Friday, February 24, 2017

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a lovely week.  How is the weather where you live?  Are you facing a tropical heatwave?  The weather where I live has been crazy.  Technically, it is still supposed to be winter; however, spring seems to have sprung early.  I love the warmer weather, but it would have been nice to wear sweaters and boots a bit longer.  What season do you prefer--winter or summer?

It's time for another first line, and this week I chose to look at the novel An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund.  This is the first book I have read by this author, and I chose it because it takes place during the Medieval Period--a time when lords, ladies, and knights abounded in the land.  These types of books are so interesting to read, because you can literally travel back to another place in history.  There is so much learn about these centuries, and I love learning more about the people who lived there through the eyes of various characters.  As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:   

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 

 And I want to welcome Amanda to the First Line Fridays fun! 

  Amanda from With a Joyful Noise

 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:

An Uncertain Choice 
by Jody Hedlund 

And the first line is...

Montfort Castle, Ashby 
In the year of our Lord 1390

"My slippered feet slapped the dirt road, and my heart hammered aginst my chest like a battering ram." 

Happy reading and Happy Friday!


  1. Well, I used to be a summer girl through and through, but I'm preferring the between-seasons as I get older - particularly since having my kids. But I'm definitely not a winter girl. Maybe if we had snow and actually made the cold worthwhile I would change my mind :-)

    My first lines this week come from The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection:

    1170 AD, Ciar's Kingdom, Ireland
    The skies were as unsettled as her own future.

    1715, Argyllshire, Scotland
    "Are ye ready, miss?"
    Meg's stomach twisted at Mother Aila's question.

    June 1798, New York City
    Abigail Van de Klerk opened the door to the house she shared with her father on Pearl Street.

    July 6, 1864, Roswell, Georgia
    Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.

    Late June 1890, Coronado Island, California
    Cold water slid across his body, the dip and rise of the swell bringing challenge to his course.

    1. Snow would be lovely to see. :) And I agree with you--I prefer the spring and fall more than the winter and summer nowadays. Thank you for including a line from each novella--what a great idea!

  2. Another book I want to read! My first line is:
    "The cheerful yellow house didn't look all that imposing as Silas Jones stood in front of its fence for the fourth time that day."
    From For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite

    1. I know...that is what is so lovely about First Line Fridays. I get to learn more about books and authors that I would otherwise have never heard of...and I get to buy more books. :)

  3. Thanks for the welcome! <3 :)

    I so love medieval!!

    My first line this week is from the favorite, Pride and Prejudice. ;)
    "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

    1. You are so welcome! That is my absolute favorite book--Pride and Prejudice. And one of the best first lines from any book ever my opinion. :)

  4. Jody writes some of my favorite books! Great choice!! Happy reading, and here is my first line

    “The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado.”-Fatality by Firelight
    A Cat Latimer Mystery, Book 2
    by Lynn Cahoon

    1. I added this book to my Amazon book wish list...the list is growing. :)

  5. I LOVE Jody's books!

    It was the second time in fifteen minutes that the power had gone out at the church, and it was noticeably darker this time. The Reason by William Sirls

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

    1. I'm excited to read some new books from a new author. :) This line sounds a bit scary...why did the lights go out?

  6. Happy Friday!

    My line is from "Women of the Twelfth Century" by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph this time around.

    "Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud - in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France - one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard's brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204."

    1. I'm always ok with being able to read more from a book. :)

    2. Right?!?! And when it is about someone so fascinating, it's not like I can really stop myself from sharing the whole book, ha!

  7. I found the box in the attic of an old farmhouse in Norway.
    ~East by Edith Pattou

    1. I love the country of Norway--I would love to visit there someday. And of course from this line, I want to know what was in the box. :)

  8. Hi Heather and Happy Friday.

    My first line comes from Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith.

    1297 BC

    Naomi lifted the hem of her robe as her feet fairly flew down Bethlehem's streets toward the outskirts of town.

    1. I saw that Revell recently published this book--I love reading fictional accounts about true events. It helps to give the reader a better understanding and perspective of the time period and those living there.

  9. My daughter loves this story (and I thought it was pretty good too!)

    A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall of the wedding chapel.
    The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin

    1. Wow...let's see, did someone decide not to get married? Or was a big secret just revealed?

  10. "Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: "Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons." - From Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles! Happy Friday!!!!

    1. When I think of the name Scarlet, Gone With the Wind always comes to mind. :)

  11. Yay!! I love anything by Jody Hedlund!!!