First Line Friday — Freedom’s Kiss

31 Aug

Happy Friday! This week I am featuring a new-to-me author, Sarah Monzon, and her latest novel, Freedom’s Kiss. I am so excited to read this book! I had to share the first paragraph of the book rather than the first line, because it is just so powerful. Have you read this book yet? Let me know what you thought.

Leave a comment with your first line and then head over to Hoarding Books to find more fabulous first lines.


They were prisoners of the past. Could legacy be the key to setting them free? Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses to allow her to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie. A single decision can have innumerable consequences — a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart. Florida, 1816 Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?


Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.

20 Responses to “First Line Friday — Freedom’s Kiss”

  1. thebeccafiles August 31, 2018 at 5:48 am #

    I’ve seen several people sharing about this book but I haven’t read it yet. That’s an amazing first line though!

    • rbclibrary August 31, 2018 at 6:34 am #

      I am looking forward to reading it in a few weeks. Have a great Friday!

  2. joyofreadingweb August 31, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    I absolutely loved reading this book!! One of my favorites for sure 🙂

    • rbclibrary August 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      So glad to hear it.

  3. susandyer1962 August 31, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My first lines come from a book I will be reading shortly, Unleashed by Donna Kauffman.

    Emma Lafferty’s life had gone to the dogs. Literally. And to the cats. And the parakeets, goldfish, hamsters, even the occasional potbelly pig. What it and her fledgling pet-sitting service hadn’t gone to was her bank account. Not enough, anyway.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚💖

    • rbclibrary August 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Sounds cute!

  4. hjsnyder28 August 31, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful book–gripping first lines. Happy reading Beckie!

    • rbclibrary August 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

      Happy Friday!

  5. Becky August 31, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    I’ve read a couple of Monzon’s books and really liked them. Happy reading!

    I’m sharing the first line of “A Worthy Rebel” on my blog today. I’ll share the first line of my current read, Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” here: “Fleeta hunkered low, careful not to rattle the crisp fallen leaves all around her.”

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog August 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m catching up on this series now! I’m reading the second book, All of You, right now. The first line: “Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of his green flight suit and stared at the mass on the opposite rack.”

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 7:20 am #

      Have a great weekend, Courtney!

  7. j9reads August 31, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m featuring lines from Danielle Norman’s upcoming release Roadster on my blog.

    Here, I’m sharing lines from Keira Montclair’s Falling for the Chieftan. It’s her new historical time travel romance.

    “Allison Sutton’s feet hit water as she plunged into the murky liquid at the base of the cascading falls.”

    Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 7:19 am #

      That’s a great line. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder August 31, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

    Happy Friday! I”m featuring Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd on my blog, so here is a line from page 11:

    “A few minutes later I sat on the suitcase’s lid while Marta fastened the metal latches with gusto.”

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 7:18 am #

      Enjoy your book!

  9. bellesmoma16 September 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Happy Saturday!

    Yesterday on my blog, I shared the first lines from Cara Putman’s novel Delayed Justice. Here I will share the first line from the novel I’m currently reading, An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor Gustafson.

    “On her return from church, Kileenda Jensen discovered a problem, and it had nothing to do with her name.”

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!!! 😀🧡📚

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Cute line. Enjoy your weekend.

  10. lelandandbecky September 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    I know I’m late for Friday, so happy Labor Day weekend! My first line is from Under Prairie Skies by Cynthia Roemer.

    “The sound of a spry whistle froze Charlotte Stanton in her tracks. She tightened her hold on her bucket of creek water, eyes narrowing.”

    • rbclibrary September 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your line. Have s great holiday!

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