First Line Friday — Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

23 Mar

Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells has been on my TBR shelf for way too long. I intend to remedy while I am at my mountain cabin for some R&MR — reading and more reading! There’s a storm in this book, so it meets the in like a lion, out like a lamb prompt for this week, too. How about you? What is your first line?

Leave a comment with the first sentence in the book closest to you, then head over to Hoarding Books to check out all the First Line fun!


Amid open fields and empty pews, small towns can crush big dreams.

Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good.

As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most . . . and reconsider where they truly belong.


Amy K. Sorrells is a long-time believer in the power of story to change lives. Her diverse writing career includes more than two decades of freelance writing, including medical journal publications and a popular op-ed newspaper column. The driving mission behind all her writing is to bring words of hope to a hurting world. Praised by reviewers for the way they both poetically and accurately portray real-life hardship and hope, Amy’s novels are inspired by social issues that break her heart and the Bible stories that reflect God’s response to those issues. Her first novel, How Sweet the Sound, was a response to her personal questions about how God redeems the pain of sexual abuse. How Sweet the Sound won the 2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest. Since then, she has published two more novels, Then Sings My Soul and Lead Me Home. Amy’s novels have been short-listed for various fiction awards. In addition to being a writer, Amy is also grateful to be a practicing registered nurse at a busy suburban hospital. She loves doting on her husband, three young-adult sons, and their golden retrievers at their home in central Indiana. If there’s leftover time after that, she enjoys up-cycling, gardening, binge reading, exercising, and Bible journaling.

Connect with Amy at, or find her on Facebook (@amyksorrells), Twitter (@amysorrells), and Instagram (@amyksorrells).

16 Responses to “First Line Friday — Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells”

  1. susandyer1962 March 23, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I’m reading now, Only Yours by Susan Mallery….

    MONTANA HENDRIX’S perfectly good morning was thwarted by a hot dog, a four-year-old boy and a Lab and golden retriever mix named Fluffy.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😀

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Fluffy! Ha!

  2. thebeccafiles March 23, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this book before but looks like I need to add it to my TBR list too!

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      You should. It’s excellent!

  3. Anneliese Dalaba March 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    The book I’m featuring on my blog this week is Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer. I love all the books I’ve read of hers. Here, I will share the first line of chapter 17 from the book I’m currently reading, The Social Tutor by Sally Britton. “Thomas waited for her arrival, this time on Christine’s side of the brook, his breath turning to fog in the cold air.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday!

  4. bellesmoma16 March 23, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    Great first line!!! I will have to check this book out. 😊

    I’m sharing the first two lines from A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason on my blog today. Here, I will post the first line from the novel I’m currently reading, Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn.

    “Homicide investigator Ryan Parker flashed a thumbs-up to his dive buddy and fellow homicide investigator, Gabe Chavez.”

    Let me tell you, that thumbs-up quickly becomes a thumbs-down!!! This book is really gripping. I can’t figure it out!!! 

    Happy Friday.

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      And you won’t figure it out! Great book.

  5. lelandandbecky March 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Bridgette by Patricia PacJac Carroll:

    “Bridgette, get up. The sun and the rest of us have been working for three hours.”

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

      Slug-a-bed! Lol.

  6. Beware Of The Reader March 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    My first lines are “Poppy!” Jamie came rushing out of the office and into the ktichen. The grin on his face made my heart flutter, just like it always did, which meant I’d been a mess of flutters since the day I met him five years ago.
    It’s from The Birthday List by Devney Perry
    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

  7. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog March 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    Happy Friday (and happy cabin reading!) I shared the first line of Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald today, my current read. Here are a couple lines from chapter 3 of the same book: “Heat swirled through the kitchen, almost to the degree that it continued burning in Ethan’s chest. Sleep hadn’t overtaken his storming emotions the night before.”

    • rbclibrary March 24, 2018 at 8:35 am #

      Heard a lot of great things about this book. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder March 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    That’s a strong opening line! I went with the lamb part of today’s theme. I’m sharing from Mary Connealy’s Now and Forever on my blog today, but here are the first lines of another second in series book with a heroine that loves tending her sheep, Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson:

    Oregon City, Oregon
    May 1850

    “You can’t be serious.” Hope Flanagan looked at the man who sat opposite her at her sister and brother-in-law’s kitchen table. “You expect me to testify at the Cayuse trial.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 24, 2018 at 8:34 am #

      Have a great weekend!

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