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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

What about this classic opening line?

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

And then there’s the famous first line from Jane Austen’s novel.

“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

That doesn’t hold a candle to the number of semi-colons in Austen’s Persuasion. This novel is a favorite of mine, except perhaps for the first line, which might not be as persuasive if you’re not a Janeite in the first place.

“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

Whew. That was a long first line that won’t work today, will it? Do you think readers in 2021 like to read such long first lines?

By the way, if you’re wondering why I chose the examples above, it’s pretty simple: they are in the public domain and I can quote the books freely.

Well, what about contemporary Christian romance, which is my blog focus today? Here are the first lines from new books written by some of our InspyRomance authors.

“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

“Rare moments in life, we stand at the very top of the mountain.” – Daisy’s Decision by Hallee Bridgeman
“All she could find was toilet paper, but it would have to do.” – Becoming Us by Jaycee Weaver and Jenn Faulk
“Letting go of Veronique was the hardest thing Gus had ever done in his life, but let go he must.” – Pray for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 5) by Jan Thompson
“The low rumbling outside grew louder with each passing second.” – Ride with Me by Marion Ueckermann

Now it’s your turn. What are some of the most memorable first lines you have read in contemporary Christian romance?

BONUS FOR YOU: Looking for something warm to read this cold winter? How about a beach romance? For a limited time only, I took my prequel novel, ASK YOU LATER, out of Kindle Unlimited so that I can give it to my readers for FREE. I don’t know how long I’ll be doing this, but grab it before it goes away.

Happy reading!

Jan Thompson (34 Posts)

USA Today bestselling novelist Jan Thompson writes clean and wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romance with elements of women’s fiction, Christian romantic suspense with an air of mystery, and inspirational international thrillers with threads of sweet Christian romance. Join Jan’s mailing list for her latest book news: JanThompson.com/newsletter

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