First Line Fridays # 24: The Secrets of Paper and Ink

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


Happy Friday! We all know I like books. Another related thing I like, that any booknerd should enjoy, too, is a book with bookish characters. (I even created a Goodreads list for bookish characters…)

The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel happens to feature an English bookstore, bookish characters, and a historical thread! I couldn’t be more excited to read it soon! It released to the world this past week.

First Line:

When life was busy, three months had a way of flurrying by.
But Sophia Barrett’s last ninety-two days had passed in a drizzle of constant monotony.

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

17 thoughts on “First Line Fridays # 24: The Secrets of Paper and Ink

    • Hi Beckie! I like pink, too! I tend to wear darker shades of pink. 🙂 I hope you check out this book! I really liked Lindsay’s debut novel, The Heart Between Us.

  1. My first line is from chapter nine of The White City by Grace Hitchcock:
    Winnifred paused at the corner of South Wallace Street and 63rd and drew a ragged breath as she smoothed down the front of her flawless navy skirt, trying to summon her nerve and ignore her misgivings.

    • I liked it, too! So many books, so little time. I will get to this one soon! 😉 Happy weekend!

      • It was a very unusual, thought-provoking book.
        Oh, I know the feeling!!
        Even as rapidly as I usually read, I’lll never get through even a millionth of the books I want to read. (I’ll be lucky to get through 50 this year, at the rate it is going. 🙁)
        Have a great week!

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I hope to get to it soon.

    Happy Friday!

    I’ve shared the first line from The Deceived by Kelly Harrel over on my blog. But, I am currently reading Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews. OH. MY. WORD! Is this book AMAZING!!!! I’m just starting chapter 12, so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Babylon’s coolest months were warmer than Jerusalem’s winter, and my small world of friendships was warmer still.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😊💜📚

    • That’s a gorgeous line!! (I hope I get to this book soon, too! 🙂 ) Happy weekend!

  3. Happy Friday & Happy Weekend! My first line is from “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” by Jaime Jo Wright:

    “Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind.”

  4. I just shared my review for this one! Loved it!
    On my blog this week I shared the first line from Uninvited by Beckie Lindsay but I’m currently reading Vivir el Dream by Allison K Garcia (Yes, it’s written in *mostly* English but anything in Spanish shares the translation). I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (6) here: “Linda grumbled as she changed from her pajamas into jeans and a t-shirt.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂

  5. I’m glad to hear it!!! I loved Lindsay’s last novel, so I am confident I will like this one! (I mean books + England, how could I not?!)

    Oooh, I bet that is an interesting read! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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