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First Line Fridays - Week Nineteen - Close to You

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hello and welcome to First Line Friday!!! *Deep inhale*  Do you smell that? Fall is in the air! And I am SOOOOOO excited! Fall is by FAR my favorite season (although Christmas is my favorite holiday). Yesterday I celebrated my birthday and was very spoiled by the hubs. And this weekend we will be putting the finishing touches on my reading nook! SOOOO excited!!! (There is a lot of excitement going on in this house right now hehe.) Here are a couple pictures of the current state of my nook:

Judah helping me dust.
Zach has to finish putting up a few
brackets before I can put my books on.

Ok...On to my First Line now...I came home with 28 NEW books from Christian Fiction Readers Retreat last week...Yes I will have a special post (hopefully this weekend) all about CFRR and ACFW. Bottom line...I had a BLAST. I decided to start Close to You by Kara Isaac on the way home. I LOVE IT!!! SO MUCH!!! Add it to Goodreads, request it from your library, order it on Amazon...Do whatever you need to do to get it into your hands! (Description and links below.) All I heard was New Zealand and Tolkien and I was sold!

"The pathetic state of Allison Shire's existence was perfectly summed up by the size-twelve prosthetic feet mocking her from the floor of the Mercedes minibus."

What is your first line? Post it below and then head over and have more First Line fun! And have a fantabulous Labor Day weekend!

About the Book

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?



  1. Your reading nook is coming along great! I'm looking forward to seeing the after photos.

    Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, I complained to myself, because no one was there to listen. - Master Potter and the Mountain of Fire by Jill Austin


    1. Oh deadlines, I feel their pain! Haha! Thank you Caryl!

  2. Sooo looking forward to reading this one!!!

    Here is my first line:

    Katie Chupp felt a chill run through her as she unlocked the door to The Sweet Shop.
    ~Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by Naomi Miller

  3. I just started a book from an author whom I have not yet read a book, and I could hardly wait to post her first line. "I understand your reservations about hiring a draftswoman, but I've seen Miss Sinclair's work, & it's exemplary." From Make-Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn And I loved this line when talking about her appearance: "The Lord deserved all the credit as her Creator, but she got to enjoy the admiration His handiwork brought about." LOVE it!!!

  4. Loving the reading nook so far!

    I'm on my way up to Hood River, Oregon for a book signing with Jane Kirkpatrick and Rebecca DeMarino, so here is the first line of the prologue from Jane's new novel This Road We Traveled:

    "It was a land of timber, challenge, and trepidation, forcing struggles beyond any she had known, and she'd known many in her sixty-six years."

  5. My first line is from Identity Unknown by Terri Reed (October release), part of the Northern Border Patrol series. I Love being on street teams where I can get a sneak peek before anyone else gets them :-)

    “Two Guards at the south entrance.” Canadian Border Patrol Services Agent officer Nathanial Longhorn spoke into the microphone attached to his flak vest.”

    I’m well over halfway through and I am LOVING the hero already, such a gentleman! Who can’t remember who he is....

    There’s your teaser for the week :-)

  6. We're getting to be as good as Carrie with the book pushing... it's rubbing off! LOL! I'm showing your book nook to my husband to inspire him to strive for a greater level of bookish supportiveness.
    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of pastries is in need of a hungry man." Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant
    "Get off the sidelines, Amelia." The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert
    "The moment Holly had imagined, dreaded, and obsessed over had arrived." Love in the Details by Becky Wade
    All part of To Have and To Hold and now I'm dying to sit here and read it straight through!!!

    1. Haha! Good luck my dear! I am so thankful to have a bookish husband who is also handy with woodwork haha! Meeting Katie Ganshert was so much fun!!! Love these lines!

  7. i LOVE your reading nook!! And I LOVE the book pushing hahahaha!


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