First Line Friday #11

Welcome to First Line Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. I have a feeling our weekend will be filled with tissues, sleep, and cranky children as we handle a little bit of a summer bug the kids had no problem sharing.

Today I’m sharing the first line from Becky Wade’s debut novel. This is the first book I read by her, and from then on I was hooked. She’s one of my favorite authors and I can’t get enough.

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About the Book:

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance, takes a leave of absence from her job as a social worker, and the two of them set off.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man her grandmother has hired to renovate the house. From the first moment she meets Matt, Kate can’t help but be attracted to him–he’s got a combination of good looks and charisma that draw and tug at her. But she knows there’s zero chance of a romance between them. Matt’s in love with his dead wife, and even if he weren’t, Kate realizes that she’s way too ordinary for him. For Matt Jarreau is no ordinary guy. Kate discovers that he was once a great NHL hockey player who left the sport when his wife–an honest-to-goodness former Miss America–was diagnosed with brain cancer. Matt’s been hiding from people, from God, and from his past ever since. Yet Kate is absolutely determined to befriend him, to try to reach him, to help him in some small way.

No, Kate’s not looking for love. She knows better than that by now. But when the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

First Line:

“There once was a girl who’d been praying for a husband since the fourth grade. Over the years she’d prayed for his health, his happiness, his protection, and–okay–sometimes for his good looks. She prayed that she would meet him when she was meant to. Except she hadn’t.”

I think many women can relate. What a great line! Check out first lines from some of my blogging friends.

Reading is My Superpower

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian Books

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado

Bibliophile Reviews

Kathleen Denly

Lauraine’s Notes

With A Joyful Noise

A Baker’s Perspective

Joy of Reading

C Jane Read 

Molly’s Cafinated Reads

Cross Romance

If you’d like to join in on the First Line Friday fun, contact Carrie at Reading is My Superpower.

Your Turn:

In the comments below, share a first line from the book nearest you.


  1. Caryl Kane

    So sorry your family is ill!

    August 1912

    She could have been more than she was.

    The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White

  2. Rebecca Van Daniker

    Awww hope your family feels better soon!

    This is on my TBR/ I need to read this soon!

    My line is from To The Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden.

    Jenny Bennett woke as pebbles clattered against the window.”

  3. Becky Smith

    LOVED Becky Wade’s book (s)!!
    Happy Friday! My first line (actually first 3 lines) is from His Secret Alaskan Heiress by Belle Calhoune:
    ” ‘Here it is. Fresh out of the oven. One reindeer pizza with feta and spinach,’ Sophie announced in a chirpy voice as she set the order down in the middle of the table.”

  4. JaneReads

    This was the book that introduced me to Becky Wade and now I always pick up her new books as soon as they come out. Loved it and that first line is great!

  5. Andi

    Love that series by Becky Wade. A true favorite! Happy Weekend!

  6. Amanda Tero

    Aw… I love that first line!!

    Now that I have a bookshelf within reach of my desk, I’m grabbing one I hope to read this year.
    “Romulus White stood motionless in the crowded ballroom, staring at a woman he’d once longed for more than his next breath of air.”
    – From this Moment, by Elizabeth Camden

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