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
Charlie needs a mother and you need a wife. It’s high time you realized
Cole Drayton slammed the milk carton back on the shelf and shut the
refrigerator door none too gently. He let out an exasperated grunt in reply
while trying to temper the words that wanted to fly from his mouth. They
were words that would probably get his mother headed after him with a
bar of lye soap in her hand.
He took a couple sips of the coffee to let his thoughts simmer down.
He wished he had just kept going past the turnoff to the house and gone on
to the diner in town instead of coming into his kitchen a few minutes ago
for another cup of coffee. That was when he had found his mother already
seated at his breakfast nook… lying in wait for him. A deep breath drawn
inward gave him patience to maintain an even tone with her.
I picked this book to showcase because it’s light and sweet, which could be a great way to start the year.