First Line Friday — The White Rose Resists

22 May

Happy Friday! I don’t know how it is where you live, but things are getting a little bit back to normal here. Our numbers are down, and although we remain vigilant, we are out and about. My husband is a germaphobe conscientious about hygiene, so many of the new guidelines we have actually been doing for years. And all the extra cleaning businesses and restaurants are doing he has long advocated. Along with relaxed restrictions, my life has also become more relaxed. Anxiety has been my companion, if not my friend, for weeks. I have the pounds to prove it. 😉 Along with more peace, I seem to have more time to read. Go figure. One of the books on my soon TBR list is The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt. I loved My Dearest Dietrich, and I’m looking forward to starting this book soon. Here is the first line:


My future is waiting, a spark in the distance burning steadily brighter as the train approaches the city. 



Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil 

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor — that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler’s machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife’s edge of discovery by the Gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she’s been brought up to believe in the Führer’s divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life — students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they’re all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.

Amanda Barratt is the ECPA best-selling author of over a dozen novels and novellas, including My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a two-time FHL Reader’s Choice Award finalist. She and her family live in northern Michigan. Connect with her at and visit her at




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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — The White Rose Resists”

  1. MrsDMVH May 22, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    This sounds fabulous! Have a great weekend!

  2. joyofreadingweb May 22, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

    Over on my blog I’m featuring Pretending to Wed by Melissa Jagears. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter six of the same book.
    “Setting buckets under the well pump, Nolan started to fill them and squinted at the wagon coming down the road.”

  3. Paula Shreckhise May 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    I’m reading The White Rose Resists now!
    My first line is from the suspense novel by Patricia Bradley, STANDOFF.
    What had he gotten himself into?

  4. lelandandbecky May 22, 2020 at 4:49 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Grand Encounters” by Jen Turano:

    “I know you mentioned you’ve sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and – need I say – Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he’s sitting in your section.”

  5. bellesmoma16 May 22, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog I’m sharing the first lines from The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski. I’m currently on chapter 14, so I’ll share from there.
    “Kat tipped the glass of wine to her mouth, but didn’t part her lips. She hated reds, especially dry ones, and they gave her a splitting headache.”
    I hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time! 😀❤📚

  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) May 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    Today, I’m sharing the first line from Formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes: “Kayla Cummings stared at the two lines so long her vision blurred.” Have a good rest of the weekend!

  7. Jarm Del Boccio May 25, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

    This is on my wish list! Can’t wait to read it. ☺️

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