First Line Friday — Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney

23 Nov

Happy day after Thanksgiving! On this Black Friday, are you shopping until you drop, recovering from football and feasting, or are you relaxing with a good book? I hope to be curled up with several! Today I am sharing from Reason to Breathe, the first book in a new series from Deborah Raney. What book are you reading this weekend? Please share your first line.

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Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along. . .

At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck–until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.

Deborah Raney‘s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty-plus years, thirty-plus books, and numerous awards later, she’s still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her awards include RWA’s RITA® Award, ACFW’s Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. Deborah is also a three-time Christy Award finalist. She and husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas for life in the friendly city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Find out more about Deb’s newest releases at


14 Responses to “First Line Friday — Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney”

  1. Paula Shreckhise November 23, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Here’s my first line from The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller:

    Julia Hale lifted a weary hand and rapped on the yellow painted door. Please let me in. please!

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Good start! Happy reading!

  2. susandyer1962 November 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from Hearts In Harmony by Beth Wiseman……

    I had never been to an Englisch funeral before today. I’ve only been to one funeral , when Uncle John died last year. But I’m only ten so maybe that’s why. This funeral was different from Uncle John’s. There were a lot of flowers inside the church and people singing.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊💕

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      Enjoy your book!

  3. thebeccafiles November 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog this week I’m sharing the first line from The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse but I’m currently reading the Amish Midwife’s secret by Rachel J Good so I’ll share the line from my current chapter (10) here: “By the time Leah arrived at the Groffs’, Sharon had already completed the checkup.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Anneliese Dalaba November 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Happy Black Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring A Holiday By Gaslight by Mimi Matthews. Here I will share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, A Handcarved Christmas by Cynthia Hickey which takes place in 1880 Montana. “Laura Worth wrapped her wool shawl tighter around her shoulders and peered out the train station window.” Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      Hope you have a great reading weekend too.

  5. BeckieWrites November 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    Looks like a heartwarming book!

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm #


  6. lelandandbecky November 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! My first line (and 3rd line because I love this line) is from “Reaching Her Heart” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Tristan Callaghan moved to the side of the long hallway to let a young couple pass, giving them a smile and a nod before continuing on… What on earth had possessed him to agree to teach Sunday School to seven and eight-year-old boys?”

    • rbclibrary November 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm #


  7. Iola Goulton November 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    I’m sharing the first line from Ashmore by Angela Curtis on my blog today. It’s her debut novel, and it’s based on the real-life journey her ancestors took when emigrating from England to New Zealand. It makes me thankful for our modern world where we have cleaner and faster methods of transport!

    “One half-witted decision changed Lillie Curtis’ life forever. Unfortunately, that decision had not been her own.”

    • rbclibrary November 24, 2018 at 7:14 am #

      Love that line! Thanks for sharing.

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