First Line Friday — The Christmas Remedy

21 Sep

Happy Friday! Hoarding Books is celebrating Christmas a bit early with first lines from Christmas books. This week I am featuring the first 3 lines (because I can, LOL!) of Erin and Cindy Woodsmall‘s new Christmas novella, The Christmas Remedy. The writing pair are back with a heartwarming Amish story.

How about you? Share a first line in the comments and then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines.



When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene’s Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what’s happened and find the “missing” patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?


Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She’s been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline” and the “Wall Street Journal”. Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA.

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book.

Find out more about Cindy and Erin at

16 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Christmas Remedy”

  1. lelandandbecky September 21, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Rebecca’s Legacy” by Betty Thomason Owens:

    “Are you crazy? My father’s going to kill me.”

    • rbclibrary September 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

      Good lines! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Anneliese Dalaba September 21, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring Karen Witemeyer’s novella, “The Love Knot.” Since I’m still reading it, I will share the first lines in Chapter 7. “Claire pushed away from the paddock fence when she saw Pieter exit the station house. Her heart ached with yearning at the sight of him. She still loved him. Desperately. But she wouldn’t pledge her life to a man until she was certain of him.” I wish you a relaxing fall weekend. Cooler weather has finally arrived in Michigan.

    • rbclibrary September 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

      Love her books. We headed to our N GA cabin for the weekend. A bit cooler but still in the mid 80s.

  3. carylkane September 21, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden.


    Baltimore, Maryland, 1867

    “Come on, boy. Your dad needs you.”

    • rbclibrary September 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  4. j9reads September 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    I’m featuring lines from A.K. MacBride’s upcoming release Shattered on my blog.

    Here, I’m sharing lines from Rachael Brownell’s Chasing Fate. It’s my quirky blind date with a book this month.

    ”What do you mean, you quit your job?”

    Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary September 22, 2018 at 7:16 am #

      That’s very cool! I need to try that.

  5. susandyer1962 September 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My first lines come from Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross…..

    Life, as Aiden Mannion knew firsthand, could be dangerous. Anything could happen. You could be hit by a taxi while sightseeing in Times Square. Run headfirst into a tree while shushing down a diamond run pretending you were Bode Miller.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Fall!💕

    • rbclibrary September 22, 2018 at 7:17 am #

      Hope you have a great weekend too.

  6. Yvette - Bookworlder September 21, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    I’m sharing from a Christmas novella on my blog. Here I’ll share from Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Sarah Price:

    “Sunflowers always made Belle happy. Very happy.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary September 22, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      Love Beauty/Beast. Enjoy!

  7. Iola Goulton September 22, 2018 at 3:47 am #

    I’ve been on a romantic suspense reading kick recently, so my first line is from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin. It’s an unusual first line, but the novel definitely ticks all the romantic suspense boxes!

    • rbclibrary September 22, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      My favorite genre. I’ve got some good ones coming up.

  8. thebeccafiles September 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    The book I shared this week is Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble but I’m currently reading an ARC of The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall so I’ll share the first line here: “What would it feel like to drown…to float listlessly down… down… beneath the chilled waters of the Atlantic?” I can honestly say I don’t want to find out! Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary September 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

      Me either! Have a great weekend.

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