First Line Friday — Where Hope Begins

18 May

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring the upcoming release (5/22/18) from Catherine West, Where Hope Begins. Have you read anything by this talented author? If not, make sure to check out this book. It promises to be great! And it’s available for pre-order on Amazon. Just sayin’ 😉 .

Please let me know your first line by sharing in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books for more fun!

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Her most recent novel, The Memory of You, released March 2017 and Where Hope Begins releases in May 2018. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at




20 Responses to “First Line Friday — Where Hope Begins”

  1. susandyer1962 May 18, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    Happy Friday!😎 I loved Where Hope Begins!! Cried my eyes out!!

    My First Line comes from a book I’m reading now, The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark…..

    If loneliness were a color, it would be the deep purple of my eight year old’s shirt as he walks solitary laps around the school track.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚📚

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      That sounds like another tear jerker! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Suzie May 18, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Oh, the more I see people talking about this book, the more I’m ready to dive in!

    “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’” No, I’m not reading Pride and Prejudice (again), but am reading a retelling by Debra White Smith: First Impressions.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 8:20 am #

      I’m reading Austen in Austin, volume 1. The novella I started last night is based on P&P.

  3. Paula Shreckhise May 18, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    My first line is from The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman:
    The LADY GALLANT in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
    January 1792
    “Keep your brother away from my sister!”

    Catherine’s book looks great!

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      That made me smile! I want to read that series. Thanks for sharing!

  4. joyofreadingweb May 18, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    This sounds like quite the emotional story! Thanks for sharing the first line! Have a nice weekend.

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      I hear that it is. I’ll start it. Ext week. Happy Friday!

  5. lelandandbecky May 18, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Where Hope Begins is a great book!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Robin Mason’s The Silent Song of Winter.

    ” The sounds of the swamp in winter would scare another person but not me.”

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Great line! Happy Friday!

  6. bellesmoma16 May 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    I’ve seen this book a lot lately. I will have to check it out.

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Karen Barnett’s novel Where the Fire Falls (#2 in her Shadows of the Wilderness series) over on my blog. Here I will share the first lines from chapter 2.

    “Clark grunted as he jostled the bags under his arm and clambered up the stairs. At her disposal? First change he got, he’d be setting this little minx straight.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      I’m looking forward to reading that. Happy Friday!

  7. thebeccafiles May 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing this week on my blog is Grace in Strange Disguise but here I’ll share from The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke, which is the book I featured for my Memorable Monday post this week: “Emily Evans lifted a slender hand and pushed back a wisp of wayward brown hair.” Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • rbclibrary May 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beth Erin May 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    Catherine writes such beautiful and poignant stories! I’m currently reading Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett. Here are the first couple of lines from chapter 10…
    “Clark strode into the Glacier Point Hotel. A burning sensation simmered in his gut, like his best campfire stew straight from the pot.”

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      That’s in my June TBR stack. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Yvette - Bookworlder May 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    A new Catherine West is always something to look forward to 😀

    I’m sharing from a favorite re-read on my blog, but I’ll share from my current read here – a novel set in the 1920’s, Ramble and Roar by Catie Cordero:

    “I wasn’t looking for death. It found me. That’s what I tell myself.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

      I heard a lot of buzz around that book. I need to check it out!

  10. Heather May 19, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    Oh my! What a sad first line. Happy Saturday. 🙂

    • rbclibrary May 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

      I’ve heard this book is a very emotional read.

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