21 September 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Christmas With the Cowboy & The Christmas Prayer

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

Happy Friday!

It may still be September, but Christmas books are already coming up on the TBR—I'm not mad about it. I love indulging in sweet holiday reads, and these two new releases look like they won't disappoint.

First Line of Christmas With the Cowboy: "Woo-hoo! Go get 'em, cowboy!"

From Page 56 of The Christmas Prayer: "I'll make sure my boy stays clear of your wagon and your precious jar of candy."

Home for the holidays.
A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch.
Former navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots--and the woman he couldn't have. Back to visit his brother's widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past...and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all--love?
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Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

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.


  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden.


    Baltimore, Maryland, 1867

    "Come on, boy. Your dad needs you."

  2. I'm drawn to the excerpts and the holiday theme. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS”

  3. Happy Friday!😊

    My first lines come from Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross.....

    Life, as Aiden Mannion knew firsthand, could be dangerous. Anything could happen. You could be hit by a taxi while sightseeing in Times Square. Run headfirst into a tree while shushing down a diamond run pretending you were Bode Miller.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Fall!💕

  4. These both sound good. I like to wait until nearer the holiday to read holiday books though. This week I am featuring The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. Happy reading!

  5. Both of these books look interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  6. I love the first line of Christmas With the Cowboy. Definitely sets the atmosphere!

  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Rebecca’s Legacy” by Betty Thomason Owens:

    “Are you crazy? My father’s going to kill me.”

  8. I can't believe it's getting to be that time of year already!! Happy weekend!

  9. I’m featuring lines from A.K. MacBride’s upcoming release Shattered on my blog.

    Here, I’m sharing lines from Rachael Brownell’s Chasing Fate. It’s my quirky blind date with a book this month.

    ”What do you mean, you quit your job?”

    Happy Reading!

  10. I’m sharing from a Christmas novella on my blog. Here I’ll share from Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Sarah Price:

    “Sunflowers always made Belle happy. Very happy.”

    Happy Friday!

  11. It's too early to be thinking about Christmas ... Although I found out this week my local supermarket is already (still?) selling hot cross buns!

    I've been on a romantic suspense reading kick recently, so my first line is from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin. It definitely ticks all the romantic suspense boxes!

  12. The book I shared this week is Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble but I'm currently reading an ARC of The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall so I'll share the first line here: "What would it feel like to drown…to float listlessly down… down… beneath the chilled waters of the Atlantic?" I can honestly say I don't want to find out! Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! :)

  13. Not feeling like winter here today. It was very difficult to travel in those days. I don't know how people managed.