15 June 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Together Forever

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

Happy Friday!

Perhaps, with Father's Day being this weekend, Jody Hedlund's latest Orphan Train book is an interesting choice to feature today... But I enjoyed reading Together Forever earlier this week and can't help sharing about it.

First Line: Marianne Neumann's fingers were shaking so hard she could barely pry open the first record book.

From Page 56: After almost an hour of high-pitched enthusiasm, many of the children returned to their seats. Some were already quiet, contemplative as if realizing how different their lives would be, how much was changing, and how far from home they were going.

Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love?

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.

As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

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 in hosting a Father's Day-themed FLF.


  1. I loved reading this book from Jody Hedlund! I always know I'm in for a wonderful story, when I pick up one of her books. Have a great weekend.

  2. This is on my TBR! I love Jody Hedlund!

    My first line is from Laura Ingall Wilder’s, “Little House on the Prairie” which I am sharing on the blog today. I’m still currently reading “Just Let Go” so I don’t have an actual first line to share today that isn’t from the blog.

    Happy reading!

  3. This sounds wonderful. It is a new title for me. This week I have Girl With a Gun by Kari Bovee - a historical mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!

  4. Sounds like a good read! Happy weekend!

  5. Jody Hedlund is a great writer! The book I'm sharing this week on my blog is "Before the Apocalypse" by Taylor Jaxon. This is a Young Adult Christian Suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter Fourteen of that same book: "Sam extended his hand through the doorway of the ivy-covered mansion. An appendage the size of a catcher’s mitt engulfed his palm." Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  6. I love Jody Hedlund and this looks like one to put on my wishlist! I hope you can stop by:



  7. I loved Together Forever!
    The book I'm sharing on my blog today is Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey but it's also the book I'm currently reading so I'll share the first line of my current chapter (12): "'Do you think he followed you there?' Parker asked, taking a bit of kung pao chicken." Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading! :)

  8. Happy Friday!😎

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading soon, The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown.

    I have a complicated relationship with my memory. Most of us, me included, believe our memories are fairly accurate.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚🌼

  9. Wow that 56 really makes you wonder what they're going through, and how they'll react.

  10. Happy Friday!

    Today’s first lines come from Finding Wicked by Kathryn L. James

    “The day started out like any other, but then I received an email from Cordelia Irwin, the human resources director, and it was tagged urgent.”

    Sounds ominous, doesn’t it!

    I’m featuring lines from Nina Lane’s The Secret Thief on my blog today. I hope you can stop by!

  11. Happy Friday! My first line is from The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck:

    “He must finish. He must.”

  12. I'm reading a novella today, The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller. Here are the first lines:

    "Lucy Fisher had never been so drenched in her entire life. Still, she managed a smile as her bus drove away."

    Have a great weekend!

  13. This sounds like a sad story.

    Today on my blog I'm sharing from Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall, part of the Timeless Love collection. I'll share the first line from another story in the collection here, Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo:

    "It wasn't right to pray he would just die."

  14. Happy Saturday! My first line is from Candace Cameron's new book, Kind is the New Classy: "Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for the amazing job I have. I get to entertain people through comedy, romance, drama and heartfelt storytelling by acting my way through your television screens." Happy reading!

  15. I loved that book!!!!

    This week, I'm showcasing the first line from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Here, I will share the first line from the book I just started reading, More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer.

    July 1894 -- Pecan Gap, TX
    Logan Fowler dismounted outside the Lucky Lady Saloon, anticipation thrumming in his veins.

    I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of reading time!

  16. I definitely want to know more now. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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