First Line Friday — A Silver Willow by The Shore

25 Oct

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring a new novel by Kelli Stuart. I loved her novel, Like A River from Its Course, and am looking forward to reading Silver Willow by The Shore in the coming days. Please check out all the details below.

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How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past? When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies — a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences. A Silver Willow by the Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia, to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow, to present day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.

Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. A graduate of Baylor University with a degree in English Professional Writing, and a minor in the Russian language, Kelli has honed her skills in the written word through editing, ghostwriting, blogging, and traveling the world. Kelli has a gift for languages that puts her at ease in other cultures, allowing her to view this creative life from the vantage point of mothers worldwide.

An award-winning novelist, Kelli released two books in 2016, both with Kregel Publications. The first, titled Like a River From Its Course, is a historical fiction novel set in World War II Soviet Ukraine. Like a River From Its Course won the ACFW Carol Award for best historical fiction, and was a finalist for The Christy Award in both the Debut Novel and Historical categories.

Kelli’s second book, co-authored with Wendy Speake, is titled Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. It is a non-fiction book written to encourage and inspire creative mothers in their God-given gifts.

Kelli is a noted blogger and the writer behind the wildly popular blog Minivans Are Hot. She has traveled extensively, constantly honing her craft at weaving words into tales as she experiences life and the world. Kelli has written for, and represented, such brands as The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom,, Disney, American Girl, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, and (in)courage. Kelli has also served as editor-in-chief for the St. Louis Bloggers Guild and as a board member for the St. Louis Women in Media.

In 2012, Kelli traveled to Tanzania with Compassion International as part of their blogging team to raise awareness on how the organization is benefiting children worldwide.

Kelli is a noted speaker, sharing her encouraging message to never give up on your dreams and passions with mothers who often feel lost in their mothering tasks. Kelli currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her perpetually patient husband and her five rambunctious children.


8 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Silver Willow by The Shore”

  1. MrsDMVH October 25, 2019 at 11:02 am #

    Oooo I am LOVING that line! Happy Friday!!

  2. bellesmoma16 October 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard: I’m currently on chapter 64, so I’ll share a line from there.

    “Harper and Heath stood in the lavish foyer of Trinity History Theater and Museum with hundreds of others.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

    • rbclibrary October 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

      Good book!

  3. Anneliese Dalaba October 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    On my blog, I’m featuring The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter Nine of my current read, It All Started at the Masquerade by Janice Cole Hopkins. Melanie awoke to find Gemona sitting beside her bed watching her.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) October 25, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

    Happy Friday! That book is on my TBR! Today I’m sharing the first line from Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble: “Lisa ran to her Datsun Bluebird and jerked open the yellow door.”

  5. lelandandbecky October 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Wedding Dress Christmas” by Rachel Hauck:

    “In the glow of the town’s newly strung Christmas lights, all her fears seemed to fade.”

  6. Beth Erin October 26, 2019 at 8:17 am #

    I hope to read that book! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  7. thebeccafiles October 27, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

    Sorry I’m late to visiting this week. On my blog this week I shared the first line from Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson but I just started reading Coral by Sara Ella so I’ll share the first line from chapter 2 here: “This is not my home.” Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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