I know it’s late in the day, but I’m going to try to start featuring a “First Line Friday” each week. Let’s see how consistent I’ll be. I hope you will participate. Just pick up the book nearest you and type the first sentence in the book in the comments below.
First sentences are essential. They pull you, the reader, into the story. I just finished reading Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake. I’ve read many of her books and have enjoyed them all. But since I just finished that particular book, here is the first sentence from that novel. “Exactly how much damage can one tiny fish bone do?” Sound’s interesting, doesn’t it? Why is she asking the question? What is it that may get damaged? So you find yourself reading the next sentence and then the next. And that’s good story writing.
In case you’re interested in knowing what this book is about, I’ll give you a quick book review. The time period is 1859. Ruth is sweet and a bit quirky. She is not typical and, therefore, has been pushed aside and labeled a misfit. She grew up in Missouri, but journey’s west to meet her father, who she has never met before. When she arrives, she is understandably shocked to find out her father had passed away a while ago. His business partner, Josh McCain, now owns the ranch, but it seems he may have to share ownership of the ranch with Ruth. The side characters are great. The book is a bit suspenseful. The romance develops in a believable and endearing manner. Josh is a man of integrity. He would rather do the right thing than choose an easier route. This was the second time I read this book and I enjoyed it all over again.
Now it’s your turn. Even if you are reading this blog and it’s no longer Friday, go ahead and answer the question anyway. What is the first line in the book you are currently reading?