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?
- 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
“THAT’S INSANE! He can’t do that.”
Krystal Fineman Wake clutched the handset of her bedside phone until
her knuckles whitened and slumped against her pillows. The outburst had
cost her. For a moment, she concentrated on breathing. Then she continued.
“That property came down from my great-grandfather.”
“Sorry, ma’am,” said Zach, “but as ranch foreman I figured it was my
duty to let you know the scuttlebutt, even if it was bad news.”
Krystal knew that in this day and age, Colorado was not that far from
New York, but her old phone made him sound like he was calling from a
different planet instead of a different state.
“Thank you, Zach. My husband seems determined to squander my legacy
and deprive my children of their rightful due.” She paused again for breath.
Zach broke the awkward silence. “I hope you feel better soon, ma’am.”
“Me, too. Meanwhile, get the house ready. I’m bringing the children out
right away. I’ve had enough of New York City. It breeds deception.”
“Yes, ma’am. Everyone here will be happy to know you’re coming. Er,
all of’em? Even Kevin?”
I picked this book because it’s quick, fun with a mix of life issues.