First Line Friday — Quaker Summer

21 Aug

This week’s first line comes again from my TBR shelf. Quaker Summer, written by one of my all time favorite authors Lisa Samson, was the 2007 Women of Faith Novel of The Year. Its intriguing opening sentence makes me want to sit and read and read. In fact, I am taking it on a little road trip this weekend. Have you read it? I would love to know what you thought.



Five months ago I raised Gary and Mary Andrews from the dead.



Sometimes you have to go a little bit crazy to discover the life you were meant to live.

Heather Curridge is coming unhinged. And people are starting to notice. What’s wrong with a woman who has everything — a mansion on a lake, a loving son, a heart-surgeon husband — yet still feels miserable inside?

When Heather spends the summer with two ancient Quaker sisters and a crusty nun running a downtown homeless shelter, she finds herself at a crossroads.

Lisa Samson was born in Baltimore, MD. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband Will. Lisa is the mother to three kids, has a cat named Miles, and three chickens: Violet, Camille, and Charlotte.

Lisa’s been writing for almost two decades now and doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon. She also runs Luminary, a creative support service for novelists.

Grapefruit juice, potato chips, art, eating good food, watching AMC shows on Netflix, and good conversation with friends and family make her extremely happy. Tomato juice, blue tortilla chips, math, running, watching news tv, and silly conversations about whose kids are better . . . not so much. She loves to paint and read and watch good movies.


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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — Quaker Summer”

  1. kathyscottage August 21, 2020 at 5:47 am #

    I’ve read Quaker Summer and I like it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. bellesmoma16 August 21, 2020 at 11:56 am #

    Happy Friday! 😀
    Today on my blog I’m sharing from As Easy as Cherry Pie by Bell Renshaw. I’m just getting to chapter 3, so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Maggie flipped on the fluorescent lights in the shop’s kitchen and stifled a yawn.”
    Have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. Kirby preppybookprincess August 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    This one definitely sounds interesting.

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line from A Sweethaven Romance by Courtney Walsh:

    “Eleanor Waverly could hold her breath for one solid minute.”

    I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  4. Paula Shreckhise August 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    My first line is from a book just released by Izzy James. It’s a historical THE SHOPKEEPER’S WIDOW.
    30 September, 1775. Borough of Norfolk, Virginia
    With a startled swipe of her arm, Delany Fleet brushed Noah’s animal ps to the floor.
    My reviews are up.

  5. Becky August 21, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “To Love a Prince” by Rachel Hauck:

    “It is said in the north country of Lauchtenland that the sea has a song and love blooms from the earth the same as flora and fauna.”

  6. Kelly-Ann Deffenbaugh August 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing from The Christmas Visitor an Amish novella from Amy Grochowski! “After a long trek to the veterinarian’s office, Mattie Beller was out of breath before she managed to push her scooter halfway up the steep hill to Annandale Farm.”

    Have a lovely weekend!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) August 21, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first lines from Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer. “Come. We must be quiet.’ I motion to the lad as I kneel next to his bed.”

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