Thursday, August 9, 2018

First Lines Friday & 56 ~ 8/10/18

Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:

 County Courthouse
El Paso, Texas
August 9, 1886
"Elizabeth Evans lifted her skirts and sprinted up the back stairs of the courthouse.  At the third-floor landing she hauled open the heavy door and propped it with her hip."
Page 56

"In late afternoon he pointed out their objective--a line of mountain peakd shimmering in the heat way off in the distance but slowly, slowly coming closer"
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  1. How fascinating that the opening of the book was set on August 9th - yesterday - in 1886. I like the writing. Hope you enjoy it too.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating read. I was born in El Paso. :D

    I’m sharing about “By the Waters of Babylon” by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but I’m currently reading “Where the Fire Falls” by Karen Barnett so my first line will come from there.

    Olivia Rutherford applied lip rouge the same way she painted -with bold, broad strokes. Anything to distract from the truth.

    Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with reading excellent books! πŸ˜€

  3. Happy Friday! My first line comes from I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

    OCTOBER 2001

    "Maybe she'll surprise us," Eric said.

  4. Happy Friday!😎

    My first lines come from Carolina Mercy by Regina Rudd Merrick.....

    Lucy Dixon wanted it to be a bad dream, but it wasn’t. Auto pilot. It was the only way she was getting through this. Daddy was dead.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!πŸ˜ŠπŸ“šπŸ’–

  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from Other People's Children by Ellen Fannon (which I have laughed so hard through the little bit I started reading): Prologue:

    "Why are children so childish?" Robin groused to herself as she sat valiantly attempting to put two coherent thoughts together for her newspaper column that was due tomorrow.

  6. Sounds like an interesting historical fiction title. I like the cover and the beginning. This week I have Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

  7. Happy Friday! On my blog, I'm featuring a Regency romance by Sally Britton, "The Gentleman Physician." I'm still reading it so I will share the first line in Chapter 20 here. "Are you going to resume glaring at Miss Devon when she returns?" Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  8. What a beautiful cover! Happy weekend!

  9. Well, I want to know what happens next! Happy reading!

  10. Not a time period I typically read, but I'm curious about what happens. See what we're featuring at Girl Who Reads

  11. This sounds interesting and I like the writing style. The beginning really appealed to me. I can't imagine having to drag all those skirts around all the time.

  12. Happy Friday! I have an Yvonne Harris book waiting one my "someday" bookshelf - might have to move her up in the queue ;) I'm sharing from the third Lady Alkmene Callender Cosy Mystery on my blog today. Here are the first lines from the fourth, Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy:

    "Can't this thing go any faster?" Denise Hargrove snapped at the driver. During the drive she'd consulted her watch over and over again, exuding a nervous energy Lady Alkmene Callender found hard to place.

  13. I definitely want to know what's going on in that beginning. :)


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