First Line Friday – 28 July 2017 – My Hope Next Door (Tammy L. Gray)


Since today’s First Line Friday post is very much a last-minute affair for me, I’m going to take advantage of the very recently announced RITA Awards and share with you the first line from Tammy L. Gray’s book My Hope Next Door, which won the award for Best Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements. Congratulations Tammy! I now feel perfectly justified in having written this gushing review about nine months ago!

~ About the Book ~

Former bad girl Katie Stone can feel the weight of her reputation settle over her as she drives home for the first time in years. Feeling deeply guilty about her past mistakes, Katie wants to do the right thing for once. But the small town where she grew up is not nearly as forgiving as she’d hoped. Despite it all, she’s determined to help her parents cope with her mother’s recent illness, and Katie finds a surprise ally in the man next door.

Asher Powell never minded being the son of a small-town pastor until a recent breakup leaves him wounded by lifelong members of his church. He remembers his new neighbor as a mean-spirited high school troublemaker, but he senses that her newfound faith and desire for forgiveness are sincere.

Through an unexpected friendship, two people from different worlds find peace, hope, and a second chance they never dreamed was possible.

Amazon US  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

The Fairfield water tower loomed over Katie’s regrets like a guard she had to sneak past.

This really is a well-deserved win, and if you haven’t read My Hope Next Door yet, I encourage you to do so!

Before I go, our First Line team is expanding once more, so I would like to say a big welcome to Iola Goulton and Rebecca Van Daniker. WELCOME!

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  JaneReads ~ C Jane Read
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Iola ~ Iola Goulton  //  Rebecca ~ It’s Story Time with Van Daniker  //  Trisha ~ Joy of Reading
Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes  //  Molly ~ Cafinated Reads
CJ ~ Moments Dipped in Ink  //  Andi ~ Radiant Light  //  
Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower
Robin ~ Robin’s Nest  //  English Lady ~ Romances of the Cross  //  Sydney ~ Singing Librarian
Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise

If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.

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19 Responses to First Line Friday – 28 July 2017 – My Hope Next Door (Tammy L. Gray)

  1. carylkane says:

    August 1912

    She could have been more than she was.

    The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White

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  2. Great first line. Sounds like a good book!

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  3. Becky says:

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Glad to be a part of this super fun team!

    That’s a great first line. Looks like I’ve got another book added to my TBR. 🙂

    My first line this week is from To The Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden.

    “U.S. Army Base At The Presidio
    San Francisco, 1898

    Jenny Bennett woke as pebbles clattered against the window.”

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  4. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line (actually first 3 lines) is from His Secret Alaskan Heiress by Belle Calhoune:
    ” ‘Here it is. Fresh out of the oven. One reindeer pizza with feta and spinach,’ Sophie announced in a chirpy voice as she set the order down in the middle of the table.”

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  5. Winnie Thomas says:

    “For once in his life, Trey Walker Stafford had aced his two older brothers.” from Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne.

    I’m reading this in anticipation of meeting Ruthy in person in a couple of weeks! Woohoo!

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  6. I love that first line and the water tower simile! I met Deborah Raney at a writing conference a couple weeks ago (yay!) and picked up the first book in her Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane: So, Mrs. Whitman, is everything ready?”

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  7. Heather says:

    Happy Saturday!

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  8. rachel820 says:

    Yaaaaay! My Kindle is closest to me right now and the first book on it is Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette, “My Sandals have not crossed this threshold since I was ten.”

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