First Line Friday – If It Rains

Posted July 9, 2021 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 5 Comments


Happy Friday!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve participated, but I’m working toward getting myself back into the swing of things. This next month may be a bit hit or miss still, but hopefully by next month I’ll be able to get myself back into a groove and get back to posting.

The book I’m featuring this week is If It Rains by Jennifer L Wright

If It Rains

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Helen lost her third baby on the day of my sister’s wedding.

At this point it’s pretty rare for me to stumble across a book without hearing about it first (because… ya know… book blogger haha), and jumping to preorder it but that’s exactly what happened in the case of this one. I believe it was back during the Black Friday sales that the cover caught my eye when browsing Baker Book House’s preorder sale and the premise had me intrigued. I also remember seeing that it was from a debut author. My copy arrived just a few days ago and I started reading it earlier today (it’s Thursday night as I’m typing this). I’m already almost halfway through. What can I say? There are things I just need to know! haha. So far it’s really good and I would highly recommend it 🙂

About the Book:

It’s 1935 in Oklahoma, and lives are determined by the dust. Fourteen-year-old Kathryn Baile, a spitfire born with a severe clubfoot, is coming of age in desperate times. Once her beloved older sister marries, Kathryn’s only comfort comes in the well-worn pages of her favorite book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Then Kathryn’s father decides to relocate to Indianapolis, and only the promise of a surgery to finally make her “normal” convinces Kathryn to leave Oklahoma behind. But disaster strikes along the way, and Kathryn must rely on her grit and the ragged companions she meets on the road if she is to complete her journey.

Back in Boise City, Melissa Baile Mayfield is the newest member of the wealthiest family in all of Cimarron County. In spite of her poor, rural upbringing, Melissa has just married the town’s most eligible bachelor and is determined to be everything her husband—and her new social class—expects her to be. But as the drought tightens its grip, Henry’s true colors are revealed. Melissa covers her bruises with expensive new makeup and struggles to reconcile her affluent life with that of her starving neighbors. Haunted by the injustice and broken by Henry’s refusal to help, Melissa secretly defies her husband, risking her life to follow God’s leading.

Two sisters, struggling against unspeakable hardship, discover that even in their darkest times, they are still united in spirit, and God is still with them, drawing them home.

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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5 responses to “First Line Friday – If It Rains

  1. Kim Rosso

    “Every wave in that big old blue sea is a story.” From Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

  2. I’m reading Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese. It’s absolutely amazing. Here’s a line from the chapter I’m currently on: “in the eighth grade I went on my first-ever real camping trip to the mountains with a group from my school.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    August 1870
    Independence, Missouri

    “When a man grows up in wild country, huntin’ food, eyes wide open for trouble, he knows when he’s being watched.
    From A Man With A Past by Mary Connealy

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