First Line Friday — Thankfulness

24 Nov

This is definitely the week for thankfulness, including being thankful for books! On Tuesday I shared my Top 10 List of books I’ve read in 2017 that I am thankful for. (Check it our HERE.) And today the folks at Hoarding Books are sharing the first lines of books that fit the Thanksgiving season. I bypassed the books about food because my waistline has been compromised. πŸ˜‰ Instead I am sharing the first line from a book I haven’t yet read, but I am very thankful for. Why? Because it really started the whole CF genre. Take a look! For other bloggers and their Thanksgiving-themed first lines, click HERE.

My first line comes from Christy by Catherine Marshall. Authors of CF owe a lot to her, and I am looking forward to digging into this classic in the next few days. But for now, here’s the first line.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the closest book and share the first line in the comments.


The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her–and her one-room school–as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?


Catherine Sarah Wood Marshall LeSourd (27 September 1914 – 18 March 1983) was an American author of nonfiction, inspirational, and fiction works. She was the wife of well-known minister Peter Marshall.

17 Responses to “First Line Friday — Thankfulness”

  1. Becky November 24, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    I want to read this so bad! I hear ya on the food theme. I didn’t realize it was food-themed this week until after I had already posted mine. Haha

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m sharing about One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg over at my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.

    “How can I help?”

    Happy Weekend!

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      That’s a great line to hear! Have a great weekend!

      • Becky November 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

        You too!

  2. carylkane November 24, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Happy Weekend!

    As the days grow shorter, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again. – Leslie Newman

    Dear Neil,

    I’ve started this e-mail sever times, and I know that doesn’t mean a lot because you’ve yet to receive a completed draft, but it’s true.- Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2017 at 11:53 am #

      I need to get back to that series. Thanks for sharing!

  3. lelandandbecky November 24, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from A Match of Wits by Jen Turano:

    “Sometimes, no matter how independent and self-assured a young lady believes herself to be, certain situations demand a good dose of screaming.”

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      Great line!

  4. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog November 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Happy thanksgiving weekend! The Christy series is one I haven’t read, either! But I’m happy to see it “revived” lately in the blogging community. Yay for that!

    I’m sharing from a foodie book on my blog today (I couldn’t resist!), but I’ll post the first line of the next book I’ll be reading: “An explosion brought Cole Boden to his feet.” – Too Far Down by Mary Connealy.

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      That will get your heart racing! Happy thanksgiving weekend to you too. Enjoy!

  5. susandyer1962 November 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    My first line is from Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter which I will be reading shortly!

    There was nothing like a letter from the IRS to stop a man in his tracks.

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm #


  6. bellesmoma16 November 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    So sorry I got to your post so late…it’s been a busy time with family who traveled from various places for Thanksgiving celebrations.

    I featured Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall on my blog for this past FLF, so here I will leave the first line from the beautiful novel I just finished reading, also by Cindy Woodsmall, The Gift of Christmas Past. Cindy wrote this phenomenal read with her daughter-in-law, Erin. It’s a great book that I cannot recommend enough!

    “Hadley’s mind reeled with disbelief as her foster mom shoved her clothes into an old suitcase. ‘But…but I’m innocent.'”

    • rbclibrary November 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

      My book club is reading the Woodsmalls’ book. Great to hear you loved it!

      • bellesmoma16 November 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

        It’s so good! I hope you and your club enjoy it. 😊

      • rbclibrary November 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

        I read a negative review last week that had me wondering if I made a mistake choosing it. Glad to hear you thought it was good. πŸ™‚

  7. Iola November 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Christy is a great book! It was one of the first Christian novels I read after I discovered Christian fiction was actually a thing.

    I’m sharing the first line from The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald on my blog, which was brilliant. I’m currently reading Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings. Here’s the first line:

    “The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the state protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.”

    I’m enjoying it so far!

    • rbclibrary November 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      What a great line! Thanks for sharing it, Iola. Hope to read a review soon. I am really enjoying Christy. I have had it on a shelf for at least 15 years. Now I’m wondering what took me so long!

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