Friday, August 11, 2017

First Line Fridays #4 - Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar




Reading progress has been slow this week: so slow in fact that I am still reading two of the books featured in previous posts. Life happens.
So, this week I am sharing the first line of an Audiobook that I am currently working through. I forget to download the Ebook version of this title from NetGalley but thankfully had a backup with the Audible version.

Biblical Fiction is not normally my thing, but I have recently started to get over my aversion to it. This is in fact only the second book I have listened to in the genre, a fictionalized account of the life of Lydia of Thyatira, a woman mentioned briefly in the Book of Acts, as one of the first Europeans converted by the Apostle Paul in the Macedonian city of Philippi. 


The first line from the Preface Reads:

"I have never served as a soldier, yet I have a strange sense that most of my life I have stared down the blade of a sword, the face of my adversary haunting me" 

20 comments:

  1. I'm not a big Biblical fiction fan either. I enjoy it when I read it, but it's not my first choice - perhaps because a lot of it is a based on the Old Testament, and a lot of that is pretty brutal.

    I'm currently reading Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli:

    Death's threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat.

    It's a dual timeline story set in 1770's and modern Boston. It's very good, if you can forgive the somewhat American slant to the historic story :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting again. Brutality is not a major issue, my current read is set in Seventh Century Britain, which was also a pretty brutal place. Its just that Ancient Rome doesn't interest me very much, and I do worry about unduly influnencing perceptions of Scripture.

      Your book looks interesting, but I tend to aviod anything set during the American Revolution, for the precise reasion you mention. Have a great week.

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  2. I did try to comment on this, but I think it got eaten by the cyberspace gremlin. Hopefully this one will work (and not be a duplicate!)

    I actually love Biblical fiction, and I enjoyed this one by Tessa. I'll be interested to know what you thought.

    I have the first line from Thomas Locke's "Fault Lines" on my blog today, but I'm going to share the first line from Candace Calvert's "Disaster Status" from her Mercy Hospital Collection. The Kindle collection with all three books in the series is on sale this month for just $2.99, so I couldn't resist!

    "Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms."

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    1. You got through! I don't always notice every email Google sends through telling me about comments now, so some don't get through, but I checked my backlist today.

      I'm nearly done with the audiobook and think its quite good. I was going to use The Children of Hurin by J.R.R Tolkien as today's post, but I wasn't sure it quite fitted the genre. It would have been differnt though!!

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  3. I've not yet read this book, but I keep hearing good things about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I have got the audiobook of it, Christianaudio had it in their $5 sale a while back.

      Happy Friday to you as well.

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  4. I love Biblical fiction! Tessa is a new-to-me author. Hope to read her books soon.

    Here is my first line:

    Rebekah

    In the fourth grade we made little rockets out of old film canisters, baking soda, and vinegar.
    The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

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    1. The whole genre is new to me. Its only the second book I've featured which really counts as Biblical Fiction (Eygpt's Sister by Angela Hunt falls into the Inter- testamental period).

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  5. Ooohh! Sounds good!
    Happy Friday!!
    My first line is from The Spinster & the Cowboy by Lena Nelson Dooley:
    "When the sharp rap on his closed office door roused him, Joshua Dillinger raised his gaze from the legal document he had been studying with intense concentration."

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    1. I don't usually read Western Fiction, but thanks for coming by and commenting. Happy Friday.

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  6. Happy Friday!

    Here's mine from Misty Beller's The Lady and the Mountain Man "Are you going to poison her the way you killed your last wife?"

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    1. I've heard of her, in fact I might even have her as a FB Friend, but I don't usually read Western Fiction. Still sounds good.

      Happy Friday.

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  7. I enjoy Biblical Fiction because Ancient Rome fascinates me. While not all Biblical Fiction is Biblically accurate, they can be fun and give you a different perspective. I often find myself pulling out my Bible as I read which I think is awesome. I have the first book in the series. Hopefully, I'll get to read it soon. This looks great as well!

    I'm sharing about Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren over on my blog today, but I'm currently reading the sequel, Four Winds, so I'll share that here. :)

    "Javier laughed and shook his head as we reached the top of the sand dune, Centinela loping in a wide circle around us. "I do not know if I can court a girl from the future and have a pet wolf," he said in Spanish. "That is a lot to ask of one man."

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    1. Its probaly best that I am not so familar or interested in Ancient Rome, so I don't hold it to such high standards of Accuracy as anything set in the Medieval period or Britain.

      I have the first book on audio as well, so will try to get around to it soon.

      Your book looks good too, happy Friday.

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  8. I need to read one of her books!

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  9. I love this author. I'm working my way through her books and haven't gotten to this one yet. She's an amazing author. Thanks for the welcome.

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    1. I've been reading them out of order: I have the audio of the prequel, but listened to this one first. I liked it, but I still can't say Biblical Fiction is my favourite. Nothing against this author or any other, its just personal taste.
      I don't really go in for other Genres either, such as Amish.

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