First Line Friday #74

Posted August 16, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 24 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is:


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Overhead, there was no sky.

Y’all, I can’t even tell you how excited I am to read this book! I am hoping to goodness that I can get caught up on my urgent TBR’s so that I can dig into it! I knew that there was no way that I was going to go to FRS this year without a copy of it coming home with me 🙂 Amanda Barratt happened to be one of the author’s attending the event, so not only was I able to get my book signed, but I was able to meet her in person and chat books and life <3

When you have a whole herd of book nerds released into a Christian bookstore (WITH CARTS!!), you can imagine the chaos that ensued. No worries though, while we emptied the shelves there were some wonderful employees filling them back up behind us! 😉 Just about everyone who didn’t already own this one went home with a copy 🙂

About the Book:

A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison
Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over government. But what few realize is that the last years of his life also held a love story that rivals any romance novel.

Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give another piece of her heart to a man so likely to share the same final fate? Yet when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an old family friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn’t always logical.

Dietrich himself has determined to keep his distance from romantic attachments. There is too much work to be done for God, and his involvement in the conspiracy is far too important. But when he encounters a woman whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he’s unprepared for how easy it is to give away his heart.

With their deep love comes risk–and neither Dietrich nor Maria is prepared for just how great that risk soon becomes.

Based on detailed historical research and including photos from both Maria’s and Dietrich’s lives, this is a true love story at once beautiful and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new light on a world-famous theologian . . . and the woman who changed his life.

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 spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical novels and novellas, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. Her novel My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, releases from Kregel Publications in June 2019.

She’s also the author of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey, as well as seven novellas with Barbour Publishing. Two of her novellas have been finalists in the FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

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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24 responses to “First Line Friday #74

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    My first lines are from Deadly Intentions by Rachel Dylan.
    Chapter 2.

    The impact with the car’s air bag felt like a head-on collision with a train. Smoke filled the air. Fine dust settled around her. She couldn’t breathe. Couldn’t think. The car rolled one more time, then settled upright.

  2. Kay Garrett

    “Come on, Nathan,” nine yer old Paige whispered with urgency. “Hurry before Daddy wakes up.”
    SUGARPLUM HOMECOMING by Linda Goodnight
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Redemption Road” by Christa MacDonald:

    “The jingle of sleigh bells rang out as the door to the shop swung open.”

  4. Suzie W.

    It’s an amazing book and I am still floored some in her early twenties wrote such beautiful words!! Plus Amanda is so sweet. I met her last year at the ACFW conference here in Nashville.

  5. I’ve heard great things about this book and it’s on my tbr list. 🙂

    I’m sharing on my blog the first line from When Mountains Sing by Stacy Monson.

    The clash of cologne, sweat, and ego assaulted her senses as it did every weekday morning.

  6. Happy Saturday!

    I’m currently reading Trial by Patience by Tabitha Bouldin.

    “Sully galloped down the trail.”

    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  7. Great book! Here’s the first line from my book club’s next selection — Cost of Betrayal. It comes from the novella by Dee Henderson. “Ann Falcon eased toward the front of the crowd.”

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