First Line Friday #103

Posted March 6, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 14 Comments


Happy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is:


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489 BC

Vashti moved through the palace gardens, cradling her bulging middle.

I have been waiting for this one for a while so I’m glad that I was finally able to start it today. I’m not very far into it yet but with Esther being one of my favorites I’m excited to see how the author makes her story play out.

About the Book:

In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

About the Author:Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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.

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14 responses to “First Line Friday #103

  1. Kay Garrett

    In my opinion, only the coldest heart could resist a puppy. Beverly Ruchart apparently possessed an artic heart.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line comes from The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear
    June1,1797 Knox County, Tennessee
    It was unbecoming to be jealous of a dear friend’s marriage.

  3. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade:

    “The hospital’s electronic doors whooshed open as Penelope Quinn rushed toward the emergency room.”

  4. Ellie

    I’m currently reading Sweet on You by Becky Wade and the first line is “Five hundred and eleven days had passed since he’d last seen her. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  5. I’m sharing from A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews on my blog today. This is the second line:

    “The water lapped over her head, leaves and debris floating along the surface in the midmorning sun.”

    Happy Friday!

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