First Line Friday – 15 September 2017 – Magnolia Storms (Janet Ferguson)


Happy Friday, and happy release day to Janet Ferguson’s newest release, Magnolia Storms, which also happens to be my First Line Friday pick this week. And it’s a timely release, too, with the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Storms will come, wherever we are, but does that mean we need to live in fear?

~ About the Book ~

Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?

Amazon US  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

Fear and loss snaked around Magnolia Marovich’s heart like they always did when she studied the satellite images on the three computer screens in front of her.

And Maggie’s going to have to confront several more storm fronts before she’s finished, though not all of them are weather related!

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  //  Alicia ~ A Brighter Destiny
Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken  //  Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews
Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  Tima ~ Book Reviews by Tima  //  JaneReads ~ C Jane Read
Molly ~ Cafinated Reads  //  Nicole ~
Christian Fiction Girl Reviews
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  //  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
Ellie ~ Sprinkles and Pink  //  Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise

If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie (Reading is my Superpower), Rachel (Bookworm Mama), Beth (Faithfully Bookish), or Sydney (Singing Librarian).

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27 Responses to First Line Friday – 15 September 2017 – Magnolia Storms (Janet Ferguson)

  1. Janet W. Ferguson says:

    So excited to be featured here!! 🙂 Thank you!!

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  2. Heather says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. 🙂 Happy Friday Katie!

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  3. lelandandbecky says:

    I can’t wait to read this book, also!!!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from A Christmas to Remember by Linda Brooks Davis:

    1908 4 days until Christmas
    “The line of delicate stitches blurred to a crimson smudge.”

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  4. Becky says:

    Ooh I need to read this! The story captured my attention. We need more stories of hope like this. Perfect timing for this story too. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m sharing about “The League and the Lantern” by Brian Wells over at my blog today, but the closest book to me (which is on my Kindle at the moment) is “All of You” by Sarah Monzon.

    Present Day, 100 Miles off the Coast of Virginia

    Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of his green flight suit and started at the mass on the opposite rack.

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  5. Great book! I recently read, and enjoyed this book from Janet! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Great book!

    I don’t think my kids even know there was such a thing as film canisters. They were useful for a lot of random things, but I never made a rocket out of one!

    I’m sharing from Jewel of the Stars by Adam David Collings on my blog today, but I’m currently reading Uncharted Hope by Keely Brooke Keith. Here’s the first line:

    At half past nine, boots scuffed the pavestones outside the medical cottage, followed by a rapid-fire knock.

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  8. andinewberry says:

    I hope to read this soon! Happy Weekend!

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  10. bellesmoma16 says:

    I’ve heard a lot about this book. I will definitely have to check it out!

    Right now, I’m reading Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray. It’s the final novel in the Lone Star Hero trilogy. The first line is:

    “There was almost nothing there. Almost.”

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