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.
~ 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!
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