Friday, January 6, 2017

First Line Fridays

Happy New Year everyone!  Throughout the months ahead, I pray each of you will see blessings and amazing adventures in 2017.  This last week went by so quickly, and it is already time for another First Line Friday.  Today's line comes from a new book I started reading this week entitled Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith.  I read the first book in this series last year called Hold Me Close.

In fact, Gray's first novel is on my top ten list of books for 2016, and you can read about that list on my blog.  Please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andi from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado

Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

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

Today I am going to post a line from:

Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith
by Marguerite Martin Gray 

And the first line is...

Atlantic Ocean 
May 1773

"His hands tightly gripped the railing, turning his knuckles a startling white compared to his wind-chapped tanned skin."  

Happy reading and happy Friday! 


  1. Hi Heather! I need to work this author into my tbr...

    After I catch up on blogging and reviewing, I'm diving into A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz...
    April 1777
    What cannot be cured must be endured.

    1. Hold Me Close is so good--a wonderful historical text with deep, interesting characters.

      I understand what you mean about catching up on blogging and reviewing--I guess with it being January I need to get back to work. Can it be Christmas time again though?! :)

  2. Hi Heather!

    My first line comes from The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

    Paris, France 1719

    There it was again. Suddenly wide awake, Julianne covered her ears.

    1. I hope to review that book soon! So excited to read it! :)

  3. My paragraph this week is from Tracy Borman's amazing and wonderful new book, The Private Lives of the Tudors.

    " 'I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.' This telling lament by Elizabeth I begs the question: did the Tudors have a private life at all? As monarchs, they were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers, ministers, and place-seekers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task."

    Happy Reading!

    1. This sounds so interesting--kudos to you on reading so many historical works! Have you ever read Philippa Gregory? I read The White Queen, The Read Queen, and The White Princess a few years ago, and they were very good.

    2. I have not. I really mostly stick to non-fiction. Part of it is that I really have a tough time with authors putting words into the mouths of real people whom I admire so much - especially Eleanor of Aquitaine! That is why I refuse to ever read any historical fiction about her. Others, I am more willing to give it a try if I think they will be done well.

    3. I understand what you mean. Yet if I know an author is going to stay true to the historical facts, it helps me to understand the real character even more--thereby understanding the time period and the people who were living during those days. It really humanizes an event in history.

    4. Agreed. I have seen it done very well, and seen it done very terribly.

  4. There is a distinct difference between a heroine with a promised happy ending and a prodigal who must design her own. Pepper Basham - The Thorn Keeper

    1. I haven't read anything by this author, but this looks like a really good book. I will have to add it to my to be read list on Goodreads. :)

  5. I love the story behind these books!

    1. I agree! I love how Gray weaves these amazing historical facts into her books.