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

Today I am excited to be featuring Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes! This superb novella is an introduction to Amanda’s full-length story Whose Waves These Are, set to release at the end of this month. I loved this novella and encourage you to swing by Amazon and download your FREE copy today!


Summer 1774
Coastal Maine

          The forest floor came alive that night. Footsteps pounding upon it, roots forging slow paths into dark soil. Two worlds about to collide. The young woman flew through the trees, the frantic swishing of her skirt masked by the sound of the wind through the bending pines above.

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]



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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31 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

  1. Hi! Happy Friday.

    I shared the first couple of lines from my recent read, You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn. I thoroughly enjoyed the book & definitely recommend it to you. Here, though, I will be sharing the opening lines of my current read, Mother Country by Irina Reyn.

    First-World Problems

    Brooklyn, April 2014

    In this Brooklyn neighborhood, Nadia was sure she was the only nanny from Ukraine. She preferred to think of herself as an observer, a temporary traveler, someone waiting for a new life to begin, rather than who she really was: a worker executing an invisible task within the neighborhood’s complex ecosystem.

    I’m only 10% into Mother Country but already it’s proving to be an interesting read. It’s about a mother whose daughter is trapped in war-torn Donbass in Ukraine. I think this one will turn out to be an important read for me.

    Hope you enjoyed that. Happy weekend!

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  2. Finding God’s life for my will:

    The prophet Isaiah says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (30: 21). That’s nice, but could it really be so simple? To hear the voice of God and to follow where it leads? Isn’t that what we’re all after? Who wouldn’t turn if they heard God’s voice over their shoulder? Imagine the Almighty echoing down the halls of your mind like a high school loudspeaker.

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  3. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book!

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first few lines from The Memory House by Rachel Hauck. It is SO awesome. You can see my post by going to: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/04/11/first-line-friday-82-2/. Currently, I am on chapter 22, so I will share a line from there.

    “The knock came late as the house rattled with the crashes and flashes of a spring thunderstorm.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂❤️📚

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  4. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared today on my blog is Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano but I’m currently reading The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sara E Ladd so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (17) here: “Delia chewed her lip as she traversed the path to Fairhold Cottage, mentally practicing what she wanted to say.” Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I am reading that novella now and am expecting to get the book, too!

    My first paragraph is from an exceptional book by a new author: A retelling of Ruth and Naomi in Victorian times.
    Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens:
    England, July, 1861
    Both women were starving.
    After nearly three weeks in Abbotsville, Rena’s shoulder blades now cut against her skin like she was made of paper. Head pounding, she lay beside Nell in a stable which smelled of manure, desperate for a way to escape the unbreakable claws of poverty.

    Happy reading!

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  6. Happy Friday!

    Based on the cover, I never would have guessed that this novella was a historical romance. I’ll have to it add to my TBR pile now. 🙂

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the opening line from Susan Anne Mason’s A Worthy Heart. I’m also reading The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. The first line is:

    “If she lived to be one hundred and five, Katherine Evangeline Ramsey would never understand why every debutante must begin the London social season by curtsying to the king and queen.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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  7. I loved this novella and I can’t wait for the novel! Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer is on top of my “read this next” stack. I’m sharing from Chapter 1 on my blog, so here is the first line from the prologue:

    “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.”

    Happy Friday and have a good weekend!

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  8. On my blog, I’m sharing a book by Mary Conneally, The Tangled Ties That Bind. Here, I will share the first lines of Chapter 3 in my current read, Signed, Sealed, Delighted by Crystal L. Barnes. “Distance. Joe needed distance. Only thing was, the one person he needed distance from was the one person he’d promised to watch over.”

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  9. This is sitting on my Kindle waiting for my holiday this week 🙂

    I’m sharing the first line from Beyond the Stars, Past the Moons by Jebraun Clifford on my blog today. It’s from the Encircled anthology, which I’m looking forward to reading.

    Here’s another first line from the anthology. This one is from Edged in Silver by Laurie Lucking:

    “If only I didn’t have to go home.”

    Happy reading. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  10. Thanks for the reminder! I thought I’d pre-ordered this, but it hasn’t shown up on my Kindle. I’ve fixed that now 🙂

    I’m sharing about a FREE novella by Tari Faris on my blog today, but I’m also in the middle of listening to Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. I’m absolutely loving it–both the story and the narration. Here’s the first line from chapter 16:

    The day arrived on which the masters were to have an interview with a deputation of the work-people.

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. I’m late this weekend because I just got back from being out of town. I will share a book that was waiting for me in the mailbox — Living Lies by Natalie Walters. “Just let go.”

    Have a great week!

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