First Line Friday – 18 May 2018 – Where Hope Begins (Catherine West)


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! I’m having a particularly emotional week this week, thanks to some thoughtless book planning on my behalf. Perhaps I was doing it late at night (highly possible), because at some point I thought it would be a good idea to put Heidi Chiavaroli’s The Hidden Side and Catherine West’s Where Hope Begins (review to come) one after the other on my reading schedule. 😳 Can anyone say ’emotional overload’?!

Seriously, though, they’re both fabulous books, and I highly recommend them. Just . . . perhaps not one after the other! Give yourself some recovery time in between! With that said, let me introduce you to Where Hope Begins. I think you’ll find the first line explains exactly why it’s an emotional read.

~ About the Book ~

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

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~ First Line ~

My husband is leaving me.

Grab your tissues! But don’t worry—it’s not all doom and gloom. 🙂

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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13 Responses to First Line Friday – 18 May 2018 – Where Hope Begins (Catherine West)

  1. rbclibrary says:

    I shared this line too! Happy Friday!


  2. Suzie says:

    OH, I have heard so many great things about this book! I’m looking forward to reading it soon (with tissues at hand).

    “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’” No, I’m not reading Pride and Prejudice (again), but am reading a retelling by Debra White Smith: First Impressions.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Happy Friday!😎 I loved this book!! I cried my eyes out!😊

    My First Line comes from a book I’m reading now, The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark…..

    If loneliness were a color, it would be the deep purple of my eight year old’s shirt as he walks solitary laps around the school track.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚📚


  4. I can see I’m going to need to plan to read a romantic comedy after this one! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. lelandandbecky says:

    Excellent book! Happy Friday! My first line is from Robin Mason’s The Silent Song of Winter.

    ” The sounds of the swamp in winter would scare another person but not me.”


  6. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Karen Barnett’s novel Where the Fire Falls (#2 in her Shadows of the Wilderness series) over on my blog. Here I will share the first lines from chapter 2.

    “Clark grunted as he jostled the bags under his arm and clambered up the stairs. At her disposal? First change he got, he’d be setting this little minx straight.”

    Have a great weekend!


  7. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing this week on my blog is Grace in Strange Disguise but here I’ll share from The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke, which is the book I featured for my Memorable Monday post this week: “Emily Evans lifted a slender hand and pushed back a wisp of wayward brown hair.” Have a great weekend! 🙂


  8. MrsTina Rice says:

    Happy Friday!
    My first line Friday is from a book I just received in the mail yesterday…My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey by Amanda Barratt.

    Derbyshire, England
    April 1870

    As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned in Adele’s stomach.

    Blessings, Tina


  9. Heather says:

    Oh goodness, it’s always difficult to read books like this–I think that is why I reach for my Happily Ever After texts. 🙂 Happy Friday!


  10. Beth Erin says:

    Cathy’s stories always pack a punch! I’m currently reading Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett. Here are the first couple of lines from chapter 10…
    “Clark strode into the Glacier Point Hotel. A burning sensation simmered in his gut, like his best campfire stew straight from the pot.”


  11. Where Hope Begins is one I’m looking forward to (and stocking up on tissue for). 😀 I’m sharing from L.M. Montgomery’s 1926 novel The Blue Castle on my blog, but I’ll share from my current read here – a novel set in the 1920’s, Ramble and Roar by Catie Cordero:

    “I wasn’t looking for death. It found me. That’s what I tell myself.”

    Happy Friday!


  12. Iola says:

    I don’t usually cry when I read a novel, but this one made me cry. In a good way!

    My blog post today is sharing the first line of The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristen Billerbeck. I’m currently reading Criss Cross by CC Warrens, which is all suspense:

    The ominous sound of something scraping across the cement behind me raised the hairs on the back of my neck.

    Have a great weekend!


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