First Line Friday — Out of The Water

22 Oct

Happy Friday! This week I am featuring Out of The Water by Christy Award-winner Ann Marie Stewart. This book is so good! Multi-generational and featuring thought-provoking themes, you will not want to miss this one.

Here’s the first line:

Siobhan Mason stepped out into the cold March air and headed for the barn to gather the few eggs her hens still laid.

Irish immigrant Siobhan Kildea’s impetuous flight from a Boston lover in 1919 leads her to a new family in an unfamiliar Montana prison town. After a horrific tragedy impacts her children, her land, and her livelihood, Siobhan makes a heart wrenching decision – with consequences that ripple for decades to come.

Mysteriously linked to Siobhan is Genevieve Marchard, a battlefront nurse in France who returns stateside to find the absence of a certain soldier is her greatest loss; Anna Hanson, a music teacher who tucks herself away in a small Washington town, assuming her secrets are safe; and Erin Ellis, who thinks she and her husband won the lottery when they adopted their daughter, Claire. 

These interconnected stories, spanning three continents and five generations, begin to unravel in 1981 when Claire Ellis sets out to find her biological mother.

With puzzling suspense, unforgettable characters and uncanny insight, Out of the Water is an intoxicating novel of motherhood, secrets, and the profound ramifications our decisions have. Readers will be left wondering: ultimately, is it always better to know the truth?

Ann Marie Stewart grew up in Seattle, Washington and is a die-hard UW Husky (and Wolverine) after earning a Masters in Film/Television from University of Michigan. She originated AMG’s Preparing My Heart series, and writes the column “Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe” for The Country Register. With two recent UVA grads, she’s now a huge HOO basketball fan. When not writing, Ann teaches voice or takes care of the many sheep of Skyemoor Farm.

5 Responses to “First Line Friday — Out of The Water”

  1. Cindy Davis October 22, 2021 at 1:15 pm #

    I haven’t read this one. Grace Miller stepped cautiously across the lopsided porch of the old cabin, a deep sense of doom hanging over her small shoulders like a dark cloud.-from Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele

  2. Nicole Santana October 22, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently in the middle of Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen so I will share a line from there. “When Celeste approached main street and noticed the long line of vehicles, including two shuttle buses, parallel parked all the way down the road, she thought, I must be the only person on the island not at the center yet.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy reading!

  3. Paula Shreckhise October 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm #

    My book is The Heart of a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund:
    She was going to drown. The Neosho River wrapped its cold fingers around Linnea Newberry and pulled her down.

  4. KymPossible October 23, 2021 at 12:43 am #

    I’d be very interested in finding out how all the connections are sorted out! Looks good.

    Visiting from FLF#6

  5. Danielle Grandinetti October 23, 2021 at 2:07 pm #

    Pretty cover! I’m reading Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard. The first line is: “Puget Sound – For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget evil existed.” Happy weekend!

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