First Line Friday — The Year of Jubilee

25 Nov

Happy Friday! Are you shopping today or enjoying a lazy day fueled by turkey? I prefer my shopping either online or without crowds, so I am not a big Black Friday fan. I am spending the day with family and in between fun, a good book. One that is in the Kindle queue is an anticipated read, The Year of Jubilee by songwriter Cindy Morgan. It’s a coming of age novel set against the backdrop of the South in the 1960s. It won’t officially release until April 2023, but thanks to NetGalley I have an early copy. Can’t wait to read it!

Here’s the first line:

There are some moments in your life you don’t forget.

The Mockingbird family has always lived peacefully in Jubilee, Kentucky, despite the divisions that mark their small town. Until the tense summer of 1963, when their youngest child, Isaac, falls gravely ill. Middle sister Grace, nearly fourteen, is determined to do whatever it takes to save her little brother. With her father and mother away at the hospital, Grace is left under the loving but inexperienced eye of her aunt June, with little to do but wait and worry. Inspired by a young teacher’s mission for change, she begins to flirt with danger―and with a gifted boy named Golden, who just might be the key to saving Isaac’s life. Then the unthinkable happens, and the world as she knows it shifts in ways she never could have imagined. Grace must decide what she believes amid the swirling, conflicting voices even of those she loves the most.

From gifted songwriter Cindy Morgan comes this lyrical, tender tale of a girl standing at the threshold of adulthood, learning the depths of the human heart and the bonds of family that bend, break, and bind together over and over again.

2 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Year of Jubilee”

  1. Paula Shreckhise November 25, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

    My first line this week is from The Blackout Bookclub by Amy Lynn Green:
    Avis gripped the ladder as her husband climbed, a thick swath of black bunting draped over his shoulder.

  2. Jen@GracetoGrow November 28, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

    This sounds like a good one – I love the first line! My first line this week is from Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham.

    Have a great week!

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