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

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski. This story has something for everyone! A tender romance, a suspenseful, page-turning adventure, drama, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters that will charm you from the beginning! CLICK HERE to read my full review.


May 1940, France

Claire Baudin jittered with excitement as she checked her stocking seams. One final tweak to her new red straw hat and she slid out of the cramped ladies’ water closet. Tottering her way along the swaying railcar’s aisle, she bumped three elbows before falling into her seat.


Okay, so I gave you a little more than one line. I just couldn’t help myself! Trust me when I tell you that you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic story! This new story from J’nell Ciesielski comes out early February, but you can pre-order your copy today!

  The Songbird and the Spy


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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18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: The Songbird and the Spy

  1. Happy first Friday of February 💕

    I shared the first few lines of Tara Conklin’s upcoming novel “The Last Romantics” on my blog today. I am only about 47% into the book so, here, I’ll share to you the first lines of the chapter I’m currently on.

    “With Will gone I searched in earnest for Noni, worrying that she had seen us speaking and that I would be forced to explain. Noni did not recognize boundaries when it came to us, her daughters, our skin problems or boyfriends or job prospects. Her questions were always frank and pointed, designed to elicit answers that contained enough salient information for her critique. Dodging Noni’s questions had become a sport for my sisters and me, a verbal tennis match with Noni always retaining the serve. I could only imagine what she’d do with Will and the kiss he’d delivered.”

    I hope you enjoy those lines. Have a weekend full of great reads! 😀

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  2. This is on my Feb TBR list and I’m looking forward to it.

    I’m currently reading The Secret of Willow Inn by Pat Nichols. Here’s the first line: As far back as Emily Hayes could remember, her heart yearned for a sister.

    Happy Friday!

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  3. I can’t wait to read this one! 😀

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. It’s a sweet little book if you haven’t read it yet. I’m currently starting The Seamstress by Allison Pittman, so I’ll share the first line from this book.

    “My first and last memories are my cousin Laurette.”

    I’m very excited to read this book!

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 😀❤📚

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  4. That book sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing it. On my blog, I’m sharing a book by the late Ruth Bell Graham called Prodigals and Those Who Love Them. Here, I will share a line from Chapter 5 of that book, which is Gigi Graham Tchividjian’s story. “At times the Lord had to gently remind me to deal with my son as He deals with His children: to keep the doors of communication always open, to accept the person, even when I could not accept his actions and conduct.” I wish you a warm and wonderful weekend!

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  5. My first line is from Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green:
    Kahnawake, Quebec. August 1744

    “I told you I’m not staying.” Catherine Stands – Apart drew back from her sister’s touch and planted her feet wide at the edge of their mother ‘s grave.

    I have the first one and look forward to The Songbird one.

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  6. Happy Friday!
    On my blog today I’m sharing the first line from True Nobility by Lori Bates Wright but I have no extra line to share right now b/c I’m currently in-between books and getting ready to head out to Snow Camp with the youth group. Brrrrr! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Happy Weekend! My first line (well, first 2 lines) is from “Ellie’s Redemption” by Molly Jebber:

    “Ellie Graber glanced at Joel Wenger across the room. Her heart raced, and her cheeks warmed.”


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