First Line Friday — Light from Distant Stars

12 Jul

Happy Friday! This week I am featuring a new to me author, Shawn Smucker. I have heard fabulous things about him and his books, so I was excited when Light from Distant Stars showed up at my house a few weeks ago. Have you read this book or any of his others? I’d love to know what you thought. I’d also love if you would leave a comment with your own first line. When you are done, make sure to head to Hoarding Books, the genesis of all first line fun!


When Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body in the basement embalming room of the family’s funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory. As the last one to see his father, Cohen is the primary suspect.

Over the next week, Cohen’s childhood memories come back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his father being asked to leave his pastoral position. The game of baseball that somehow kept them together. And the two children in the forest who became his friends–and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he’s been avoiding: Did he kill his father?


Shawn Smucker is an author and co-writer who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He followed up his award-winning novel, The Day The Angels Fell, with the sequel, The Edge of Over There. You can find out more about him at his website:


18 Responses to “First Line Friday — Light from Distant Stars”

  1. MrsDMVH July 12, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    Oh wow!!! So now I’m adding this to my TBR list because that line sucked me in! WOW!! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 12, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      So great to hear! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. bellesmoma16 July 12, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    I’ve heard such good things about this book!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first couple of lines from No Greater Love by Gina Holder. It’s a really good book! I’m currently on chapter 25, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “If his sister fluffed his pillow one more time, Hamilton was going to lose his last shred of sanity.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend. 😀❤📚

    • rbclibrary July 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      Sounds like an “ideal” patient! 😉

  3. thebeccafiles July 12, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    Today on my blog I’m featuring the first line from No Greater Love by Gina Holder but It’s also my current read so I’ll share the first line from chapter 15 here: “Kathleen tucked her legs under the steering wheel of her rental.” Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time!

    • rbclibrary July 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks! Enjoy your book!

  4. Paula Shreckhise July 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    My first line is from The Express Bride by Kim Woodhouse:
    St. Louis, March 1834
    With shaking limbs, she climbed into the plush carriage awaiting her, the precious bundle in her arms worth far more than the money, trinkets and trunks of clothing she left behind.
    Wonderful book. Check out the whole series of The Daughters of the Mayflower.

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2019 at 3:09 am #

      Love this series, but I am behind in reading it!

  5. lelandandbecky July 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Edge of Truth” by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    “The hair on Kara Nelson’s neck prickled as she sat behind the wheel of her car parked near the Miami Beach Marina. Something wasn’t right.”

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2019 at 3:08 am #

      Great opening lines. I definitely need to check that book out.

  6. Ellie July 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    I am still reading the same book as last week, Hello Again by Heather Tullis. I am currently on chapter 29 so I will share that first line here: “In the morning as Piper got ready for work she glanced out the window and noticed Spencer’s carpool ride was pulling up to the building. I hope you have a nice weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2019 at 3:08 am #

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder July 13, 2019 at 12:11 am #

    Happy Friday! This is going to be my first by this author as well. I’m sharing from The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman on my blog today. I’m only a few pages in, and this is my favorite line so far:

    “Her stomach did a slow roll at the unexpected lilt of an Irish brogue.”

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2019 at 3:07 am #

      I have a couple of books in this series waiting impatiently on my TBR shelf! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Narelle Atkins July 13, 2019 at 1:11 am #

    I’ve heard great things about this book!

    Today I’m sharing on my blog the first line from The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson.

    Love, like art, took on different forms with each creator.

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2019 at 3:06 am #

      I am looking forward to reading all of Janet’s books. I met her at CFRR in April. She is the greatest!

  9. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) July 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Today I’m sharing the first lines from A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund: “Hang on a little longer, my lamb. Happy reading and have a great rest of the weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 14, 2019 at 6:30 am #

      Got that book on the TBR shelf. Have a great Sunday!

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