21 February 2020

A Promise in Pieces | 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!

This is one book that's been sitting on my shelf for too long. I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done this weekend, but I'm hoping I'll have time to squeeze it in.

First Line: Noah looked like his father, and she hadn't noticed it before.

From Page 56: "And it all started with a quilt."


A baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.

After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.

Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

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 lines are from Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill
    Thirty Seconds. If they were still arguing, she’d call the cops then. Let the professionals deal with them.

  2. This sounds lovely. I have a feeling I'd be crying for one reason or the other if I read this. Check out my featured book at https://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/2020/02/its-cozy-food-friday-that-means-its_21.html

  3. I'm already tearing up after reading that blurb! This sounds like such a heartwarming story mixed in with the grief. I will have to look for this one. Have a great weekend!

  4. I bet this is awesome!! Happy weeekend!

  5. Happy Friday! Today, I'm sharing the first line from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green: "Meg's father was gone. Again."


  6. Hope you're enjoying it. Have a great weekend!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. I love the quilt on the cover!

  8. Happy Friday! On my blog I'm sharing the first line from a Mary Connealy book, Woman of Sunlight. Here's the next line:

    "Her face was peppered with half-healed blisters left from having chicken pox, but she resisted the urge to slap her hands over her scabby cheeks."

  9. Happy Saturday! 😊
    Yesterday I shared the first few lines from Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters by Aspen Hadley. I'm just starting chapter 10, so I'll share a line from there.
    "Sunday night I was lounging in the comfy over-stuffed chair in the corner of my room, flipping through an old copy of Pride and Prejudice that I'd read a few times."
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. ❤📖

  10. Happy Saturday! This sounds like an amazing book!

    On my blog this week I'm sharing the first line from So Over My Head by Jenny B Jones:

    "If my love life were the knife toss at a circus, I'd have Luke Sullivan speared to the wall with an apple in his mouth."

    I hope you have a great rest of your weekend :)

  11. Happy Weekend! My first line is from "The Fifth Avenue Story Society" by Rachel Hauck:

    "Well this was a fine mess."

  12. Look at the way my associate Wesley Virgin's story starts in this SHOCKING AND CONTROVERSIAL video.

    As a matter of fact, Wesley was in the military-and shortly after leaving-he revealed hidden, "mind control" secrets that the CIA and others used to get whatever they want.

    These are the EXACT same secrets lots of famous people (notably those who "became famous out of nowhere") and top business people used to become rich and successful.

    You probably know that you utilize only 10% of your brain.

    That's really because the majority of your brain's power is UNCONSCIOUS.

    Maybe this expression has even occurred INSIDE your very own head... as it did in my good friend Wesley Virgin's head seven years back, while riding an unlicensed, beat-up trash bucket of a car with a suspended driver's license and $3.20 in his pocket.

    "I'm very fed up with going through life paycheck to paycheck! When will I become successful?"

    You've been a part of those those types of conversations, right?

    Your own success story is waiting to start. All you need is to believe in YOURSELF.