First Line Friday — Facing The Dawn

5 Mar

Happy Friday! This week I’m featuring one of my favorite authors and her newest novel. I’ll be starting Facing The Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti soon. Her book are always so good — can’t wait!

Here’s the first line:

He held the paper — the indictment against her — six inches from his face, which made him look like a blank sheet with bushy hair.


While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she’s supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.

Then Liam’s three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.

With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won’t soon forget.


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through award-winning novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women and writers. She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of more than four decades and loves on her three kids and six grandchildren. Cynthia recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of American Christian Fiction Writers, and now serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the more than 30 already on the shelves. Her books have been honored with Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Book of the Year awards from Golden Scrolls, as well as finalist or top honors in awards programs such as ACFW’s Carol Awards, ForeWord Book Reviews Book of the Year, RT Reviews Book of the Year, Family Fiction’s Book of the Year, Cascade Awards Book of the Year, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and the Christy Award, among others.
You can connect with her at, at, at, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — Facing The Dawn”

  1. Paula Shreckhise March 5, 2021 at 8:09 am #

    Facing the Dawn was a phenomenal book!
    My first line us from Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden:
    January 1902
    Marianne ventured farther onto the frozen river despite the people warning her against it.

  2. Becky March 5, 2021 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Storing Up Trouble” by Jen Turano:

    “The truth of the matter was this – she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she’d had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail… twice.”

  3. sassybookishmama March 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot
    ” You’re the luckiest person I know”

    Have a lovely weekend! 📚♥

  4. Nicole Santana March 5, 2021 at 6:23 pm #

    Great minds! 😀

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti: It’s an AMAZING story. Highly recommend it. Currently I’m reading A Captain for Caroline Grey by Julie Wright so I’ll share from there.
    “Caroline’s embarrassment turned to anger that brewed and simmered until she felt as though she quite loathed the captain.”
    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  5. Happy Saturday! Today, I’m sharing the first lines from Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski. “Creeping through the back door, Lily Durham slipped across the black-and-white tiled kitchen and checked the hallway before scurrying up the stairs to the main floor.”

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