First Line Fridays — The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Open the book nearest to you and share the first line!

Hello, reader friends! It’s FLF time! Today’s featured book is written by a debut author I had the pleasure of meeting at CFRR a few months ago.

Her book is (FINALLY) at the very tippy top of my to-be-read tower! I’m so anxious to get caught up with blogging and reviewing so I can dive back into reading!


The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany TurnerGoodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook


If you’re willing to admit it, you probably know me as Raine de Bourgh. Yes, that Raine de Bourgh. Did you blush at the mere mention of my pen name? Yeah. So did I.


Sooooo, I couldn’t stop at one line. What can I say? The book drew me in!

Your turn, reader friends! What are you reading? Share YOUR first line in the comments, then click the blue blog hopping frog button below to visit more FLF folks!

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33 thoughts on “First Line Fridays — The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

  1. Happy Friday!

    My FLF is from Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

    Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. I LOVED this book! So good!

    I’m featuring the first line from The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller on my blog this week, but right now I’m almost finished a gripping read by Candace Calvert–Disaster Status–so I’m going to give you the first line of that:

    “Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms.”

    Gotta get back to it! Have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from Love Unawares, a historical fiction book by Michelynn Christy:

    Prairie, Texas 1895
    “Well, Jed. Are you ready to meet your new wife tomorrow?”


  4. I have almost finished “A Dangerous Legacy” by Elizabeth Camden. An amazing story!

    “The amount of feminine attention her brother garnered never failed to amaze Lucy.”


  5. I’m sharing about Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but here I’m going to share the first line from The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon.

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

    Chapter 1
    This was not how I’d thought I would die.

    Happy Friday!


  6. The honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs. Above her, heavy clouds menaced the moon, revealing then concealing the scene below.
    From The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller.

    Only half done with this one but it is turning out to be just as good as the other two in the series!

    Looking for ward to Sarah Hollenbeck!



    Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin


  8. Definitely need to check this book out. That first line is great!!!

    I am showcasing Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz this week, so I will post the first line from the book I plan to read after I finish Embracing Hope.

    “This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room. Dozens of little awestruck faces crowded the large studio as I took position to practice my Sugar Plum Fairy solo.”

    So, a little more than one line, but I really like the image this creates of cute little ballerinas excited to see a performance. This comes from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal.


  9. That’s a great first line. I will be checking that book out. I’m featuring A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano on my blog, but here I will share the first line from a novel I recently published called Reluctant To Wed. “Sitting in her grandfather’s traveling coach, Emma suddenly felt the impact of her decision.”


  10. That looks like such a fun book!!! 🙂
    My first line comes from “Suit and Suitability,” a vintage Jane Austen retelling by Kelsey Bryant.

    The voice of the jury foreman was deep and emotionless, so uncannily like her father’s that Ellen Dashiell could almost believe Dad was convicting himself.


  11. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck is probably the best debut novel I’ve read this year. I’ve recommended it to so many people (some of them even listened to me).

    I’m sharing from The Dishonourable Miss DeLancy over on my blog, but I’m currently reading The Captive Brides collection. I’ve just started Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson. Here’s the first line:

    Matilda Brampton took one more look at the walls of the Parramatta Female Factory and vowed it would be her last.


  12. On my page I shared the first line from Heather Day Gilbert’s “God’s Daughter” a suburb story rich in viking history. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.

    I’ll share here an old favorite of mine “Heidi”
    From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the food of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below.


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