First Line Friday #59

first line fridayHappy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is:

The Refuge

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October 9, 1849

You Can’t cheat death.

I just received my copy of this book and can’t wait to read it! Plus, isn’t that cover art GORGEOUS??

About the Book:

When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique–and lonely–position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family.

About the Author:Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann’s website

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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

21 thoughts on “First Line Friday #59

  1. Sounds like maybe they want to, though. 😉

    I’m currently reading The Trail Boss’s Bride and shared that first line over on my blog where I’m also hosting a giveaway. So here I will share the first line of the chapter I’m currently reading:

    There were few things more hair-raising than the threat of a cattle stampede in the teeth of a nighttime thunderstorm.

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  2. Fun to see the first line of my book, The Refuge here on The Becca Files on First Line Friday. 🙂 So I grabbed the book nearest me to join in and lucky for me it was another of my own novels, River to Redemption. Not what I’m reading right now, but it was hanging out here on my desk.

    Adria Starr didn’t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had.

    Hmm, sounds like I’m not letting my character cheat death in this one either.

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  3. “May I take you home from the signing?”
    Annie Beiler’s breath hitched, and her gaze shot from the dusty toes of her powder-blue tennis shoes to the drop-dead-gorgeous man standing not three feet in front of her. Unfortunately, his tentative smile wasn’t aimed in her direction.
    PROMISED TO ANOTHER by Laura V. Hilton
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  4. Great line and a pretty cover! Here are the first two lines from a book I am looking forward to — Living Lies by Natalie Walters. “Just let go. The breeze lifted Lane Kent’s auburn hair from the back of her neck.”

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first few lines from The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith: I am beginning chapter 20 so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Abishag’s mood slipped into melancholy as the months continued on after King David’s death, a mood she had not experienced to any great length since her mother had passed into Sheol.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting read. On my blog, I’m featuring Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears. My current read is Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. Since I’m about to start Chapter 5, I will share the first line from that chapter. “From a hazy woodland sleep, Davy and Douglas’s laughter along with that of the Walsh girls flooded through the open window.” May you enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Looks good! Today on my blog I featured the first line from Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin.

    “If my life were a book, no one would read it. “

    Have a great weekend Becca, Happy Reading!😊

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  8. Looking forward to reading Ann’s book some time! Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Sweet on You” by Becky Wade, and I can hardly wait to start it!

    “Five hundred and eleven days had passed since he’d seen her last.”

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  9. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma on my blog today, but here’s the first line from chapter two of my current read, When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell:

    “There’s something romantically hopeful about having a wedding in the middle of a war.”

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