Friday, September 29, 2017

First Line Fridays

So I am starting a little early this year with my Christmas reading.  I decided to pick up Michelle Griep's new book 12 Days at Bleakly Manor.  I absolutely love the cover, and I am looking forward to reading Clara Chapman's story.  Do you enjoy reading Christmas books?  If so, please let me know which ones--I would love recommendations!

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 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Alicia from A Brighter Destiny  
  Ellie from Sprinkles and Pink  
Susan from Susan Loves Books  

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!

And stay tuned for next week's new First Line Fridays!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

12 Days at Bleakly Manor
by Michelle Griep 

And the first line is...

London, 1850

"Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell." 

Happy reading and happy Friday! 


  1. Oh dear. Bah humbug!

    I'm featuring the first line from Melissa Tagg's "All This Time" on my blog this week. I can't believe the Walker Family series is finished! 😭 But here, I'm going to share the first line from Chapter 1 of Toni Shiloh's new release, Returning Home:

    Jo Ellen Baker slammed the tailgate of her pickup shut.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Bah A friend of mine works at a local craft store, and she told me that they put up their Christmas trees and decorations in July. :) Happy Friday!

  2. Happy Friday! I'm going to be starting my holiday books too. I went a little crazy requesting on Netgalley!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  3. Oh, I really enjoyed reading 12 Days at Bleakly Manor! Enjoy!
    By the way, there is a GIVEAWAY on the Hoarding Books site for anyone to enter. :)

  4. I love reading Christmas books. One I can think of is Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful by Susan May Warren; Reunited at Christmas by Belle Calhoune, and I'm excited that Tamara Alexander's Christmas at Carnton is coming out in days.
    Happy Friday! My first line is from Magnolia Storms by Janet Ferguson:
    “Fear and loss snaked around Magnolia Marovich’s heart like they always did when she studied the satellite images on the three computer screens in front of her. Not again."

    1. Thank you so much for the Christmas book recommendations! Happy Friday! :)

  5. I keep hearing so many amazing things about this story. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

    I'm featuring "All This Time" by Melissa Tagg on the blog today, but for here, I'll share my first line from Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh. It's one of the three books I'm currently reading and I'm loving it so far.

    "Beth Whitaker hated flowers."

    Happy Weekend!

    1. Oh goodness, how can anyone hate flowers?! Happy Friday! :)


  6. A small group of friends had assembled in Mrs. Pollifax’s living room on this warm July evening. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

    Happy Friday and reading!

    1. I love mysteries, and these books look so interesting! Happy Friday!

  7. *releases a squeal* I JUST got her book in a giveaway!! I don't usually read giveaway books immediately, but this one just has me intrigued!! On my shelf to be read (as soon as I'm cleared up of review reads).

    1. That's awesome--congratulations! I still have to read Griep's short story in the novella collection Of Rags to Riches. :) Happy Friday!

  8. My first line is : from an Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter.
    The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soo. Leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.