First Line Friday – Night Bird Calling

Posted January 8, 2021 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 8 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is Night Bird Calling by Cathy Gohlke 🙂

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Baker Book House | Amazon | Goodreads

My mother was a beautiful woman, a magnificent and generous woman who loved music and poetry and literature and gardens.

I have been impatiently waiting for this one to release and pre-ordered my copy months ago. It finally arrived last week and I just started reading it yesterday. I’m enjoying it so far and curious to see how everything works out 🙂

About the Book:

From award-winning author Cathy Gohlke, whose novels have been called “haunting” (Library Journal on Saving Amelie) and “page-turning” (Francine Rivers on Secrets She Kept), comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII.
When Lilliana Swope’s beloved mother dies, Lilliana gathers her last ounce of courage and flees her abusive husband for the home of her only living relative in the foothills of No Creek, North Carolina. Though Hyacinth Belvidere hasn’t seen Lilliana since she was five, she offers her cherished great-niece a safe harbor. Their joyful reunion inspires plans to revive Aunt Hyacinth’s estate and open a public library where everyone is welcome, no matter the color of their skin.

Slowly Lilliana finds revival and friendship in No Creek–with precocious eleven-year-old Celia Percy, with kindhearted Reverend Jesse Willard, and with Ruby Lynne Wishon, a young woman whose secrets could destroy both them and the town. When the plans for the library also incite the wrath of the Klan, the dangers of Lilliana’s past and present threaten to topple her before she’s learned to stand.

With war brewing for the nation and for her newfound community, Lilliana must overcome a hard truth voiced by her young friend Celia: Wishing comes easy. Change don’t.


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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8 responses to “First Line Friday – Night Bird Calling

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  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I want to read Cathy’s book!
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    The lively tune on the piano couldn’t keep up with the smile in Madysen’s heart.

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