Happy new year, readers! To be honest, it might take me a while to write “2021” when I’m writing down dates. I’m trying to make sure I don’t revert back to “2020” for the next few weeks. Speaking of firsts, since this is the first month of the year, I thought it might be fun to talk about the first lines in books, usually found in Chapter 1, but sometimes in the Prologue.
Question: Comment about your favorite first lines from your favorite Christian Romance!
How many times has a book grabbed you by the first line? I recall literature fans extolling the first lines in some classics such as these:
“Call me Ishmael.” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville
“Marley was dead: to begin with.” – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens“The ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical.” – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice by Jan Austen
“Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed.” – Persuasion by Jane Austen
“Haley Meadows had never been one to sit on the sidelines.” – Mistaking the Cowboy by Mandi Blake
“Jade Clarke took a deep breath of the sharp, winter air and shoved her hands deeper into the pockets of her coat.” – Hope for Family by Elizabeth Maddrey
“The usual?” – Cadence of Cranberries by Valerie Comer
“Weddings—the best of times, the worst of times, depending on one’s vantage point.” – For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson