First Line Friday #113

Posted May 15, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 19 Comments


Happy Friday!

This week the book I’m featuring is:


Pathways | Amazon | Goodreads

My future is waiting, a spark in the distance burning steadily brighter as the train approaches the city.

Y’all… WOW! Okay so this book doesn’t officially release until later this month on the 26th, but WOW. I’ve had a really hard time being able to get sucked into books right now with all of the quarantine madness, but this one held me captive! Even though this is a genre I would read normally, my emotions have been pretty up and down so I have been sticking to lighter reads. There were parts in this one that definitely made me cry, but Amanda Barratt’s storytelling was absolutely masterful. I don’t even have the right words to do it justice. I’ll be sharing my full review soon, but until then just take my word on it and either pre-order or get your hands on a copy once it releases. Just don’t forget to have tissues handy. Sooo good!

About the Book:

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor–that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler’s machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife’s edge of discovery by the gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she’s been brought up to believe in the fuhrer’s divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life–students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they’re all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.

About the Author:Amanda  Barratt

ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story–a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas, including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at

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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19 responses to “First Line Friday #113

  1. Kay Garrett

    “Love is in the air…” I sang as I walked to campus in my cheetah sandals.
    COMING UP MURDER by Mary Angela
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    The White Rose Resists is in my near future!

    My first lines are from The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch:

    Seaton Estate Berkshire, England January 4, 1813

    “You’ll do as you’re told if you know what’s good for you. I won’t be humiliated again.”

    Just finished this phenomenal book!

  3. Happy Friday!

    That’s a phenomenal first line. What a great start to the story!

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line from What If I Loved You by Mandi Blake:

    “Liz stared at a loose thread on the arm of Mr. Garrison’s couch as the tears dried on her face.”

    I hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  4. So this is based on a true story? I am of German background. My grandparents on my father’s side, were in East Germany during the war where my grandfather actually spent much of his time in a Russian prison camp while my grandmother raised 5 children often standing in long feeding lines. Thankfully, they were able to leave the country before the iron curtain went up. This book fascinates me. I know it’s a fiction, but I wonder how much of it is based on truth. It’s always good to read that there were Germans who resisted the dictator.

    My current read is Meant for Her by Joy Avery Melville. I will share the first line from Chapter 3, which is where I’m at right now. “The scent of grassy hay, sweet feed, warm horse flesh, and leather tack calmed Candi when she stepped through the main door of the stable.” I wish you a wonderful weekend!

    • It’s based on a real group of college students but there is some fact and fiction in the characters themselves. I won’t spoil here but the authors note at the end reveals some of that. It’s evident she loves history and a lot of research went into creating it.

  5. Ellie

    I’m currently reading Amish Reckoning by Jocelyn McClay. The first line is “Today was going to change his life.” Happy reading!

  6. Happy Friday! 🙂
    On my blog I’m sharing from Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette. I’m currently on chapter 20, so I’ll share from there.
    “My family and Hakim’s family, along with Baz and his wife and daughters, were gathered around the long table in the courtyard, oil lamps flickering joyfully along its length.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 😀❤📚

  7. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “More Than Friends” by Autumn Macarthur:

    “Catriona Maclean returned the phone to its niche, slumped onto the worn oak bench in the entrance hall of the manse, and groaned out loud. She needed a man.”

  8. I hope to read this one soon! My first line is from The Bridge to Belle Island “Benjamin Booker sat in the Old Bailey, pulse pounding. His most important case to date had finally been called to trial–his chance to prove himself to the firm’s partners.”
    Happy Friday!

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