First Line Friday — Stones of My Accusers

3 Apr

Happy Friday! I hope all is well with you and your family. This week I am again sharing a book from my TBR shelves. I had the great pleasure of meeting Tracy Groot a few years back. The members of my 2 book clubs and their guests spent a wonderful evening learning about writing and research. She was a delightful guest. And generous too! She gifted us with a signed copy of her novel, Stones of My Accusers. Set in the days after Christ’s crucifixion, this book is definitely one I need to read, especially now. Have you read this book? I’d love to know your thoughts.


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A captivating, stand-alone sequel to The Brother’s Keeper, Stones of my Accusers reveals the transforming difference Christ’s mercy makes through the lives of several compelling characters. Joab and Jorah are each traveling separately to find a prostitute named Rivkah and inform her of her son, Nathanael’s, death. Joab has been commissioned to take Nathanael’s words to Rivkah, “Tell her, ‘No stones’.” Jorah, a sister of Jesus, secretly plans to get revenge on Rivkah. Through the story of the stones and the sacrifice of a Roman official, each character’s life is forever impacted by the amazing mercy of God.

Tracy Groot is the critically acclaimed and Christy Award–winning author of several works of historical fiction. Her books have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews and have been called “beautifully written” and “page-turning” by Publishers Weekly, and “gripping” with “exquisitely drawn” characters by Library Journal.

Tracy and her husband have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law and enjoy board games, warm vacations, any kind of travel, Detroit Lions football, foodie experiences, and most anything that gives them time together.


16 Responses to “First Line Friday — Stones of My Accusers”

  1. Paula Shreckhise April 3, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    My book this week is Dead End by Nancy Mehl
    Chief of Police Everett Sawyer stood over the body they’d just dug up in the old rail yard north of the city.

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:42 am #

      I loved book 1 in that series. I am behind in reading them!

  2. bellesmoma16 April 3, 2020 at 9:35 am #

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading Dead End by Nancy Mehl. I’m halfway through and I’m loving it so much. I’m on chapter 23, so I’ll share from there:
    “Before Noah and Kaely left the restaurant, Noah called Chief Sawyer and told him about the note given to Kenny.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 😊❤📖

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:42 am #

      I read the first book in this series. I need to catch up!

  3. Kirby preppybookprincess April 3, 2020 at 10:13 am #

    Happy Friday!

    I’ve never heard of Stones of My Accusers before, but now I’m really wanting to read this one.

    On my blog this week, I’m featuring the first line from The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson:

    “Dillon Michaels was fed up-but it wasn’t with dinner.”

    Hope you have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:41 am #

      Looks like you have a great read for the weekend!

  4. lelandandbecky April 3, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Latte Difficulty” by Angela Ruth Strong:

    “Black is a good color for coffee, not bridesmaid dresses.”

  5. Anneliese Dalaba April 3, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin. Here, I will share my current read from the Seven Brides of South Dakota Series by Kari Trumbo. This is from Book 1, Dreams in Deadwood. The first line in Chapter 7—which is where I’m currently at—is “Boom drove Aiden to the outskirts of Deadwood, then bypassed the town and went around to a small area with what seemed like endless rows of tiny decrepit homes.” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:40 am #

      Hope you enjoy your book!

  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) April 3, 2020 at 6:15 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson: “Did Katerina dare to stay out hunting past dark?”

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:39 am #

      Looks like a great book!

  7. thebeccafiles April 3, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese but I just started reading The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel so I’ll share the first line from chapter 3 here: “Few places reminded her more of Brent than the Saturday-morning farmers market.” Hope you have a great weekend with some quality reading time 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:39 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  8. carhicks April 3, 2020 at 8:28 pm #

    I am reading several books right now, but I started a Harlequin Heartwarming Book Today. A Match Made Perfect by Anna J. Stewart. This line is a father talking to his daughter.

    “Chin up Mandy.” Sebastian Evans tapped a finger under his own chin as he palmed the softball.

    • rbclibrary April 4, 2020 at 6:38 am #

      Enjoy your book and weekend!

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