First Line Friday, The St. Paddy’s Day Edition — An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy

16 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this week’s First Line Friday, I am featuring an older book from one of my favorite authors — An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy. The first line I am sharing is actually from chapter 4, the first scene set in Ireland. Have you read this book? Tell me why I need to move it up to the top of my TBR pile.

Please leave a comment with your first line, then head over to Hoarding Books for more Irish fun!



Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future. It takes a crisis in her daughter’s life — and the encouragement of Sally, a plucky Southern transplant — to propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of her home in County Clare, Ireland.


In 2005, Patti Lacy traded in her grade books for a writer’s pen to tell the long-buried story of her best friend. An Irishwoman’s Tale, What the Bayou Saw, and The Rhythm of Secrets explore the secrets women keep and why they keep them. Patti’s fourth book, Reclaiming Lily, from Bethany House, transports readers to a Chinese orphanage, where two cultures and two women collide. Claiming influences as diverse as Francine Rivers and Jodi Piccoult, Patti weaves stories of grace that have in their fiber real-life incidents.

In 2014, Patti partnered with Sara Richardson and Angie Reedy to capture the poignant memoir of a sharecropper’s daughter, Jessie’s Pearls. Patti and Angie next stuck close to their hometown of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where a local ministry, Jesus House, came to life on the pages of a second memoir, Tattooed by Jesus. Real-life stories won’t let go of their hold on Angie and Patti, who currently are working on Stories From the Jesus House and several projects involving ministries that rely on the power of Jesus Christ, the Savior, to transform broken lives.

Patti soothes her itch to teach by leading seminars, facilitating writing classes, and speaking at women’s events. Patti and her husband Alan, a college professor, have two grown children and a dog named Laura.

What’s your St. Patrick’s Day first line?

28 Responses to “First Line Friday, The St. Paddy’s Day Edition — An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy”

  1. susandyer1962 March 16, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    Happy Friday! A new author for me to check out! Thank you!!

    My First Line Fridays comes from a book I’m hoping to get to soon, Between Friends by Debbie Macomber.

    Dearest Momma,
    I thought you should know Mike and I had a baby girl on September first. I realize Daddy said I wasn’t to contact either of you ever again, but I felt you’d want to know you had a granddaughter.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😀📚📕

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:30 am #

      Sounds heartbreaking! Hope it has a happy ending. Happy Friday!

  2. Suzanne Sellner March 16, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    I’m reading A Song Unheard by Roseanna White. The first line is, “The music seeped into her soul like fog over the Thames.”

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      Great line. Happy Friday!

  3. Paula Shreckhise March 16, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    A Search For Refuge ( Haven Manor) by Kristi Ann Hunter:
    Marlborough, England 1804
    Margaretta had used the word DESPERATE many times in her life, but she’d never truly known the meaning until she stood in the open door of a mail coach, clutching an eight-month-old letter and praying that someone in this minuscule market town would know where the writer had gone when she moved on.

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      Really sets the scene.

  4. nashpredsfan27 March 16, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    What a fabulous cover. Makes me want to visit at first glance.

    Here’s the first line from my current read:

    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. (Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald)

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      You are second one to share that line. I’ll have to check it out.

  5. hjsnyder28 March 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Intrigue! Great opening line–happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

      Happy Friday to you!

  6. lelandandbecky March 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from At Home with Daffodils by Paula Moldenhauer:

    “Not again!”

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

      Well, ok!

      Happy Friday!

  7. bellesmoma16 March 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today at my blog, I am sharing the first lines from Jennifer Delamere’s latest novel, The Heart’s Appeal. It’s such a great book!

    Here I will share the first lines from my next-up book, Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald. This is my first read of this author’s works, but I am very excited!!!

    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. Ethan stepped over the threshold.”

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      Good opening!

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder March 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    This does sound interesting! Though I’m sharing a book with an Irish hero, The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman, on my blog today, here’s the first line of an audiobook I’ve borrowed from the library on a friend’s recommendation, The Bookshop on the Corner (or, in the UK, The Little Shop of Happily Ever After) by Jenny Colgan:

    “The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      I love the British title!

  9. Beth Erin March 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    What a lovely cover!

    Ty Remington blamed the homemade orange marmalade cake for why he found himself huddled under an overhang off some faraway path in Glacier National Park, shivering, praying he might live through the night.
    Storm Front by Susan May Warren

    • rbclibrary March 16, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      Yep, marmalade cake will do it every time! 😉

  10. Anneliese Dalaba March 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from a book I’m currently reading, Praying For Strangers, by River Jordan. Here, I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on. “We’ve spent the night at the ski resort catching up and sharing belated Christmas presents.” Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 17, 2018 at 9:02 am #

      Oh I really like her! Have a great weekend!

  11. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog March 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

    You’ve already visited my FLF!!! Here are the first lines from chapter 1 of my current (heart-wrenching) read: You are more than this. Andrew Harris glared at his smartphone while his mother’s text burned into his mind. – from Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald

  12. Iola March 17, 2018 at 2:20 am #

    Well, you’ve got the Irish bit covered for St Patrick’s Day!

    I’m sharing the first line from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal on my blog today, but I’ll share here from the book I’m currently reading: A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears:

    “I wish you luck, George.”
    “It’s Aaron now. Don’t forget.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 17, 2018 at 8:56 am #

      Well that’s intriguing! Have a great weekend!

  13. Philippa March 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    Well isn’t that an intriguing sentence!

    Here is the opening from my favourite story for you: “All children, except one, grow up.” Have a great week.

    • rbclibrary March 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

      Peter Pan!

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