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First Line Fridays – A Christmas Carol

Merry almost-Christmas everyone! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays here at Hoarding Books & blog across the stratosphere 🙂

Since today is the last FLF before Christmas, let’s head to the most famous Christmas story outside of the Bible.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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“Marley was dead: to begin with.”

Doesn’t that make you just want to curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and a quilt and read this classic all over again? (Or maybe for the first time – #noshame )

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18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – A Christmas Carol

  1. To go with “A Christmas Carol” I’m going to share two lines from “Jacob T. Marley” by R. William Bennett.
    Preface: Ebenezer Scrooge’s visit with the four ghosts and his subsequent redemption is well known throughout the world.
    Chapter 1: Marley’s death was but a beginning.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

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  2. Merry Christmas, Carrie!

    My first line comes from Deborah Raney’s Circle of Blessings:

    Dakota Territory, 1864

    It was almost closing time, and in all of his seventeen years, James Collingwood could not remember being so bone-weary as he felt tonight.

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  3. It’s a while since I’ve read this. I must get it out again.

    On my blog, I’m featuring the first line from a fun Christmas read called ‘Tinsel in a Tangle’ by Laurie Germaine, but here, I’m going to share the first line from another Christmas book I recently finished, this one by Chautona Havig, called ‘Carol and the Belles’:

    “I’ll never get off this plane.”

    Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one!

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    “Good morning, Kansas!” The radio scratched out static over deejay Kris Kristiansen’s lilting baritone. – Silver Bells by Deborah Raney

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  5. Merry Christmas!

    Today on my blog I am featuring Desert Duet by Debra Marvin. I’m just beginning chapter 3, so I will leave the first line from that chapter.

    “The new gray fedora, with its crisp, black grosgrain band, would be a stylish, but dismal failure at preventing sunburn.”

    I’m really enjoying this story! Happy Friday. 😊

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  6. I know the story of A Christmas Carol, but I’ve never read it either #NoShame

    I’m sharing from All is Bright by Andrea Grigg over on my blog, a wonderful novella set in Australia … which means a summer Christmas (FYI, that’s normal for me. Not so normal for most of you, or for my Icelandic pastor and his family.)

    I’m currently reading A Sweethaven Christmas by Courtney Walsh, an new favourite author. Here’s the first line:

    “Why is that woman staring over here?” Lila shifted in the tall-backed linen-covered chair and nodded towards a blonde woman at the bar.

    I suspect this is going to be more than a Christmas story …

    Blessings as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour this week!

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