First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Here are the first lines of the book I am currently reading…
Lily Sheppard twisted her torso as she sat in her mother’s floral armchair, her back now facing the assemblage of darkly dressed people in the living room. The furniture had been rearranged to accommodate the guests … and absolutely nothing was as she knew it.
She fixed her stare on a large raindrop that slid down the side window, following it with her eyes until it had ceased to exist. The drop, she contended, had the mere lifespan of a few seconds. Now, it was indistinguishable from the pool of water it merged with on the base of the sill.
Her trance broken, Lily turned to look at the blonde woman in the black dress not too dissimilar from her own. “Sorry, Hannah. I was off in my own world.”
And the book is…
The Sum of Our Sorrows by Lisette Brodey
In an idyllic suburb in Northern California, tragedy strikes the Sheppard family when Abby, the mother of three daughters and wife to Dalton, is killed in a car accident. Charlotte, the middle daughter, is in the car with her mother and survives without physical injury but remains deeply scarred on the inside.
Dalton tells Lily, his eldest daughter, that she must sacrifice long-awaited college plans and put her life on hold to take care of her sisters. Lily is torn between her devotion to family and an increasing need to find her place in the world — but how can she leave, knowing her family may crumble? Will her presence eventually cause more problems than it resolves?
The Sum of our Sorrows reveals how the aftermath of a family tragedy can precipitate sorrows never imagined. It is a tale of grief, hope, healing, coming-of-age, friendship, and survival. It is also a love story of two broken souls living through pain in search of better days and the renewal of one’s spirit.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I write characters as I hear them speak to me. Some of these stories contain non-gratuitous expletives and sexual references. This book also contains some situations that may be triggering to some readers. If this is not to your liking, please don’t read this book. Thank you.
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