First Line Friday — Searching for You

28 Dec

Happy last Friday of 2018! Wow, can it be that 2019 is right around the corner? I am featuring Searching for You by Jody Hedlund, another last — the final book in the Orphan Train series. If you haven’t read this series yet, get those Christmas gift cards out and order them! I was tempted to share the last line of this novel, but I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone’s reading experience. 😉

Leave a comment with the first line of the book closest to you. Then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines.




Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won’t abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he’s in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?


Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

16 Responses to “First Line Friday — Searching for You”

  1. BeckieWrites December 28, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    I’ve been seeing this book a lot on social media. It looks like an interesting read!

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2018 at 8:40 am #

      Be sure to read books 1&2 first!

  2. lelandandbecky December 28, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Through the Shadows” by Karen Barnett:

    “Elizabeth King held her fingers against the ivory keys, refusing to stir as the final chord faded and silence descended on the parlor.”

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      I loved her National Park books. Have a great weekend!

  3. bellesmoma16 December 28, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    I loved this book. Jody Hedlund is wonderful!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first paragraph from A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz. I’m currently on chapter 12, so I’ll leave the first line from there.

    “Lark smiled as the long-awaited bairn made his entry into the rain-washed July day.”

    It’s such a good book!

    Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend full of rest and good reading time! 😀❤📚

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      Glad you are enjoying it! Happy New Year!

  4. susandyer1962 December 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

    My first lines come from Home For Christmas by Holly Chamberlin…..

    It was the eleventh of December, a crisp winter day with not a cloud in the sky to threaten rain or snow. Nell King shivered as she came down the stairs from the second floor and into the living room.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊🎆💕

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

      Another Christmas read! Enjoy!

  5. Anneliese Dalaba December 28, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    I love this author. Will have to check this novel out. On my blog, I’m featuring The Christmas Bride. I know Christmas is over, but this book was really good, I just had to share it. It’s about the Moravian community that I knew next to nothing about. It’s a fascinating love story. Here, I will share the first line of Chapter 29 of that same novel. “Catherine heard the savage Indians long before she saw them.” I wish you a wonderful weekend to relax and read.

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

      I’ve got that one on my Kindle! Have a great weekend!

  6. hjsnyder28 December 29, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Intriguing first line…I’ve read books by this author before, and they were great. Happy New Year Beckie!

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      I am really enjoying it! Happy New Year!

  7. thebeccafiles December 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    I loved the whole series!
    Sorry I’m a bit late coming around this week again! On my blog I featured With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander but I’m currently reading The Teacher’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller so I’ll share that first line here: “I can’t believe she came here without letting us know ahead of time.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      Have a great rest of your weekend and a Happy New Year!

  8. Sue Wendt December 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    Have placed a request for this novel through the library. Enjoyed the first two books.

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

      Yay! I am loving it!

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