First Line Friday – 29 December 2017 – Judah’s Wife (Angela Hunt)


If this is your first visit since Christmas, Merry Christmas! And to all, a happy New Year! I’ve spent this week looking forward to all the fantastic books in store for us in 2018. I’ve covered contemporary, historical, and suspense so far, with Biblical fiction scheduled for later today, and speculative fiction scheduled for tomorrow. For this final First Line Friday post in 2017 (hosted by Hoarding Books) I’m featuring my first 2018 release—a book I’ve just begun reading today: Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt.

~ About the Book ~

Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great’s generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.

Judah’s father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight–or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband’s decision–what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah’s wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.

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~ First Line ~

Of the many lessons I learned in my childhood, one made a permanent impression on my soul: God should be feared, and so should my father.

The events in this book take place around 168 years before the birth of Christ and are remembered each year by Jews in the celebration of Hanukkah. Although I know the basic story of what happens, I’m looking forward to this fictionalized account!

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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20 Responses to First Line Friday – 29 December 2017 – Judah’s Wife (Angela Hunt)

  1. Phyllis says:

    Happy New Year to you, too!

    My first line comes from Courtney Walsh’s Hometown Girl:
    Beth Whitaker hated flowers.

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  2. rbclibrary says:

    Love Angela Hunt! This book looks really good. My first line comes from On This Foundation by Lynn Austin — “Mordecai knew what it was to wrestle with death and win.”

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  3. This book looks really great! Thanks for sharing it today!
    Over on my blog today I’m sharing the first line from My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt. It is scheduled to release on Jan. 1st! I’ll share with you here a book I’m currently reading – Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky
    “Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!”

    Happy New Year!

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  4. lelandandbecky says:

    I like all of Angela Hunt’s books.
    Happy Friday! My first line is from Would-be Mistletoe Wife by Christine Johnson.

    “Louise Smythe spotted her quarry and motioned her students to follow her across the sand dune.”

    This is a fun & interesting read about lighthouses and the Chicago Fire! Happy New Year!!!

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  5. carylkane says:

    I love Biblical fiction! I have a few of Angela Hunt’s books in my TBR.


    “WHO ARE YOU?” I asked. – The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn

    Happy New Year!

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  6. That’s a powerful first line. The book I’m featuring this week is A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer, who I always enjoy. This is part of an enjoyable Archer Brothers series.

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  7. hjsnyder28 says:

    Happy New Year friend!


  8. Perrianne Askew says:

    That one sounds interesting. My first line is from Karen Kingsbury’s Love Story: Cody Coleman took the football field alone, the way he did most things these days.
    Happy New Year!

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  9. bellesmoma16 says:

    Excellent first line!

    Happy Friday!!!

    I’m sharing the first line from Nicole Deese’s novel, A Season to Love, on my blog. I’m just starting chapter 23, so I will share the first line from this chapter here:

    “I dreamed of coffee: dark and rich and boldly brewed.”

    A great dream to me!!! Hope you have a great weekend, and a happy New Year. 😊

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