First Line Friday #35


Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is:


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New York City
September 1859

Sophie Neumann nuzzled her nose against Danny’s chest.

Anyone else excited for this release?? So I originally planned to read one more book before digging into this one… until I opened it up to copy the first line and fell in lol. What can I say? It’s a hazard to open a book and share the first line when you’re in-between books! I can’t even tell you how giddy I felt when I found out I was part of the influencer team for this book. I’ve read the other books in this series and have LOVED them all so far so I’m very excited to dig in and see how Jody concludes it all 🙂

About the Book:

Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won’t abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he’s in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?

About the Author:Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.


15 thoughts on “First Line Friday #35

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from “This Courageous Journey” by Misty M. Beller:

    “Today, we left the train – forever, if my aching limbs could decide the matter.”

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  2. This book is next on my reading list, and I’m super excited to dive in!!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak! The book is FREE (limited time – this weekend only).

    I’m currently reading Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer. I’ll share the first line from chapter 23
    “Where’d Mr. Bennett and Mr. Whelan go, Miss Becky?”

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  3. I want to read that one. I haven’t posted yet, but I have a few on the go. I am reading Killalot by Cindy Brown and here it the first paragraph as the first sentence needs some more info.

    “Ow.” It hurt when Riley hugged me. Partly because he was strong, partly because he was wearing chainmail. But mostly because he was wearing chainmail in the Arizona sun. I craned my neck to look at my upper arm. “I think I actually got a burn from your armor.”

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  4. This one is coming up on my review pile! I am SO excited to read it.

    Happy Friday. 😃

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Gone Too Soon by Melody Carlson. So far, I am enjoying the book. I’m just starting chapter 4 in Gone Too Soon, so I will share it’s first line here.

    “I don’t think anyone observed me sneak out the backdoor.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 📚💜

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    1. Just make sure you start it when you have plenty of time to sit still because you won’t want to put it down! lol Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to see what you think of your book this week. It sounds interesting!


  5. Happy Friday!

    Today, my first lines come from A Vineyard Christmas by Jean Stone…

    The turnout was better than Annie had expected. It was, after all, a bitter, see-your-breath kind of morning, with a brisk December wind whirling around Vineyard Sound.

    Have an awesome weekend and stay warm!😊💕

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  6. Hi! Happy Friday.

    I shared the first couple of lines from my current read, Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi. I have only started it today and am just on the second chapter, so I will share the first few lines from chapter 2 here instead.

    The girl’s braid hasn’t fallen out in three days. Her hair is sunlight incarnate, and the strand weave together in a smooth and seamless pattern that leaves me sick with wonder. I wish I could speak to her. I wonder if her voice is rough or soft.

    Hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend! 😀

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  7. On my blog I’m featuring A Tale of Two Hearts: Book 2 in Once Upon a Time Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep. I’m currently reading A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews. Since I’m on Chapter Two, I will share the first line from this chapter. “You told him what?” Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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