Friday, September 8, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home | First Line Fridays

Today's book...

*happy sigh*
*like really happy sigh*

I have liked every book that I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and this one was no different. I wasn't sure that I would like it, seeing as I'd only read her historical fiction, and this one is modern. That, and THEN it flips back and forth from present-day to past...and I'm not a huge fan of backstory. But this book...It was so beautifully written! I really like it. I really do. I'm so keeping this book on my shelf!!

Oh yeah.
First line.
Sorry guys. I had to endorse it first. ;)

The first line isn't one of those "gripping" and "what happens next" lines, but this story... yeah... you just need to read it. ;) It's super sweet and etc. (I have a review at the end of the post)

Do you like back-story? Books that flip from present-day to past?

Be sure to hop along to all of these other blogs and see what First Lines they have to share!
Please note that I may not fully endorse all of the books that these bloggers read or the content in these blogs.

Rachel - Bookworm Mama
Andi - Radiant Light
Robin - Robin's Nest
Kathleen - Kathleen Denly
Trisha – Joy of Reading
Jeanette – CJane Read
Iola – Iola Golton
Anna – Cross Romance
Alicia - A Brighter Destiny

My Review

A hint of mystery. A hint of intrigue. A hint of bitterness. A hint of romance. This seemed to be the perfect balance of all of that. What is best is that there was way more than a hint of faith and Christianity. From the first few chapters, characters with strong faith in God crossed the pages. It was truly a blessing to have it unashamedly crossing the pages. Sean. Hazel. Oh my, those characters were amazing! There was no doubt about how they viewed God and the Bible.

Now for the actual story. The whole relationship between Hazel, her daughter, and granddaughter, was amazingly real and a study of human nature and how one’s past, left unresolved, will affect their decisions—even when they do not realize it.

As I mentioned, the faith content was five-star. The Gospel was clearly presented, living by the Spirit clearly shown—yet there were also portions that were true such as a church being judgmental and turning people away from the church. So many things were covered in this book and were Biblically sound.

The romance was truly just a hint, and not at all emotionally driven. There was one scene of past events that I wouldn’t recommend younger readers reading (one of the characters had gotten pregnant out of wedlock and it highlights that a little yet doesn’t become explicit).

In conclusion, I enjoyed this read and happily place another Kim Vogel Sawyer book on my shelf.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books and happily provided my honest review*


Fiction Aficionado said...

This one piques my interest!

I’m featuring Nicole Deese’s new book, “A New Shade of Summer” on my blog this week, but I’ve FINALLY managed to get around to reading Susan May Warren’s “A Matter of Trust”, and I almost didn’t even want to put it down to do the First Line Friday rounds! But I’ve forced myself to share the first line:

“Gage Watson blamed the trouble on the bright, sunny day.”

Trisha Robertson said...

Great first line! I've not read one of her books in awhile, but have enjoyed those that I read. You've inspired me to pick up one of her books soon!
On my blog this week I'm sharing the first line from a book I just finished. The Case of the Clobbered Cad. It was a fun story to read.
I'll share here the first line from a book my son is currently reading.
Tree Tall and the Whiteskins by Shirlee Evans
"Tree Tall crept through the high dew-damp grass along the creek bank. It was early. The sun was not yet over the hill."

Tima Murrell said...

My first line on my blog is from Colleen Coble. But I grabbed a book beside me for here.
"He'd found her." by The Texan's Courtship Lessons by Noelle Marchand. My mom gave this book to me and I haven't read it yet.

englishmysteriesblog said...

Of course you know that I would love this first line! Now I need a cup of tea. :) I have several books by this author that I still need to read...happy Friday!

Amanda Tero said...

@ Fiction - I hope you try it out! :) I've seen that first line before. :) I haven't read anything by Warren (yet) though.

@ Trisha - yay!! :) Sounds like a fun read with your son!

@ Tima - thanks for sharing!

@ English - yep, of course you would. ;) :) You need to try her out! :D

Andi said...

Happy Friday! Great first line!

Becky Smith said...

Happy Friday!!

My first line is from For Such a Moment by Marie Wells Coutu:

“Ellen Nielson scanned the large office, seeking a secret corner where she could escape.”

Nicole Santana said...

My quote comes from The Pursuit of Lady Harriet by Rachel Anderson. This is book #3 in series. I highly recommend all three novels!

"'How dreadful it would be to live on one's own permanently,' Lady Harriet Cavendish said to no one in particular as she walked through a thick grove of pines in Askern, Yorkshire."

Amanda Tero said...

@ Andi - thanks!

@ Becky - Ooh... I like that first line!

@ Nicole - I'll have to look into those! :)

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