22 November 2019

When I Close My Eyes | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

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

Happy Friday!

There's snow on the ground here, so I anticipate a weekend curled up under a cozy blanket and with a good book—like this one I received in the mail this week.

First Line: The lady came out of the bookstore—it was all decorated for Halloween, all sizes and colors of pumpkins making faces at me from where I watched across Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

From Page 56: From the back he looked composed, a lanky middle-aged man in a tailored blue suit, pushing open that heavy steel door marked ICU and disappearing in the distance.


Could she ever share the secret of The Awful Year?

There is one story that novelist Josephine Bourdillon shirked from writing. And now she may never have a chance. Trapped in her memories, she lies in a coma.

The man who put her there is just as paralyzed. Former soldier Henry Hughes failed to complete the kill. What's more: he never received full payment--funds that would ensure surgery for his son.

As detectives investigate disturbing fan letters, a young but not-so-naïve Paige Bourdillon turns to her mother's turbulent past for answers. Could The Awful Year be worse than the one they're living now?

Set against the flaming hills of North Carolina and the peaceful shores of the Mediterranean Sea, When I Close My Eyes tells the story of two families struggling with dysfunction and finding that love is stronger than death.

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. My first line is from A Match For Emma by Pepper Basham:
    Molly Caudwell needed a perfect match, and Emma Mitchell was the woman to give the newest waitress her very own happily-ever-after.

  2. When I Close My Eyes looks interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Match for Emma” by Pepper Basham:

    “Molly Caudwell needed a perfect match, and Emma Mitchell was the woman to give the newest waitress her very own happily-ever-after.”

  4. Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared the first line from Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright but it's also my current read so I'll share the first line from chapter 22 here: "She was in no mood for a midnight stroll." Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

  5. Happy Saturday! Today, I'm currently reading On My Honour by Elizabeth John's, so I'll share from there.

    "Meg looked down at her hands, which were raw from lye soap. How did people do this every day?"

    Hope you're having a good weekend filled with awesome reading time and rest. 😊❤📖

  6. This one sounds better than I expected from the cover and era. Not a fan of historicals, but this one sounds good. Happy American Thanksgiving weekend!

  7. I hope you're enjoying it. :)

  8. Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing the first line from Unscripted by Davis Bunn: "The entire Beverly Hills jail was nonsmoking and air-conditioned."