Friday, May 17, 2019

First Line Fridays


This week I decided to highlight another classic.  Mostly because I just finished watching this beloved story again.  This film is so incredible, and a fun fact to remember is that this movie was released at the same time as The Wizard of Oz.  What are some of your favorite old movies?  Let me know if the comments below!  Happy reading friends! 

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Gone With the Wind 
by Margaret Mitchell 



And the first line is...

"Scarlet O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.  In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father."

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Passengers - Spotlight Book Tour





Passengers 

by Elizabeth Collums


Publication Date: December 7, 2018
Amite River Press
eBook; 185 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction



During the Great Irish Famine, the Ewing family made their way from their rural cottage to the village of Highland Way. Annie, the oldest daughter was left to care for her mother and younger sister after her father left to find work in Dublin. A mysterious letter arrives from America forcing Annie, Lily, and Katy into a harrowing journey. The hand written note not only will expose deep secrets, it will also challenge the strength and fortitude of the Ewing women, leading each member into their own soul searching voyage. Follow this extraordinary passage that begins in Ireland and leads each woman to uncover their own courage and truths in this new world.

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Ann C. Purvis chose to publish her first novel under her birth name, Elizabeth Collums--this is her true roots and where she has drawn from many of the experiences she wrote about. She lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana and enjoys DIY projects. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter, son-in-law, two amazing granddaughters, and her dog Daisy.




What I wanted to be when I grew up was never addressed in my house.  My Dad was gone a lot as a truck driver trying to scratch out a living for us so my mom was my only companion. I called myself an unaccompanied minor long before that phrase was popular.  Because, you see, physically she was in the house, but mentally she was in her own world.  Maybe she still had an emotional hangover from The Great Depression that she often dwelled on or it could have been the dark cloud of the Vietnam War that overshadowed any thought of dreams or celebrations in our home.  My mom worried for years that my brother would be drafted and then she stayed in a deep depression when he was and then she didn’t want to let him go when he came home alive and well.  She was so consumed with bitterness of the past and worry of the future she didn’t make room for living her life much less mine.

So, I made every feeble attempt behind my closed bedroom door to reach for my own stars with my dog, Pete, and every stuffed or plastic creature I owned.  Public speaking? No problem.  I had spent countless hours practicing my very own interview with Johnny Carson in front of my dresser mirror. Sewing? No problem. I taught myself how to sew by making clothes for my dolls.  Writing? Again no problem.  Whatever the teachers assigned, I did double what they asked for.  My room was my sanctuary. However, nothing my parents did or didn’t do could keep me from putting my best foot forward to get out and on my way.

I think so often how sad for my mom that she spent most of her life looking down and missed out on the journey. That’s what life is. One event after another.  I’ve had more than my share of making stupid decisions, as well as experiencing personal triumphs.  I’ve been married, had children, grandchildren, widowed and emptied nested.  I’ve worked at jobs ranging from cleaning houses to postal work.  And it’s been the most colorful, aggravating, heartbreaking, joyous, challenging, earth shaking, blessed life I could’ve ever imagined. And I have never been alone. God always sent the right person at the right time, as long as I was looking up.

My bucket list is long. Publish my book, travel to Ireland, United Kingdom, see penguins and pandas up close and personal, learn how to ride a horse, master a pottery wheel.....and the list goes on and on.  I don’t ever want to forget to dream, learn, explore and yes, I still play make believe.  Every time I look in the mirror, I still see that little girl from the reflection of this sixty-one year old, young woman. 




Monday, May 13 Review at Bookish Sarah Review at Comet Readings Tuesday, May 14 Feature at What Is That Book About Review & Interview at Passages to the Past Wednesday, May 15 Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Thursday, May 16 Review at Pursuing Stacie Feature at Coffee and Ink Friday, May 17 Feature at The Book Junkie Reads Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen


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Friday, May 10, 2019

First Line Fridays


Happy Friday friends!  It's time for another First Line Friday, and I couldn't seem to decide which book to feature this week, so I thought I would pick a classic.  Classic literature has always been my favorite, because it's where I started learning to love the written word.

I still remember reading Little Women and Oliver Twist when I was a young girl.  What are some of the first books you read?  Which were your favorites?  As always, happy reading!

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Little Women 
by Louisa May Alcott 



And the first line is...

"'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug."  

 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!