First Line Friday — Rahab’s Story

7 Aug

Happy Friday! I yet again searched my long-suffering TBR shelves for this week’s first line. Rahab’s Story by Ann Burton has been in my possession a very long time. Unfortunately, life and shiny new book distractions have kept me from reading it. If you have read this worthy novel about a woman in Jesus’ lineage, I would love to know why I need to move it to the top of the pile. 🙂

Here is the first line:


I first beheld The House of Palms on the same day that I was cast out from my home and family. 



The Bible is filled with women of faith, bravery, and cunning. Here is one woman’s tale — as it might have happened  . . . .
“And the city shall be accursed . . . and all that are therein . . . only Rahab the harlot shall live . . . .”—Joshua 6:17
Once, she was Rahab the Beautiful, eldest daughter of a weaver — and secret believer in her dead mother’s cherished Judaism. But when her hateful stepmother accused her of witchery, Rahab was banished to almost certain death in Jericho. Now the girl known as Rahab the Outcast has no choice but to mingle with the city’s untouchables — and join its ranks of prostitutes…
Even from the mire, Rahab keeps alive her faith in God. Then two Jewish spies for Joshua appear on her doorstep, begging her to hide them. Now, Rahab faces the biggest decision of her life: stay safe and slam the door in their faces — or help her fellow believers, and transform herself from harlot to heroine.

Ann Burton is the author of the popular Women of the Bible series of historical romances, including Rahab’s Story, Deborah’s Story, Jael’s Story, and Abigail’s Story.


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8 Responses to “First Line Friday — Rahab’s Story”

  1. MrsDMVH August 7, 2020 at 9:22 am #

    Powerful opener!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Kirby preppybookprincess August 7, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    I haven’t read this one yet, but wow what an amazing opening line!

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first lines from Love and a Little White by Tammy L Gray which ended up being one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.

    “I’ve face planted myself into rock bottom. Well, maybe a hammock above rock bottom-one my aunt Doreen graciously set out for me when I found myself abandoned and broke.”

    I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  3. Colline August 7, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    This would be so interesting to read. That first line definitely grabbed me!

  4. Paula Shreckhise August 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

    My first lines are from MINUTES TO DIE by Susan Sleeman:
    Chapter 1
    Exposed. Kiley felt exposed. Standing there. In the dark. Waiting. Waiting.

  5. Babbling Becky L August 7, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

    Wow! Sounds like a great read! Here’s mine, by Linore Rose Burkhard, just out today.
    “Edward Arundell suspected from the moment he almost ran her down on Monmouth Street, that Miss Fanshawe would be trouble.” from Miss Fanshawe’s Fortune

  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) August 7, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first lines from Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green. “When Charlotte and Alice told their mother they were taking the omnibus down Broadway, they weren’t lying. They just didn’t tell her where they would be getting off.”

  7. Kelly-Ann Deffenbaugh August 7, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    WOW!! That line sounds super intriguing!!

    My line is from A Nurse for Jacob by Caryl Macadoo “”Lydia admired the two-story building from the corner of Gaienne and Old Levee Streets, strode up the walk, then stopped at the front of the Touro Infirmary and adjusted her cap.”

    Have a lovely weekend!

  8. bellesmoma16 August 7, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham. I’m on chapter seven so I’ll share the first line from there:
    “Sam Landon made his way over to the schoolhouse, toolbox in one hand, lunch tin in the other.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

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