First Line Friday — Mending Fences

23 Aug

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am featuring Mending Fences, book 1 in the The Deacon’s Family series, by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Fisher is one of my favorite authors and is tops with Amish fiction. This novel has been on my TBR shelf way too long, and I am determined to get it read soon. Have you read this book? Let me know why I need to move it up to the top of the pile! And while you’re at it, make sure to include the first line from the nearest book.

For more fabulous first line fun, head over to Hoarding Books.


Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt–a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers’ favorite characters.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books (The Adventures of Lily Lapp series) to novels (The Choice) to non-fiction books (Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World).

When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at:

20 Responses to “First Line Friday — Mending Fences”

  1. MrsDMVH August 23, 2019 at 8:19 am #

    Ooo, well now I want to know all about him being exiled! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary August 23, 2019 at 8:30 am #

      His character has been very interesting in other series. Looking forward to this one.

  2. Colletta August 23, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    I haven’t read an Amish Fiction in quite some time. I hope you enjoy:) I’d love for you to stop by my First Lines and consider joining the Fall Into Reading Challenge!


    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks for the link!

  3. bellesmoma16 August 23, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano: I am just getting into the book, so I will share from chapter 2.

    “I clutched the edge of my seat and rested my forehead on the shuddering train window.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:47 am #

      Hope you do too!

  4. Ellie August 23, 2019 at 11:50 am #

    I’ve just started to LOVE Amish fiction so I’m discovering a lot of new to me authors. I’ve never read Suzanne Woods Fisher before, but I have one of her books on my TBR list that looked good.

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first few lines from An Informal Affair by Heather Gray, which is the book I am currently reading. I’m on chapter 17 so I’ll share that chapter’s first line here. “Lia awoke to sunshine and blue skies.”

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:47 am #

      I don’t read a lot of Amish either, but I love Fisher’s books.

  5. Paula Shreckhise August 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

    My first line is from Finding Lady Enderly:
    I do not wish for all my dreams to come true. After all, nightmares are one type of dream. -Diary of a Substitute Countess
    Spitalfields, London’s East End, 1871
    For one blessed moment, I was beautiful.

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:45 am #

      Looks like a great book.

  6. Anneliese Dalaba August 23, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    On my blog, I’m featuring The Trail Boss’s Bride by Erica Vetsch. Since it’s my current read, I’ll share the first line from Chapter 9. “Kitty had never seen so much rain.” I hope you will have a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      Thanks! You too.

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) August 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from You Belong With Me by Tari Faris: “Was she really the only one left who cared about this town?”

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      I will check it out!

  8. thebeccafiles August 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from King’s Shadow by Angela Hunt but it’s also my current read so I’ll share the first line from chapter 23 here: “Anyone who studied Herod in the days following Aristobulus’s death would not doubt his deep and sincere grief.” Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      It is on my TBR list!

  9. Rachel August 23, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    On my blog, I shared the first couple of lines of a book I recently finished – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Here, though, I’ll be sharing the first lines of one of the books I’m currently reading – Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez.

    “The waves mocked her.

    Discordant laughter swelled in Branwen’s mind and twisted her heart. She couldn’t remain on the ship one moment longer. Her skin itched.”

    Wild Savage Stars is the sequel to Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves, which is a Tristan & Eseult retelling. I’m enjoying it so far and I hope you liked the first few lines I shared.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 24, 2019 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing. I love Tristan and Isolde stories!

  10. Narelle Atkins August 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Grace in Deep Waters by Christine Dillon.

    The radio dominated the room.

    • rbclibrary August 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

      thanks for sharing! 🙂

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