03 July 2020

Line by Line | 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!

I can't believe it's July already! I have ambitious reading plans for the month, which include this new book from Jennifer Delamere.

First Line: Alice McNeil looked up at the London boardinghouse that had been her home for over a year.

From Page 56: The last thing she needed was for him to discover she had bought the spinster book.


Alice McNeil resolved at a young age to travel through life unencumbered by love or marriage, free to make her own decisions. A seasoned telegrapher, she's recently acquired a coveted position at an important trading firm, but when the company's ambitious junior director returns to London, things begin to change in ways Alice could never have imagined.

For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He's also determined to marry into high society--a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.

He and Alice form a friendly relationship based on mutual respect, but anything deeper is not in their plans. However, when Alice accidentally raises the ire of a jealous and vindictive coworker who's intent on ruining her life, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to risk finding a better way?

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 30, 2020

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. Great lines! I love that cover, too. Here's mine: “THE SWAP”

  2. Interesting beginning!

    Btw, I liked the idea of this post. I too will participate :)

  3. I loved this book!

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first couple of lines from Molly by Sarah Monzon: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/07/03/first-line-friday-142/. I'm currently on chapter 6, so I will share from there.
    "An eighty-hour work week -- that's all the hospital was allowed to work the interns and residents per the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. But when I'd gently reminded Dr. Feinburg of that fact after he'd assigned me to continue care for the patient admitted earlier, I'd been loudly and matter-of-factly put in my place."
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with family fun and relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚

  4. My first line this week is from an Appalachian Summer by Ann Gabhart:
    May 20, 1933
    Piper Danson’s cheeks hurt from smiling for what seemed like hours with no relief in sight.
    Excellent book as always from Ann.

  5. I'm curious for more! Happy Independence day weekend!

  6. I like the sound of Line by Line. I already like Alice from the blurb you shared. I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and well, Hallie.