Friday, February 9, 2018

First Line Fridays


My favorite author is Jane Austen, and typically I do not read the modern stories that are connected to her works.  You just cannot improve classic literature!  :)  However, I keep seeing Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge, so I finally decided to pick up a copy.  I do love the the line on the front cover: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility.  And I am excited to start reading this novel, but for now, I will just include the first line instead of my review. 

Do you enjoy reading modern works that continue where a classic author left off in their story?  Or do you prefer to stick with the classic tale? Let me know in the comments below along with any book suggestions you might have.

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Jane of Austin 
by Hillary Manton Lodge 



And the fist line is...

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."  
                                    ~C.S. Lewis~  

December 2016
San Francisco, CA 

"'So you see,' Jonathan explained, 'what you've been paying as a lease for your little tea shop--it's well beneath market value.'"  

Happy reading and happy Friday!

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 







22 comments:

  1. Happy Friday!
    My first line comes from a book I will be reading soon, August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski…..

    I started wearing my grandmother’s old cat-eye glasses in June, right after my latest crush nearly crushed me.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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    1. Great first line! It makes me wonder how wearing her grandmother's glasses will help her melancholy. Happy Thursday!

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  2. Loved this book and I had the privilege of sitting at a table with Hillary Manton Lodge at the Christy Awards Gala last November.

    Four years to the day after the alien planet arrived above Earth, Sofi's papa had collapsed on the rickety front porch of their buttermilk-yellow farmhouse. --Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

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    1. That's amazing--what an honor! Happy Thursday!

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  3. I want to read this one so badly!

    I’m featuring “The Saturday Night Supper Club” by Carla Laureano on the blog today, but my first line here will be the book I’m currently reading, “Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky.

    February 1909
    Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!

    Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I love this first line! For some reason, it reminds me of Downton Abbey. :) Happy Thursday!

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  4. YAY! I just read this book and LOVE it!

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  5. That does sound interesting. On my blog, I’m featuring Wilted Dandelions by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield. Here I will share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Stone Creek, Michigan, 1900. “Sophia Bidershem jerked awake as the train whistle blew.” I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Train rides are so much fun! :) Happy Thursday Anneliese!

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  6. I want to read this book. I even own this book. But time seems to be so against me!

    Over on my blog, I am featuring Heather B. Moore's novel, Worth the Risk. I am very excited to read that book. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

    Here, I will post from the novel I am currently reading, A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green. It is an AMAZING story that I am enjoying wholeheartedly. I am just starting chapter 29, so I will share the first two lines from this chapter.

    Asylum, Pennsylvania
    July 1795

    Still damp with morning's dew, the cool earth soiled Vivienne's apron as she knelt in her garden, tugging weeds from between iris and yarrow. Geese soared overhead, soft brown chevrons against a sky of robin's-egg blue.

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    1. This looks like a wonderful book, and I love the vivid descriptions. I totally understand the need for more time to read...my bookshelves are full of TBR...lol. :) Happy Thursday!

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  7. Love the C.S. Lewis quote!

    Josie Gallagher gripped the letter from the county manager's office with tight hands. - Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading! :)

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    1. That is one of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis! :) Happy Thursday!

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  8. Happy Friday! My first line is from Forward to What Lies Ahead by Chloe S. Flanagan:

    "Regina's cellphone buzzed sharply, shattering the silence of her apartment and making her coffee table vibrate."

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    1. Intriguing first line...what happens next?! :) Happy Thursday!

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  9. I really want to read this one but haven't had the chance yet!


    I'm featuring Jennifer Rodewald's Valentine's Day novella on my blog, but at the moment I'm refreshing my memory on Mary Weber's The Evaporation of Sofi Snow:

    "The ice-planet arrived in the dusky heat of summer twilight during Earth's Fourth World War."

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you for reminding me! I need to feature a Valentine book tomorrow. :) Happy Thursday!

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  10. Not a promising start for Jonathan ;) I need to read this!

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    1. I agree Yvette! Happy Thursday and happy reading!

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