07 February 2020

The Land Beneath Us | 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!

The final Paxton brother is headed for D-Day, and I cannot wait to see what turns his story will take in Sarah Sundin's third Sunrise at Normandy book. I have every intention of binge-reading the series very soon.

First Line: Most men woke in a cold sweat when they dreamed of their own deaths, but not Private Clay Paxton.

From Page 56: "My life was a pit. I was miserable. Then God gave me this dream and showed me the way out. Never once has it bothered me. It always brings peace, even joy."


In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers' betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for--fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family--the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah's life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay's recurring dream comes true?

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/02/07/first-line-friday-122/. I haven't started the book yet, so I will share a line from the novel I am reading with my Freshmen Honors class, Elsewhere.
    "The end came quickly, and there wasn't any pain."
    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤️📚

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

    "Well this was a fine mess."

  3. My first line is from The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze
    “ Forgive my cryptic invitation to lunch, Miss Bracey, but I dared not go into detail on the chance your post was intercepted.”
    Happy reading this weekend!

    Love Sarah’s books!

  4. She writes wonderful stories!! I love that cover too! Happy weekend!

  5. A librarian? I might have to try this!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. I absolutely loved this one, and the whole series! ❤️ Right now I’m reading The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano; here’s the first line: “By all accounts, Suesca was haunted.”

    Have a great weekend! 😊📚

  7. This week on my blog I shared the first line from More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson but I'm currently reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck so I'll share the first line from chapter 9: "The only thing worse than donning a rented tux on a Friday night so he could rub elbows with Manhattan's rich and infamous, was inviting a last-minute date." Hope you have a great weekend!

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