First Line Friday — Bitter Pill

5 Jul

Happy Friday! I know many of you are still celebrating the 4th of July with an extended weekend. If you are looking for a book to fill all that extra time off, consider Bitter Pill by Dr. Richard Mabry. Combining suspense and medical drama, this novella-length book could just be the perfect fit for your weekend plans.

Join in on all the fabulous first line fun over at Hoarding Books, but first leave a comment with your first line!



“Brother” Bob Bannister is content with his life and his itinerant healing ministry, until one night he finds that the woman who walks off the stage under her own power isn’t one of his shills. At that point, doubts begin to intrude on his previously untroubled existence.

Dr. Abby Davis is tired of her family practice and at odds with God. Dealing with critically ill and dying patients has crushed her spirit to the point she’s ready to quit. But she soon realizes that there’s more to healing than ministering to the physical body.

Scott Anderson was the oldest graduate of his seminary class. Then again, most of them hadn’t turned away from a medical practice, hoping to atone for past mistakes (including his wife’s death) by ministering to men’s souls. Now he hopes he hasn’t made a colossal mistake in switching careers.

Each of these individuals becomes linked to the other, and each finds that God has a purpose for them—but, as it often does, the lesson comes with discomfort.

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

20 Responses to “First Line Friday — Bitter Pill”

  1. Richard Mabry July 5, 2019 at 7:44 am #

    Beckie, thanks for the recommendation. I hope your blog readers enjoy Bitter Pill.

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:21 pm #

      You are welcome!

  2. lelandandbecky July 5, 2019 at 9:00 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Risking Love” by Toni Shiloh:

    “Welcome to The Maple…Pit.”

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

      Pit! Have a great weekend.

  3. MrsDMVH July 5, 2019 at 9:12 am #

    Oooo, that’s an interesting line! Thanks for sharing!!

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. bellesmoma16 July 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today, on my blog I am sharing the first few lines from The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd: I’m currently just starting Cameo Courtships. It’s a short story anthology that I’m liking so far. Here’s the first line from the first story, “Pinned Above her Heart” by Susanne Dietze:

    London, England, April 30, 1851
    “Don’t touch anything, Letitia.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with fun reading!

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

      I liked that book! Enjoy.

  5. Paula Shreckhise July 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    I always enjoy a Richard Mabry book!

    My First Line is from A Reluctant Belle by Beth White:
    June, 1860
    Tree limbs slapped Joelle’s face as she ran through the woods behind the bathhouse.
    Loved this second book in the Daughtry House series.
    Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary July 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

      Book 1 was so good. Looking forward to book 2

  6. Ellie July 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    I’m currently reading Hello Again by Heather Tullis and the first line is “Piper listened as the Croods avoided being squashed or eaten by a bevy or prehistoric animals.” I’m about halfway through and enjoying it so far!

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

      Great! Have a good weekend!

  7. Iola July 5, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

    I love the premise of this story, and I’m looking forward to reading it Oh, my poor, groaning to-read pile!

    I’m sharing from Sing a New Song by Candee Fick on my blog, which is a fun contemporary romance. I’ve just started reading Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky, which is set in England in 1909. Here’s the first line:

    “Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!”

    Its about the early days of aviation, and I’m enjoying it. Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

      I’m with you! Carrie Turansky’s Book is on my mountain!

  8. allthebookblognamesaretaken July 5, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

    Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      I hope you do too!

  9. Narelle Atkins July 6, 2019 at 3:13 am #

    An intriguing first line and story premise!

    Today I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Risking Love by Toni Shiloh.

    “Welcome to the Maple… Pit.”

    • rbclibrary July 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) July 6, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m sharing the first lines from The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White: “The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.” Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  11. Colletta July 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve never read anything by this author. I may have to remedy that 🙂 Love your first lines. Mine is from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay. I hope you can stop by:


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