First Line Fridays #2: Christmas at Gate 18

It’s time for a new edition of First Line Fridays hosted by the Hoarding Books blog!

Today I’m featuring the novella Christmas at Gate 18 by Amy Matayo because it just released this week! And because I love Christmas. *hums Jingle Bells*

Christmas at Gate 18

The first line:


Maybe the impending storm is putting me in a worse mood than usual, but there are only so many times a girl can repeat the exact same question in the exact same way to the exact same person without feeling her mind begin to unravel.


Your turn! Find the book closest to you and share your first line in the comments! The, head over to Hoarding Books for the linky and visit other FLF posts!

28 thoughts on “First Line Fridays #2: Christmas at Gate 18

  1. The whole first paragraph of this was brilliant! I was almost going to feature it myself this week 🙂

    Instead, I’m featuring the SECOND line from Crystal Walton’s ‘Just Maybe’ on my blog (Carrie has the first line on Reading is my Superpower). Here, I’m going to share the first line from my current read: a speculative novel called ‘Day Moon’ by Brett Armstrong. Here’s the first line:

    “The drizzle tapped on the coffin with an increasing intensity.”

    • Yay, I’m glad to hear it! I’m looking forward to getting to Christmas at Gate 18 very soon.

      And ooooh, that first line is mysterious!

  2. I think many can identify with that first line!

    The first line on my blog this week is from Toni Shiloh’s latest book ‘Returning Home’. I’ll share with you here a book that I just started reading last night.

    June 1811
    A London lady never sallied forth unchaperoned. Least of all to a place with the reputation of Vauxhall Gardens. — First Comes Marriage by Amanda Barratt
    The Regency Brides Collection

  3. Love this first line and now I need to find this book!!
    Here is my first line from The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman
    If you’re the last person to leave Detroit, don’t forget to turn off the lights.
    Have a great weekend!!

  4. This sounds amazing!

    I’m featuring Lu. by Beth Troy on my blog today, but here I shall share the book I’m currently reading.

    “They rode in silence, the murmur of Alex’s expensive late-model white SUV lulling Astrid into drowsiness.”
    -Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

    Happy Weekend!

    • It does promise a fun story, Becky!!!

      That’s an interesting first line…. I can relate to being a sleepy car passenger!

  5. Happy Friday! I want to share the first line from the first chapter instead of from the prologue: (This is a REALLY fun book to read!)

    A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese:

    “I jiggled the locked doorknob again and wished, not for the first time, that it was legal to use tranquilizer darts on adolescent boys.”

    • Oh, I have heard great things about this book!!!!! I got to interview Nicole about it recently. That line is hilarious!

  6. Christmas! How fun! The book I’m featuring on my blog is Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan. However, the book I will share here is Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy. “The bullet spit dirt up in Gage Coulter’s eyes, and he didn’t even flinch.”

    • Mary ALWAYS starts her stories with excitement!!! Fire and Ice is one still on my TBR. Thans for visiting, Anneliese!

  7. “He’d tell his family tonight. After the wedding. Before he turned himself into the police.”

    From Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

  8. Another one on my tbr list!!

    I shared the first line of April McGowan’s Hold the Light today.

    Here’s the first line of the book I just finished reading

    “How can I help?”

    from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

    • Oh, I’ll be reading The Austen Escape soon, too! I know it will be wonderful. It seems like we have similar TBRs :)!

  9. Great first line … but Christmas? It’s too early!

    I’m sharing from the outstanding The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck over on my blog. But I’m current reading The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips. Here’s the first line:

    Hanna Knight clicked the Power button on the radio as she inched the Dodge Ram pickup down the snow-covered highway. Embarrass, Minnesota, was only a few miles farther.

    Embarrass as a place name? That’s even weirder than Iola (yes, there really are two towns in the US called Iola. I am not named for either of them).

    • It’s never too early for Christmas! 🙂

      Enjoy The Engagment Plot !!!! It’s great fun! And yes, Embarrass is the funniest town name. Believe it or not, I think I’ve heard of the Iola in Kansas!!!!

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