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First Line Friday — Thankfulness

24 Nov

This is definitely the week for thankfulness, including being thankful for books! On Tuesday I shared my Top 10 List of books I’ve read in 2017 that I am thankful for. (Check it our HERE.) And today the folks at Hoarding Books are sharing the first lines of books that fit the Thanksgiving season. I bypassed the books about food because my waistline has been compromised. 😉 Instead I am sharing the first line from a book I haven’t yet read, but I am very thankful for. Why? Because it really started the whole CF genre. Take a look! For other bloggers and their Thanksgiving-themed first lines, click HERE.

My first line comes from Christy by Catherine Marshall. Authors of CF owe a lot to her, and I am looking forward to digging into this classic in the next few days. But for now, here’s the first line.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the closest book and share the first line in the comments.


The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her–and her one-room school–as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?


Catherine Sarah Wood Marshall LeSourd (27 September 1914 – 18 March 1983) was an American author of nonfiction, inspirational, and fiction works. She was the wife of well-known minister Peter Marshall.

Top 10 Tuesday — Fall TBR List

19 Sep

Can you believe that in two days it will be Fall?! Here in middle Georgia the department stores are sporting Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decor for sale, but the temperatures are hovering in the Summer-range, so Fall doesn’t seem that imminent. But what is imminent is my Fall TBR list (or pile!). The folks at The Broke And The Bookish are asking bloggers to share what they will be reading in the next few months, and I am always eager to oblige. I have a wide variety of reading ahead of me — historical, romance, contemporary, mystery/suspense, and interestingly enough, a couple of Christmas novels! So without further ado, my Fall TBR List!

Top Ten Books on My TBR List

The Case of The Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

Deeds of Darkness by Mel Starr

How Sweet The Sound by Amy Sorrells 

Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

What are you reading this Fall?