First Line Friday #84

Posted October 25, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 11 Comments

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Happy Friday!

This week the book I’m featuring is:

Memories of Glass

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Brilliant color flickered across her canvas of wall.

This one has been on my TBR since well before it released but I finally got my hands on a copy today. Earlier this week when my local book club met it was the read selected for us to do next so I can’t wait to finally dig in soon!

About the Book:

Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes.

1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape.

Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life―and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried.

Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports readers through time and place, from World War II Holland to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.

About the Author:Melanie Dobson

Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense.

Melanie is the award-winning author of almost twenty time-slip, historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, Catching the Wind won the Audie 2018 Inspirational Fiction award, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon’s work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn’t writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.

More information about her and her books is available on her website at You can also connect with Melanie 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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11 responses to “First Line Friday #84

  1. Kay Garrett

    “Welcome to Smythe Orchard,” I said, smileing brightly at the group of holiday shoppers stepping off a shuttle bus. “I’m Winona Mae Montgomery, but you can call me Winnie. I live here on the farm with my granny, who you all know as Granny Smythe.”
    APPLE CIDER SLAYING by Julie Anne Lindsey
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Ellie

    I’m sharing the first line from Stitches In Time by Suzanne Woods FIsher on my blog this week. I’m on chapter 4 so I’ll share the first line of that chapter here. “Later in the week, Luke drove by the Bent ‘N Dent one afternoon and slowed the horse.” I hope you have a nice weekend and lots of reading time!

  3. On my blog, I’m featuring The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter Nine of my current read, It All Started at the Masquerade by Janice Cole Hopkins. Melanie awoke to find Gemona sitting beside her bed watching her.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Wedding Dress Christmas” by Rachel Hauck:

    “In the glow of the town’s newly strung Christmas lights, all her fears seemed to fade.”

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