First Line Fridays # 26: “A Table by the Window” by Hillary Manton Lodge

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

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This has been the kind of week requiring some comfort stories. (I had to say goodbye to one of my beloved kitties who was very sick.) SO, I sought out something familiar, easy to read, and cozy in its own way. Hillary Manton Lodge’s “Two Blue Doors” series is just that! A favorite of mine, I started with the middle story, intending to reread just it. Well…. after reading it, most of book 1, and favorite scenes in book 3, I think it’s safe to say I revisited the series.

Here, I’m sharing the first line of A Table by the Window, the book that started it all. The family secrets. The blend of French and Italian cuisine. The restaurant culture, friendships, family banter, and the sweetest long distance romance. If you’re curious, I highly recommend this whole series! (I’ll link my reviews below.)

“I can’t believe she left you the prep table,” my brother Nico groused as he and my oldest brother, Alex, carried the piece up the stairs to my apartment.

Reviews: A Table by the Window | Reservations for Two | Together at the Table

Your turn! What’s your first line? Do you have a go-to, favorite “comfort” series or book?

19 thoughts on “First Line Fridays # 26: “A Table by the Window” by Hillary Manton Lodge

  1. I read this book and loved it, but have not read the others in the series. I probably need to remedy that! Here is the first line from Lori Benton’s upcoming release, The King’s Mercy. “Alex McKinnon roused to the press wood beneath his cheek and an ominous churning in his gut.”

    Have a great day!

    • You should finish the series!!! Each book transitions seamlessly into the next. It’s one great story! πŸ™‚ I’m highly anticipating that book by Lori, too!

  2. Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Sherrinda Ketchersid’s debut novel “Lord of Her Heart”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 11 of the same book.
    “Tension filled the air as servants jostled each other in a frantic pace to prepare meals for those at the tournament.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Happy Friday!
    Today I shared the first line from Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner but it’s also the book I’m about to dig into so I don’t have an extra line at the moment to share. Have a great weekend!

  4. I need to read this series!!! I have a couple of them on my tbr but to properly binge, I need them ALL! The first line from my current read, The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason is:
    “There was no turning back now!”

    • Yes girl, you do! It’s one to binge with tissues and plenty of food on hand, because it will make you hungry. And laugh out loud. Happy weekend!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens — https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/05/09/first-line-friday-86/. It’s such a good book … I highly recommend it. Currently, I’m reading Shine the Light by April McGowan. I’m on chapter seven, so I’ll share the first line from there:

    “Shannon didn’t feel comfortable having Justin stay with her.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! πŸ™‚β€πŸ“š

  6. The quote I’m sharing on my blog today is from the novella collection An Amish Reunion. This is the first line from page 81 of my current read, Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher:

    “Ignorance, Ridley discovered, isn’t bliss.”

    Have a great weekend!

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