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First Line Fridays - 12/16/16 - Mountain Christmas Brides

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas is drawing nearer every day! My kiddos are loving the season. My 2 year old runs around saying "Rare-y" (His version of Merry) and my 4 year old checks his stocking every day to see if there are presents in it yet. It is so much fun experiencing Christmas through the eyes of my children. Everything new and exciting. The wonder and amazement. We have been reading a few verses from the Bible every day leading up to the birth of Jesus. It is important to me that they learn at an early age the reason we celebrate Christmas. 

This week I am featuring a lovely book filled with Christmas stories. Nine to be exact. Mountain Christmas Brides is a collection of novellas set in the mountains. Although it says Rocky Mountains, there are several novellas that tie together that are set in the Olympic Mountains which is Western Washington. 

Sharing all NINE first lines might be a little overwhelming, so today, I am just going to share the first line from the first novella. This one was written by Carrie Turansky, who I had the pleasure of meeting in Nashville this summer, and who gave me this book. I have enjoyed reading these stories. short, sweet and very much in the Christmas spirit!

A Trusting Heart
October, 1880
"The shrieking blast of the train whistle shook the platform of the Chicago Central Train Station."

This one has been my favorite in the collection so far! What is your favorite Christmas story??? 

Post the first line of your favorite Christmas Book below and head over to see what First Lines my lovely friends have today! 

Beth Erin - Faithfully Bookish
Andi - Radiant Light

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact Carrie on Reading is my SuperPower.


  1. MCB is on my wish list!

    Here is my first line from A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann
    Noelle pressed her back into the textured wall and tensed, her breathing fast and shallow.

  2. My first line comes from Regina Jennings new book For The Record
    October 1885
    Pine Gap, Missouri

    Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privilege of belonging to Texas.

  3. I love novella collections! :) I just downloaded a new one to my Kindle yesterday--The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection--and I bought three Christmas novella collections at Lifeway earlier this month. :)

    Here is my first line:

    The Christmas Box
    Richard Paul Evans

    "It may be that I am growing old in this world and have used up more than my share of allotted words and eager audiences."

  4. My Fist Line is from 'Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta' by Matthew Lewis. And it is actually a SHORT paragraph. Oops. Happy Friday!

    "King Henry III of England is a monarch who slips from the notice of history. Many famous events took place during his reign, but few would know that he was sitting on the throne at the time they occurred. He is overshadowed by events before his rule, great problems and even greater personalities during his kingship, and by the force of will that was his son and successor."

  5. I posted from my favorite fun Christmas book over on my blog but I just got a super exciting surprise autographed book in the mail yesterday!

    She was too softhearted to be an oil tycoon.
    Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

    I love Becky!!! She was so sweet at CFRR!


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