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First Line Friday.

This week’s book is

The first line reads.” It’s a dreary afternoon, just after lunch, when I finally find out that you’re dead”.

A promising first line, hints of a missing person, now known to be dead, and a good mystery to be solved.

I did my last library shift this week, before we move, if we move. I would probably have kept going another couple of weeks but can’t risk it with my husband’s poor health. It was a odd shift, much quieter than usual, books coming back and not so many going out, enquiries too about e books. And a slight edge of fear as we rubbed in the hand gel and disappeared to keep washing our hands. A sad way to finish my time as a volunteer, I have loved every other time for the last three and a half years. Not certain how long the library can stay open, as most of the voluunteers are over 70.

This book is the only one I have out on loan, after this I shall be reading from my to be read pile. Quite looking forward to that, and of course there is always all my other books to re-read and my trusty Kindle. Life without books is unthinkable. Incredibly grateful that I am a reader. Escapism is sometimes highly desirable.

Linking with Hoarding Books to share my first line-here


Comments on: "First Line Friday." (42)

  1. Paula Shreckhise said:

    Iโ€™m featuring Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund
    Vancouver Island. September 18, 1862
    Today she might meet the man sheโ€™d marry.

  2. This week on my blog I shared the first line from One Little Lie but I’m just about to dig into Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters so I’ll share that first line here: “Pecca Gallegos never thought she’d be turning down a marriage proposal–much less four of them.” Hope you are doing well and can enjoy some quality reading time during all this social distancing!

  3. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from my current read, Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne. Here is the first line of chapter four:

    “Three new fairy houses found their way to Fairy Trail Lane the following week.”

    Hope you stay healthy and have a great weekend!

  4. Great first line. Sounds like an interesting read. Life as we know it is changing. Moving during all this can be bumpy so best to just roll with it and not let anything stress you. Writing your story is a good way to let it all out. I journal twice daily to keep my cool. My kids want me to spend time writing about my life too. Maybe soon as I get the yard in order. Spring is here and so are the weeds. It’s nice to be in the garden though. People stop and talk to me while I work. Just keeping a good distance.

    • Those of us with gardens to retreat to are the lucky ones I think. I am also trying to write down some family memories. Packing yesterday involved some photo albums- lovely memories but the sight of the more recent ones, made me cry for the loss of what was such a short time ago. Difficult days. Take care xx

  5. Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund: “Today she might meet the man she’d marry.”


  6. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Libraries here are all closed for now but I managed to get books out before they did. Stay safe

    • I just renewed this book online- date it gave me 12 June. Plenty of time to finish it, getting it back might be via the postal service. Take carexx

  7. A ripping first line, Cathy – thank you! So sorry to hear your library’s trials, but it might be worse… all ours are closed. Am so grateful just now that I’ve never read Jane Austen, and that all her books are available free from Gutenberg. However, if this past week is any indication, am not so sure about having more time to read, day or night! Partly because of the extra comments from the monthly virtual tea party, which I’m enjoying very much. Mostly it’s because I’m a slow writer, and not a very good typist. Perhaps both will improve with use. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I know the right thing will happen with your move, whichever way it goes, and that your journaling becomes a wonderful experience. With all my reading, I hadn’t come across that idea–that I remember!–and it is a good one!
    Meanwhile, keep on keeping on, and God bless! xx

    • In many ways we are lucky to be packing boxes- it’s exhausting! It also stops us worrying all day long! I like Jane Austin very much- not so keen on Sense and Sensibility- but really love Northanger Abbey.

      • Hm. That’s interesting. Hadn’t thought to start with Northanger but will consider opening lines of each. . . Thank you for this suggestion, Cathy, and good luck with the packing. Hope you’re sleeping well each night, as another positive.

  8. lelandandbecky said:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Jerusalem Assassin” by Joel C. Rosenberg:

    “They were coming, and he knew they were coming, and he knew why – they were coming to kill him and to kill the president and to kill anyone else who got in their way. They were coming to settle scores.”

  9. That’s an excellent first line Cathy! Good luck with the move, now is such an uncertain and risky time to be doing it. Hopefully you will sail through and arrive safely in your new home with husband and all your books intact. I find it quite stressful when my home is in flux – the whole process I’ve just completed seemed unending at the time yet really it was less than three months go to whoa. And such a lovely ending too – and that’s the really important thing.

    I was interested by a comment you made about keeping diaries of our lives during this time. I started a diary again after years of not, simply to help my memory which I find a bit hit and miss at times. I wanted to practise the art of daily recall to see if it stops me just letting everything go floating off into the ether. (It does seem to be working) But while I thought it might be filled with creative ideas and notes on things I saw while walking, I find it has segued into a record of my world living with covid19………. It’s the place where I keep myself in checks and balances about what is real and what is imagined or feared. And from that point of view it is totally worthwhile!

    • I agree with you about the need to keep life in check at these times, and I am back to writing mine again.I have a large notebook which I use, and it does help to download my worries and hopes.
      Things are escalating quickly here now- pubs and restaurants, gyms and leisure centres all closed from tonight.
      I’ve managed to find a firm who can deep clean the house we are buying before we move in, just need to firm up the details.
      You and the lovely Siddy stay safe and enjoy your walks.

      • Now that is a thoroughly sensible thing to have done anyway – crisis or no crisis. And I also recommend putting some of your favourite oils into a diffuser and letting them do their thing after that process is complete. Clears the air and helps get rid of chemical residue too.

  10. Happy Friday! I hope you and your family are all doing OK in this crazy time. God’s got us all!
    Today on my blog, I’m sharing from The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/03/20/first-line-friday-128/. I’m currently reading Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter. It is SO good. I’ll share a line from there.
    “Levi was a genius.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“–

  11. MrsDMVH said:

    Now this sounds like the start to a gripping read!! Happy Friday!

  12. Kirby preppybookprincess said:

    I’m sorry to hear your time as library volunteer had to come to an so suddenly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Hopefully you’ll have lots of reading time to tackle the books on your TBR list!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Inheritance by Michael Phillips:

    “On a late afternoon of a surprisingly warm day, a small lad sat on a large stone with the blue of sky and water spreading out before him.”

    Hope you stay safe and healthy and have a great rest of your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sorry that youโ€™re volunteering at the library is finished. Our libraries have already closed so Iโ€™m grateful for my stack to be read, plus my Nook books. That and my assortment of UFOs to work on. Stay safe everyone.

  14. PS Is first line Friday a thing that I can link too, or your invention? xx

    • Course you can link too- there’s an inlinz thing if you follow my link to the here at the end of the post.

      • Thank you. I scoured your post twice for a link and never spotted it. Now i see it, I realise that is down to my brain rather than you not making it clear xx

  15. Sorry to hear your time as a library volunteer has ended in such a lacklustre way. Our Library has closed today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  16. Sorry your time as a library volunteer ended like that. Our libraries have all closed. I took the only book I had back before this as I had finished it but I have plenty of books at home to chose from. Our libraries said they would extend all loans by 12 weeks and stop charging fines so good for people who do have books at home.

    • We were able to issue 20 books to everyone, but no-one really wanted to linger long enough to choose that number. So sad. The library is such an important place for many older people.

  17. I am so sorry that your last shift was overcast by this – I am keeping my fingers crossed for all of you!! (I also find it a little odd that people were not checking out a lot of books – I would have had problems to carry it all!)

    Good luck with the move, if it happens – I hope it won’t be too stressful and if it happens, everything comes out just right. Please stay safe!

    (Oh, and by the way – I absolutely love the first line. LOVE it. It’s just how a first line should be, it really gets you hooked just like that. I started “Sleeping Giants” yesterday, and while the Prologue’s first sentence isn’t too exciting (“I was eleven years old.”), the first line of the first part reads: “How big was the hand?”.)

    • How big was the hand could be a bit spooky!
      It was a shame that my last time in the library was like this. They are really struggling to find volunteers now, my entire shift won’t be coming in- over 70 or living with a vulnerable person.
      I reckon in the end it will be down to a couple of days a week. They want to keep open because so many people use the computers and we have the only publicly available photocopier.
      Strange time to live through.

      • That’s true – someone said yesterday that they were worried because they were living through a time that would be covered in a history book, but, well, that’s life, I guess. As long as we will take care of each other, I hope everyone will get through this.

        (the size of the hand – it’s huge indeed – is established in the prologue. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But you’re right, it gets you in alert mode right away!)

        • Covid-19 will go down for sure in the history books. It’s been suggested we all keep diaries about how it is effecting us, as part on living history for future generations. I just notice how very quiet it is.

  18. Where would we be without our faithful books?
    Good luck with your move.

  19. Luckily you have many books at home to be getting on with. During the lockdown i might even read during the daytime without feeling guilty about it, as i usually do, feeling I should be doing something more ‘useful’. Every cloud……

    • I never feel guilty about reading in the day if I can get away with it. Started young by disappearing upstairs to read- Mum called it sloping off because she had a job for me. I do have a lot of books it is very true. Really becomes evident when you have to pack them in boxes and tell the rmoval men you need more boxes. Enjoy the luxuary of extra reading.

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