First Line Friday – 1 June 2018 – The Solace of Water (Elizabeth Byler Younts)

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Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! I have been looking forward to the book I’m featuring today since I first saw the cover for it months ago. Just have a look at the cover and tell me it doesn’t catch your eye.

It’s called The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts, and it’s one of many fantastic new releases that will be available from next Tuesday, 5 June 2018. Even better, you can pre-order it on Kindle for just $4.99!


~ About the Book ~

In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.

With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.

Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.

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~ First Line ~

My skin was the same color as the soil.

Kind of makes you wonder why that particular observation is the first thing we learn, doesn’t it?

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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25 Responses to First Line Friday – 1 June 2018 – The Solace of Water (Elizabeth Byler Younts)

  1. carylkane says:

    PROLUGE
    May 1, 1815

    BEAWORTHY, DEVONSHIRE, ENGLAND
    We observed the first of May as we always did. – The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

    Happy Friday! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Suzie says:

    Happy Friday!
    I keep seeing this one and the more I do, the more I want to read it!

    More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer is on my reading agenda this weekend, so I’ll share the first lines from that: 1879–Fannin County, TX
    “Don’t lose heart, children. We have several strong families lined up in Bonham. I’m sure we’ll find good homes for each of you.”

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  3. Over on my blog I’m featuring the first line from Tara Johnson’s “Engraved on the Heart”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 14.
    “Keziah wrapped the cloak around her shoulders and eased her bedroom door open, wincing at the gentle creak that echoed down the dark hallway.”

    Do be sure to drop by my blog page and enter the giveaway!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Beth Erin says:

    This book is so tempting! I just finished reading A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter… “Graham, the Viscount Wharton, heir to the earldom of Grableton, pride of the Cambridge fencing team, coveted party guest, and generally well-liked member of both Brook’s and White’s, was bored.”

    Happy reading!

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  5. I have this book on my TBR list. If only we could slow time while we read so we could actually get through our list though! lol Happy reading and hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark:

    “Garret Stevenson kicked the snow off his boots, climbed the steps to the roofed platform of the Union Pacific Railroad station and stopped.”

    Liked by 1 person

  7. j9reads says:

    My first lines come from Jana Aston’s Good Girl.

    “‘We’re not leaving this bar until you kiss someone.’” Payton says this as if we were in the midst of having a conversation about me kissing someone. We weren’t. I nod all the same because we’re nest friends and I’m used to this kind of outburst from her.”

    I’m featuring lines from Alessandra Torre’s upcoming release Even Money on my blog today. Drop by to check them out!

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  8. I’ve been intrigued since I first saw the cover 😀

    One of my current reads is A Proposal to Die For, the first Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery by Vivian Conroy:

    ‘Marry me.’ The whispered words reached Lady Alkene Callender’s ears just as she was reaching for the gold lighter on the mantelpiece to relight the cigarette in her ivory holder.

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Heather says:

    Happy Saturday!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. bellesmoma16 says:

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Tessa Afshar’s upcoming novel, Thief of Corinth, due out in July. Here I will post the first line from the novel I’m about to begin, This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller.

    November, 1852
    Canadian Rocky Mountains

    “I am the luckiest man alive.”

    Makes you want to read to find out why he’s the luckiest man alive, huh?! Lol! 😊

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  11. Becky says:

    I love the cover of this book. Adding it to my TBR!

    I’m sharing about “No One Ever Asked” by Katie Ganshert on the blog, but I’m currently reading, “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd.

    Alarm’s menacing sting picked Kate Dearborne’s consciousness and hurried her steps.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!

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