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
“Grandpa’s driven through Dunkin’ Donuts!”
“So what?” I asked, crinkling my forehead as I walked to
the refrigerator. My mother’s hysterical tone wasn’t quite
matching up with the mundane words she spoke into the
phone. Leave it to my mother to be overly dramatic about Grandpa going
out for a coffee. If anyone had cause to be hysterical and dramatic, it was
me. Cheating scumbag fiancé. Wedding canceled. Writing career hanging
by a thread thanks to mega case of writer’s block, thanks to cheating
scumbag fiancé. It had been quite the chain reaction. But had she asked me
about any of these tragedies recently? Nope. Here she was freaking out
because Grandpa had utilized a drive-through window. I opened the fridge
and pulled out a bottle of water. “Drive-throughs are a modern-day
convenience, Mom. You might want to try one sometime.”
Welcome to Autumnboro, New Hampshire, where the romance is sweet, the lattes are spicy, and more than leaves are about to fall…
After calling off her fall wedding, horror novelist Amy Fox is left with a broken heart, a mega case of writer’s block, and a serious aversion to all things pumpkin spice. When she receives news that her grandfather has broken his wrist driving through a Dunkin Donuts—literally straight through the front windows—five hundred miles away, in her hometown of Autumnboro, New Hampshire, Amy has no choice but to return to check on him. If she doesn’t make sure that he’s back on his feet, Grandpa may be moved into assisted living, and Amy’s beloved childhood home will be put on the market.
Knowing she must return, Amy worries about the only thing worse than pumpkin spice—a reunion with Kit Parker—her childhood best friend, first love, and entire reason for skipping town in the first place. As the two reconnect, a second chance seems possible…if only Kit weren’t holding on to a secret that just might unravel everything.
Set against the scenic backdrop of the White Mountains, New Hampshire, Pumpkin Everything is a small town, sweet romance, and the perfect way to kick off the fall season! A pumpkin spice latte wouldn’t hurt, either
I think it’s the perfect read for this time of year!