to to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this Earth?
    -Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children by Nick Vujicic

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday!

    The snow in middle Tennessee melted enough that my mailman finally showed up with a few packages in hand (a few of the books I’ve been waiting on). I pulled the first line to share from one of those:

    Her head throbbed and grogginess gripped her.
    –Thread of Revenge by Elizabeth Goddard

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  6. The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy. I will share here the first line from a children’s book I just finished reading by A. Lynn Basset called The Boy and The Clock Book. “Tick-tock, tick-tock. Only three minutes stood between Charlie Higgins and the best summer ever!” Have a great weekend!

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  7. I love the “Joy of Reading” title of your blog, because that so accurately describes what I think about reading – it is a joy, especially to have so many wonderful writers to choose from. I smile every time I see your blog name.

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust:

    “A persistent knock at the front door dragged Kat Williams awake.”

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  8. that cover captures me every time!

    My current first line is from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright –

    “Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.”

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  9. My first paragraph is from Melody of the Soul from Liz Tolsma:

    Anna Zadokova held her mother’s tiny body close. If only she could imprint the feel of her on her skin. She breathed in her scent, a combination of rose water and fried onions. Everything she loved best about her. A light mist dampened them both.

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    Two Years Earlier

    Renee huddled in the garden shed in her pajamas and tried to hear him over the pounding of her heart in her ears. – Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

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  11. I love the cover to this book. It’s beautiful. And, I’ve heard some good things. I hope you are enjoying it!

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog, I am featuring Brett Armstrong’s novel Destitutio Quod Remissio. It’s an interesting read so far. Here I will post the first lines from chapter four of this book.

    “The streets were filled beyond the usual that day, or perhaps it only appeared so to Marcus. The market district was expansive enough to accommodate thousands. Over it looked the tall stone buildings surrounding the huge open Forum that was the city’s center for centuries. All of the grand structures were washed white by the noon’s radiance and loomed large over the transactions of Rome’s citizens.”

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  12. I have this on my Kindle, but haven’t started it yet. I have to read book #2 first!

    I’m about to start reading The Boy in the Hoodie, a young adult novel by debut Australian author Catriona McKewon. Here’s the first line:

    Before I met him, there wasn’t much I knew about the boy in the hoodie.He seemed to live above the rules.

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  13. Here’s the first line of my current read: Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood.

    Ingleford, Surrey: June 1907
    The day her pupil’s father threw Lilia Brooke’s copy of Homer’s Odyssey across the schoolroom was the day she knew she’d have to leave Ingleford.

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