10 November 2017

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Bespoke

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I started craving Christmas books this week. I'm usually a wait-until-after-Thanksgiving-for-all-things-Christmas person, but not this year. So, I started with Bespoke by Amanda Dykes, a charming historical holiday novella. I hope you enjoy the lines, like I did.

(Also, if you have any recommendations for Christmas books, I'd love to hear them!)

First Line (and a Few More): Whispers about the Secret Symphony of Giovanni St. John filled the world from every direction: The symphony that tempted fate. The symphony with a name shrouded in mystery. The one no one would ever, ever hear... or so Giovanni St. John said.

From Page 58: "I'm glad you said what you did," he narrowed his eyes as he studied the fire in the hearth. "I want to understand. And I want to help."

A Secret. A Bicycle. A Promise. 
While the elusive Secret Symphony of Giovanni St. John captivated the world's fascination, it left his daughter closed away in the Silent House; she, the one who holds the fullness of truth about the ninth symphony. Now Aria St. John is determined to not only break free of the loss that has defined her, but to honor her father through one final gift in his last days. 
On the tiny Isle of Espoir, only one man can help in her quest: James Shaw, the village blacksmith and the lost friend of her childhood. Will they be able to overcome the tragedy that separated them before it's too late? 
Written to slip easily into the stolen moments of the busy holiday season, this enchanting novelette delves into the miracle of second chances, the gift of God's healing redemption, and the joy of the unexpected.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books* and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.

*This week, Hoarding Books is hosting a military/patriotic-themed FLF to honor Veterans Day.


  1. My first line is from a book I'm going to be reading soon Hope Travels Through by Loni Kemper Moore.....

    The first time Dad picked me up at the Evansville airport in his 1976 Corvette, I should have recruited a fairy godmother. Not that I believed in such things.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Great excerpts! I love the book's cover, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE CRUELEST MONTH”

  3. Lovely cover and I wonder if I already know the secret.?.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  5. Pretty cover! I love Christmas books too! Love Inspired Historical has some lovely texts. Happy Friday!

  6. I'm curious for more! Happy weekend!

  7. Happy Weekend!

    SEPTEMBER 1943

    Esther's father halted the lazy swaying of the porch swing. - While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

  8. Happy Friday!

    I'm showcasing The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner on my blog this week. So, here I will share a line from the book I'm currently reading, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. I'm just starting chpt. 15, so that's the line I'll share:

    "On Monday morning, Kate heard her email ping and saw the message was from the Northern District of Georgia. Her heartbeat sped up as she clicked to open it."

  9. It's never to early for a holiday read as Christmas always arrives so much faster then we expect. LOL This sounds interesting and has such a lovely cover. Hope you enjoy it:)

    My Friday 56 from The Memory Trees

  10. My current read is An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
    Eton College, Berkshire, England, 1797
    "The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood."


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