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First Line Fridays - Christmas at Carnton

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hosted by Hoarding Books, I am excited to share my First Line with you today! Well, it is November, and it snowed today....So I figured that's excuse enough to start sharing Christmas books on FLF now hehe! I get to start reading this book tonight. And I am SO excited! Christmas at Carnton is a novella that released on October 3rd. I just LOVE Christmas novellas. They are short and sweet and put you in the perfect mood for all things Christmas! (My favorite time of year if you didn't know.) How about you? Do you listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas Christmas books in November? I usually start the music in October...Not gonna lie!

November 13, 1863
Franklin, Tennessee
21 miles south of Nashville
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  1. I always hold off on the Christmas music until the beginning of December, because from then on I'm singing it every week ad nauseum! I do have my eye on a few Christmas novellas though!

    I'm featuring the first line from Pepper Basham's 'Charming the Troublemaker' on my blog, but I'm going to leave you with the first line of a book I'll be reviewing tomorrow, 'The Bachelor Missions' by Jes Drew:

    "One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down--his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat."

  2. Christmas Novellas are a lot of fun. I try to read new ones each year, but have one or two that I go back to over and over. . .

    For my first line, I’m featuring Masquerade by Janette Rallison which I re-read this week.

    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”

  3. Just finished this book. You're going to love it. I usually start with the Christmas stuff right after the Thanksgiving meal. But I'll admit to shopping and preparing way earlier.

    My first line is "Sometimes leading also means following. Sometimes being first means you actually arrive second." Service Tales by Ace Collins

  4. I love Tamera's books because they always give readers a taste of TN history. Carnton is about 10 miles from where I live and absolutely beautiful.

    The first line of the book I'm currently reading is:

    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray's courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather's stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

  5. I will read Christmas books, and watch Christmas Hallmark movies in November. But I hold off on the Christmas music and decorations until December. Otherwise I will wear it out before Christmas actually arrives.

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book just released this week; “The Esther Paradigm”. I’m just over half-way through the book, and I’m loving the story. But you’ll have to go over there to read the first line for The Esther Paradigm. Here I’ll share with you the first line from an older favorite.

    Bedford, England — May 1659
    “The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute.” — The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

  6. Happy Friday! I love every review I have seen on this book!

    My first line is from Pepper Basham’s Charming the Troublemaker:

    “Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.”

  7. Ooh, I love Christmas novellas, but I always wait until after Thanksgiving passes to really dig in because I like to separate the holidays. I want to read Tamera Alexander's newest though! :)

    I'm featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I'm currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I'll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I'd be lying, and I'm a journalist, which means I don't lie.

    Happy Friday!

  8. Happy Friday, Rachel! I adore the cover.

    His quarry was late. Very late. – An Eye For An Eye by Irene Hannon

  9. No first line for me! I'm between books. Hard to believe, I know.

  10. I just started watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and I am always in the mood to read Christmas stories. :) Happy Friday!

  11. My first line is from Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris:

    Special Agent Garrett Addison snapped a photo of the freshly dug grave located inside the yellow roped-off crime scene.

    I’m not anonymous, my google account is never signed in! I’m Paula paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

  12. It's never too soon for Christmas stuff! I read a Christmas novella in October! And I'm already watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I won't actually decorate or really plan for the holiday until after Thanksgiving, though.

    My first line on the blog today is from a favorite: Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta.

    Here are the first two lines of my current read, Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano: "Well, Miss Harcourt. Are you, or are you not, Nathaniel Droll?"

  13. Christmas doesn't really start until school is finished for the year (yes, in New Zealand, the school year runs from February to December). And this is summer, so no white Christmas for me!

    I'm sharing from Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter on my blog today, and I'm currently reading the Regency Brides collection. Here's the first line to the second novella in the book, Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell:

    Whoever coined the phrase to "bite one's tongue" was sorely mistaken in believing that silence inflicted mere physical harm.

  14. Christmas books, movies and music. I read, watch and listen year round. It just ramps up beginning about now.

    I'm sharing the first line from Susanne Dietze's novella "Three Little Matchmakers" in The Regency Brides Collection
    So, the rumors about Henry Graves, the Earl of Marsden, were true.

  15. I start watching the Christmas Movies as soon as they come on TV and love listening to the holiday music.

    A long, shrill tone screamed through the loud speaker, jarring Jamie Riehl from sleep.
    A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

  16. My first line is from Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris:

    Special Agent Garrett Addison snapped a photo of the freshly dug grave located inside the yellow roped-off crime scene

    Love Tammy and can’t wait to read this one!


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