First Line Friday — The Art of Rivers

18 Oct

Happy Friday everyone! This week I am featuring a book from an author I had the pleasure of meeting last April at the CFRR. Janet W. Ferguson has written several contemporary romances, and her latest is The Art of Rivers. Besides being a book written by an author I have met, it is set in my home state of Georgia — win-win on several fronts. I am looking forward to beginning in the coming week. Janet is nominated for a 2019 Christy Award, so I know I am in for a treat!

What book are you looking forward to? Share its first line then head over to Hoarding Books for more First Line Friday fun!




Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars — those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing. After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated. Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.


22 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Art of Rivers”

  1. carhicks October 18, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    Really enjoyed this book, That first line is definitely a hint to what this book is about.

    • rbclibrary October 18, 2019 at 8:53 am #

      Yay! So glad to hear it.

    • Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank you! So happy you enjoyed!

  2. MrsDMVH October 18, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    Beautiful line!! Happy Friday!

    • Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank you! I hope you like the story!

  3. thebeccafiles October 18, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    I really enjoyed this one!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters but I’m currently reading How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (9) here: “Elam Albrecht didn’t have many needs.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading 🙂

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:18 am #

      Enjoy your reading!

    • Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank you!!

  4. Paula Shreckhise October 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

    My first lines are from Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty Beller:
    My Darling Rachel,
    You were everything to me. You still are. Don’t ever forget that.

    The Art of Rivers is waiting on my TBR list.

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:17 am #

      Aww! What great lines.

    • Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      I loved Misty’s book! I hope you enjoy The Art of Rivers!

  5. Ellie October 18, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

    On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Because of You by Becky Wade, however I finished it last night and am now reading Stitched in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I’ll share the first line of that book here. “It took a lot to shock Luke Schrock.”

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:20 am #

      I enjoyed that book. Happy reading!

  6. lelandandbecky October 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Wyatt: The Montana Marshalls” by Susan May Warren:

    “Usually Wyatt, goalie for the Minnesota Blue Ox NHL team, could shrug off his mistakes.”

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:17 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) October 18, 2019 at 9:17 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn: “It didn’t get much better than this.”

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      Great book!

  8. Narelle Atkins October 19, 2019 at 6:30 am #

    Happy Saturday! I love Janet’s books. 🙂 I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Grace in the Shadows by Christine Dillon.

    It was love at first sight.

    • rbclibrary October 19, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      I need to catch up on that series. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

      Sweet! Thank you, Narelle!

  9. bellesmoma16 October 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    Happy Saturday!

    Yesterday on my blog I shared the first line from The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron: I’m currently reading Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard, so I’ll share a line from that book.

    “For some reason he would never understand, Heath always ended up assisting someone in the direst of circumstances.”

    Hope you’re having a good weekend! 🙂❤📖

  10. Janet W. Ferguson October 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my novel! I hope you and your readers enjoy!

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