First Line Fridays # 12🍀: “The Distant Tide” (Special St. Patrick’s Day Edition)

It’s time for a new edition of First Line Fridays hosted by the Hoarding Books blog!20171006_010334.jpg

Welcome to the special St. Patrick’s Day edition of First Line Friday! In honor of all things Irish, we’re sharing lines from stories related to that culture and heritage. I’ve chosen the first line from The Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert, the first novella in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. The collection begins in medieval Ireland and traverses water and land to end in Industrial era California. I ❤ it!

Collection book cover

First Line:

Ciar’s Kingdom, Ireland

1170 AD

The skies were as unsettled as her own future. Swirling mountain breezes billowed through Britta’s narrow castle window, carrying with them the unmistakable tang of a storm.

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!

21 thoughts on “First Line Fridays # 12🍀: “The Distant Tide” (Special St. Patrick’s Day Edition)

    • Yay! It’s such a good novella collection. I have one of Heather’s I need to read soon! Happy weekend!

  1. Good choice! I need to read this collection. Thanks for sharing!

    My blog is featuring An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy. But here I will share from a book on my Spring TBR list, Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton. “She usually stayed in bed until at least six, but this morning she was restless, like animals get when the barometric pressure drops before a storm.”

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Happy Friday!

    The Barbour novella collections are some of my favorites and I adored this one.

    Here’s the first line from my current read:

    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. (Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald)

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    • I have a couple more of these collections I want to read! Glad to know it!

      Just because, here’s the first line from the book I finished last night (you might recognize it). “You are more than this. Andrew Harris glared at his smartphone while his mother’s text burned into his mind.” – from Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald

    • I have two more on my shelf I need to read! (plus more to discover, I’m guessing!) Happy weekend!

  3. These novella collections from Barbour are so much fun to read!

    Though I’m sharing a book with an Irish hero, The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman, on my blog today, here’s the first line of an audiobook I’ve borrowed from the library on a friend’s recommendation, The Bookshop on the Corner (or, in the UK, The Little Shop of Happily Ever After) by Jenny Colgan:

    “The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things.”

    Happy Friday!

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today at my blog, I am sharing the first lines from Jennifer Delamere’s latest novel, The Heart’s Appeal. It’s such a great book!

    Here I will share the first lines from my next-up book, Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald. This is my first read of this author’s works, but I am very excited!!!

    “July
    Brandi’s head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. Ethan stepped over the threshold.”

  5. I ADORE this collection!!!

    Ty Remington blamed the homemade orange marmalade cake for why he found himself huddled under an overhang off some faraway path in Glacier National Park, shivering, praying he might live through the night.
    Storm Front by Susan May Warren

  6. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from a book I’m currently reading, Praying For Strangers, by River Jordan. Here, I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on. “We’ve spent the night at the ski resort catching up and sharing belated Christmas presents.” Have a great weekend!

  7. That really sets the scene doesn’t it. It sounds like a dramatic story in the making!

    Here is the opening from my favourite story for you: “All children, except one, grow up.” Have a great week.

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