First Lines Friday – 6/5/20


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, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and 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!


First Lines…

Night in Northern Michigan was no joke.

Hope had never seen a dark so dark. It had heft and dimension, like she was driving right into an abyss. 

Any guesses???


I just started reading this one yesterday and those first lines struck me because they’re true. There’s nothing like driving in Up North Michigan at night. Of course, cherry season time of year it would have to be pretty late since the sun doesn’t set until about 9:30 p.m. in those parts.


Plus, I absolutely love the cover of this book. The colors, the subjects, the composition. It just pops out at me.


Of course, I’ll be posting a review as soon as I get a chance. So far, so good.


The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

In cherry season, anything is possible…

Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret and her ten-year-old daughter in tow, she’s not sure if she’ll be welcomed or turned away with a shotgun by the aunt she has never met.

Hope’s aunt, Peg, has lived in the Orchard House all her life, though the property has seen better days. She agrees to take Hope in if, in exchange, Hope helps with the cherry harvest—not exactly Hope’s specialty, but she’s out of options. As Hope works the orchard alongside her aunt, daughter and a kind man she finds increasingly difficult to ignore, a new life begins to blossom. But the mistakes of the past are never far behind, and soon the women will find themselves fighting harder than ever for their family roots and for each other.


About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 26 and living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin, is 22 and recently got out of the Army and moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the full-time work force a some years ago. At this time, I babysit Hazel a few hours a day and get in as much reading and baking as possible.
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