Thursday, August 24, 2017

First Line Friday: Pope Francis Edition


Happy First Line Friday!

This week I am sharing a line from a book that I am really hoping I will love, because I really kind of love the subject of the book A LOT. I am not Catholic, but I absolutely adore Pope Francis. I love his message and his position on so many social issues, and we are so lucky to have him in our world. At my imaginary dinner party, he would be seated between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Bernie Sanders, across from William Marshal and Dan Jones. Can you even begin to imagine these conversations?? It would be the best dinner party ever.

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"Many of us who have an interest IN our families' immigrant pasts have visited the port or THE town where our forebears arrived, lived, and struggled. We try to imagine the day of their arrival, the weather, the smell, the crowds, the anxiety. I have wandered the streets of Boston looking at the same sights my Irish maternal relatives must have seen; I have wondered what they must have felt when they read signs that said 'IRISH NEED NOT APPLY'."

Let me know what you think and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have waiting for you this week.


Happy Reading!

Sarah

29 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. My laughter just exploded at the thought of that dinner!

    I've got the first line from "Will Not See" by Chautona Havig over on my blog today. Since it's the second book in the 'Sight Unseen' series, I thought I would share the first line (or two) from the first book in the series, "None So Blind", here:

    "Her arm stretched out from beneath the covers. Later, she would admit that in that moment her world changed irrevocably."

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Would it not be one of the greatest dinner parties ever?? I can't even. There are so many questions I want to ask Eleanor. *Sigh*

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  2. Huge hands ripped at Cole Sanders' shirt and yanked him away from Audrey Vaughn's embrace. Tackling the Fields by Janet Ferguson

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. You too Caryl, thank you for sharing!

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  3. I would love to see that dinner! Hahah!

    I'm featuring "A Name Unknown" by Roseanna M. White on the blog today, but the closest book I have to me right now is "The Writing Desk" by Rachel Hauck.

    "This should by night of triumph. To be queen of her world. An acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author with the literati bowing at her feet."

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. You are welcome to attend it also - the more the merrier :) But I will warn you, I will monopolize most of Eleanor's time, haha! Thanks for sharing your line

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from Destitutio by Brett Armstrong, which I am excited to start reading:
    “The grisly, grey swirls churned up before Marcus, a thin mask to the merciless heat.”

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    1. Hey Becky, thank you for sharing your line, hope your weekend has been relaxing and book-filled :)

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  5. Happy Friday! My Line this week is from C.S.Lewis. He was a Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, so I guess he knew about all those people.
    I'd love to just have met him, never mind invited him to a dinner party. And J.R.R.Tolkien as well.

    One the subject of fairy tales which included realistic depictions of evil being unsuitable for children he wrote one of his most famous lines
    "Since it is very likely that they (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage"

    from 'Three Ways of Writing for Children' in the book 'Of These and Other Worlds'.

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    1. Happy Sunday...a week late. I can only imagine what other people's dinner parties would be like, we could combine them into one massive party and it would be amazing.

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  6. This weekend I'm reading Kim Vogel Sawyer's "Bringing Maggie Home." I'm a little over halfway and it's such a GREAT read! Here's the first line:
    Mid-July 1943
    "Hazel set a porcelain cup and saucer on the overturned apple crate in front of her little sister. 'Madam, would you like cream and sugar in your tea?'"

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    1. Hey Amanda, thank you for sharing your line with me! Hope your weekend is going well.

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  7. Sorry the title is Of This and Other Worlds. Not 'These'. Silly me.

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    1. I am very interested in the book, thanks for correcting the title!

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  8. Conner O'Shea braced his boots against the auction block and glared at the crowd gathered on the landing.
    From The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

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    1. Hey Paula, thank you for sharing your line. Happy Sunday!

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  9. That last part.... heart-breaking.
    My first line this week is from Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo
    "He took the pinch of cotton Sue offered and rubbed it between his short, pudgy fingers."

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    1. Right?? Thank you for sharing your line Trisha, happy Sunday!

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  10. That's a fascinating first line!

    I'm currently in the middle of reading Rule of Law by Randy Singer. It's not typically a genre (military/legal) I read, but it's so engaging. Here's the first line:

    "They descended like vultures from the C-17 transport plane, silhouettes against a quarter moon in a tar-black sky."

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    1. It is! And I really heart Pope Francis, so I am really into the book. He is certainly the pope that the world needs right now.

      Isn't it kind of cool to find a genre that you were never really into before but a book hooks you that you were not expecting to be so engrossed in? Happy Sunday!

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  11. Looks like a fascinating book. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tima, it is. I really admire Pope Francis and his journey. He is definitely the pope that the world needs right now! Happy Sunday

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  12. My first line is coming from the next book I'm hoping to read (okay, honest truth, I've already started it but have set it aside a week or two).
    "Joyanna Shein glanced at her parents. She knew there was something wrong...there had been something wrong for days."
    A Question of Honor, by Jesseca Wheaton

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    1. I do that all the time. I intend to wait until I have finished a few others but I am impatient and I ultimately decide them to start it anyway, and end up with 54 books on my Currently Reading' list. I'm serious, that's how many I have going right now! But to be fair, many are about Eleanor and her time for my own research/book.

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  13. My first line is going to be the first paragraph because It is short! It’s from These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart. And her writing has captured me again!
    Francine Howard stepped off the bus into another world. She should have been prepared. She’d studied the Frontier Nursing information until she almost knew it by heart. That should have given her a glimpse into this place.

    There are sooo many good quotes to glean from this book and I’m only on page 53!

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    1. I love when I can't stop quoting a book, because it usually means I will have tons to say in my review. At least, I love it when it is a great book. It is not so fun when it is a terrible book and I am noticing lots of mistakes. Happy Friday!

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  14. Happy Friday!!

    My first line is from For Such a Moment by Marie Wells Coutu:

    “Ellen Nielson scanned the large office, seeking a secret corner where she could escape.”

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Becky! Thank you for sharing your line :)

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  15. A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer :
    October 15, 1940
    Will Fleming sprinted down the street. The soles of his black Oxfords pounded the cobblestones, yet his footfalls went unheard over the air raid siren’s howl.

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