Do you start celebrating the holidays early or wait until it’s upon you? Are you a fan of fall? Pumpkin spice?
This week’s First Line Friday special edition topic is holiday grab bag. Share a book, cove & first line from any book that features a holiday. So I’m sharing the next holiday read on my TBR list. I’m looking forward to this one for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a Christmas book (and who doesn’t like a warm fuzzy romance at Christmas). Another reason is that this author is known for her romantic suspense stories so this is a genre shift for her. And judging from the first paragraph, we are in for a treat with this one!
Anyone else has Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock on their lists this year?
About the Book
The first Christmas story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.
“The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck
This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time
As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.
The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.
“Terri Blackstock’s latest offering touches tender places with its quirky characters and stirring plot. Catching Christmas explores what happens when the paths of a disenchanted Taxi driver collide with that of an overworked attorney. Blackstock weaves a compelling, romantic tale that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams
“Blackstock’s Catching Christmas is not your average romance. Darling and laugh-out-loud cute, it makes the reader think about the important things in life. I read it in one gulp and wished there was more. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and the Lavender Tides series
What holiday read is on your TBR? Or what is one of your favorite holiday-themed books? Share the first line in the comments and then hop on over to our host site at Hoarding Books and check out the other first lines.
Becky Smith says
Happy Friday! My first line is from “Rebecca’s Legacy” by Betty Thomason Owens:
“Are you crazy? My father’s going to kill me.”
Susan Dyer says
My first lines come from Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross…..
Life, as Aiden Mannion knew firsthand, could be dangerous. Anything could happen. You could be hit by a taxi while sightseeing in Times Square. Run headfirst into a tree while shushing down a diamond run pretending you were Bode Miller.
Have a great weekend and Happy Fall!
On my blog, I’m featuring Karen Witemeyer’s novella, “The Love Knot.” Since I’m still reading it, I will share the first lines in Chapter 7. “Claire pushed away from the paddock fence when she saw Pieter exit the station house. Her heart ached with yearning at the sight of him. She still loved him. Desperately. But she wouldn’t pledge her life to a man until she was certain of him.” I wish you a relaxing fall weekend. Cooler weather has finally arrived in Michigan.
Caryl Kane says
Happy Friday! My first line is from The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden.
Baltimore, Maryland, 1867
“Come on, boy. Your dad needs you.”
Beckie B. says
Looking forward to reading this book.
Paula Shreckhise says
My first line is from A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris:
A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out iof the novel she was reading.
Great suspenseful book!
Suzie Waltner says
I just finished this one on audiobook this week! Love Lisa Harris!
I’m featuring lines from A.K. MacBride’s upcoming release Shattered on my blog.
Here, I’m sharing lines from Rachael Brownell’s Chasing Fate. It’s my quirky blind date with a book this month.
”What do you mean, you quit your job?”
I’m sharing from a Christmas novella on my blog. Here I’ll share from Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Sarah Price:
“Sunflowers always made Belle happy. Very happy.”
I’ve been on a romantic suspense reading kick recently, so my first line is from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin. It’s an unusual first line, but the novel definitely ticks all the romantic suspense boxes!
BECCA WEIDEL says
The book I shared this week is Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble but I’m currently reading an ARC of The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall so I’ll share the first line here: “What would it feel like to drown…to float listlessly down… down… beneath the chilled waters of the Atlantic?” I can honestly say I don’t want to find out! Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! 🙂