First Line Friday – The Esther Paradigm (Sarah Monzon)


Welcome book lovers! It’s First Line Friday time again, hosted by Hoarding Books. This week I have the first line from an upcoming release by Sarah Monzon: The Esther Paradigm. It’s a modern day retelling of the Biblical story of Esther and it releases on 2 November 2017. I can’t wait to dive in!

~ About the Book ~

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

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~ First Line ~

This was not how I’d thought I would die.

How does that grab your attention?!

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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37 Responses to First Line Friday – The Esther Paradigm (Sarah Monzon)

  1. carylkane says:

    OH.MY! What a first line!

    “Sir? I think you need to hear this”. – Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

    Happy weekend! 🙂

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  2. Phyllis says:

    I loved The Esther Paradigm!! Everyone needs to read this book. 🙂

    My first line is from “Fish and Chips” by Erynn Mangum. Another must-read book that will have you giggling through it.

    “In all honesty, it wasn’t me who killed the fish.”

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  3. Ellie says:

    I’m sharing the first line from Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson on my blog today. In keeping with my Christmas theme, I’ll share the first line from another Christmas book inching its way up my TBR list: A Husband for Holly by Marion Uechermann. “OH NO. Hurry, Heather, before she spots us.”

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  4. Happy Friday!

    My first line is from Divinely Yours by Karin Gillespie

    The red light on Skye Sebring’s computer blinked rapidly, announcing the arrival of her first client of the day. Within seconds a girl with darting eyes entered the cubicle. She wore a spiked leather wrist cuff and a t-shirt with the logo “Hustle or Die.”

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. I almost featured The Esther Paradigm this week. But then decided to wait a bit longer. I’m looking forward to reading this story! Fantastic first line!

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  6. Suzie Waltner says:

    I can’t wait to read this one! It’s about 6 down on my TBR list, so it will be a couple weeks but I’ll get there.

    I shared a line from Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson on my blog today but the first line of what I’m reading is…

    Is Daddy down there? (from Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock).

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  7. Becky says:

    Oh man, I’ve started this book. What a great line that makes one want to know more!
    I’m featuring Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh on my blog, but I’m currently reading a non-fiction book called She’s Got The Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju so I’ll use that today.

    Part 1:
    From Problems to Faith
    When it comes to dating and marriage, what problems do you face as a single woman?

    Happy Friday!!

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  8. I loved The Esther Paradigm so much! Such a great book.

    Today, I am featuring My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken, but I am currently in the middle of reading Hamlet with my AP Lit seniors. We are in Act 3, so I will share the first line from Act 3, Scene 1:

    Claudius: And can you by no drift of conference get from him why he puts on this confusion, grating so harshly all his days of quiet with turbulent and dangerous lunacy?


  9. Beth Erin says:

    I ADORE The Esther Paradigm!!!

    Castle Gate, Utah, 1910
    Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could.
    – My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken

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  10. Heather says:

    Chilling first line. Happy Friday Katie!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. It certainly does grab my attention! I’ve got this on my kindle app waiting for me and cannot wait to dive in!

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  12. That first line definitely grabs the attention of the reader. I’m featuring The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen on my blog. But I will share the first line of Jody Hedlund’s Love Unexpected here. “The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

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  13. Definitely an attention-getter. Happy Friday!

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  15. Carrie says:

    I love this book so much!!!

    My current first line is from A MOTHER IN THE MAKING by Gabrielle Meyer: “John Orton stared at Anna’s portrait, his grief nothing compared to his pulsing guilt.”

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  16. lelandandbecky says:

    My first line is from The Color of Redemption by Lynn Cornell:

    “An eerie foreboding had jolted me from my sleep this morning, vexing my spirit – the kind of vexing that made me want to cower under my covers and stay in bed.”

    Liked by 1 person

  17. JaneReads says:

    I recently finished this one and it was so good! You are sure to enjoy.
    I am currently reading A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal. First Line is: “This is for them.”

    Liked by 1 person

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