First Line Friday 3/29/2019

Hey y’all!

I am working on reading several wonderful books at the moment, most of which I plan to review in the coming weeks. However, instead of a review, today I am participating in First Line Friday, a weekly meme hosted at Hoarding Books!

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The book I am featuring today is The Persistence of Vision by Lisa Gery. I started reading this book a few days ago, and it did not take long for me to be drawn into the story. I am about halfway through at the moment, and there is so much going on! For the most part, I’m enjoying it, but I am anxious to see how things turn out.

The opening line is:

“I remember life before the fire. In those days, Main Street was a carnival of activity. Foot traffic pounded the brick sidewalk, lingered in the doorways, flowed and ebbed like blood through a beating heart.”

I had so many questions from the very beginning, and Gery does a wonderful job of giving enough answers along the way so that the reader is not too frustrated, while maintaining a level of suspense about the future at the same time.

About the Book:

Genre: Historical Fiction, early 1900s

Blurb (from Goodreads): In the sweltering summer of 1908 the people of Evansville are abuzz over the construction of the town’s first cinema, the Walt Theater. Annie Bartolet is witnessing the Walt’s progress firsthand, married to the project’s construction manager, Henry. As young parents, they are struggling to adapt to parenthood, and the changes in their own relationship. When Henry’s unemployed cousin Daniel comes to stay with them – a teenager on the cusp of adulthood with a past shrouded in vague secrecy – it places a new strain on an already complicated marriage. 

Seemingly insignificant, the motivations and decisions of this struggling family converge to set in motion a chain of events that lead to a disaster that will devastate the town – a horrific fire at the Walt Theater on opening night that reduces the town’s cherished jewel to ashes. In the aftermath of the tragedy, they must all confront the roles they played and the ramifications they face as they endeavor to find a way forward.

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You can participate in First Line Friday, too!

Grab the book you’re currently reading, want to read, recently finished, or any book you want to talk about, and share the first line! You can find the official linkup and several other participants over at Hoarding Books, and either leave a comment with your first line or write a post!


Until the next chapter,


8 thoughts on “First Line Friday 3/29/2019

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  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann:

    “Seated cross-legged on the floor of her bedroom with her two best friends, Clarise Aylward leaned forward and lit the candles on the birthday cake her mom had made for them.

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today I am sharing the first two lines from The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason on my blog: Currently, I am reading A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I will share a line from that book here.

    “Willie carried two steaming bowls to the scarred table in the corner of the small kitchen.”

    Hope your weekend is a good one. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

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  3. WOW!

    My First Line is, “The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed.”

    This is from The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by multiple authors.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings~ 💖

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  4. Happy Friday! I’m featuring Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen today. Here are the first lines from Chapter Nine:

    “This is it?” Jack peered at the rusty sign hung from the front of a rundown brick building. This wasn’t the ending to the morning he’d envisioned.

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  5. I shared from Glory Road by Lauren Denton on my blog. Here is the first line of another book in my TBR stack, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. “A biting gust of Cornish wind screamed downward from the churning sky, billowing Cordelia Greythorne’s jet-black traveling cape.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. I’m sharing the first line from A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Australian author Carolyn Miller on my blog today. I’m currently up to Chapter Seven, and here’s the first line:

    The next time at services Caroline did her best to recall why she attended, to fix her thoughts on the service and not on the gentleman seated two rows behind her on her left.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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