#FirstLineFridays: These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart


Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

Here is the first line: 
Francine Howard stepped off the bus into another world. 

I’ve only read one or two of Ms. Gabhart’s books, so I’m excited to read this one and see what it’s like.  Here’s more about the book:

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart
Published: September 5th,2017
256 pages

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII’s end writes to tell her he’s in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths intersect, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

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 My fellow bloggers are also joining the fun this week for First Line Fridays. Why don’t you stop by and see their posts too? 

7 July, 2017
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  • Reply Sarah @ PussReboots

    “OK. I CAN do this. No problem.” (First line of Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella (2004).

    Another first line from something I’m reading is: “Nanu?” from Kleine Katze Chi (the German translation of the Chi’s Sweet Home manga).

    7 July, 2017 at 1:40 am
  • Reply Trisha Robertson

    On my blog this week I’m excited to be teaming up with Carrie Turansky and sharing the first line & cover reveal for her new book “Across the Blue” scheduled to be released early 2018! I wanted to share another great line on the comments, so I’ve borrowed the book that my 9 year old son is currently reading.

    “Charlie Scott leaned against the corner of the garage, every inch of him spelling boredom.” — Some Summer by: Jean Vandevenne
    1987 Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, SC

    7 July, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Caryl Kane


    MAY 1, 1774

    Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now. – Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

    7 July, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Amanda Tero

    So much about this book entices me! WWII … a new life … and that first line!

    7 July, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Paula S.

    Jody Hedlund,An Uncertain Choice:My slippered feet slapped the dirt road and my heart hammered against my chest like a battering ram. Medieval romance of young people , first of a trilogy!

    I love Ann Gabhart. Awaiting my copy!

    7 July, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Beth Erin

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but I love that cover!

    Dutch Whitney hit the bog hard, tumbling forward to smack facedown into the muck. – Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson

    7 July, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply CJ Myerly

    Happy Friday!

    Here’s mine.
    “Ross Springer knew he was going into the drink the second Abby Cushman stepped up to the mark, fixed those intelligent blue eyes on the bull’s-eye, and let the beanbag zip.” Hook, Line, and Sinker by Susan May Warren

    8 July, 2017 at 12:39 am
  • Reply Sassy


    Thought I’d pop by again and check out your Friday post, as I do a similar one. I do love this book cover. It is in itself, intriguing.

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    Luv Sassy x

    8 July, 2017 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Heather

    That is such a perfect, interesting first line. Happy Monday!

    10 July, 2017 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Not being a nature person myself, I can understand it the MC is having some trepidation about visiting/living in a cabin. Yikes! Happy Friday!

    14 July, 2017 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Bree

    Great first Line!

    14 July, 2017 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Beth Erin

    I love this cover!

    16 July, 2017 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply dinh

    Love the first line 🙂

    January 25, 1980, midnight
    The first execution I attended wasn’t by lethal injection but by Old Sparky. ~A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterman

    Happy Reading!
    Dinh @ Arlene’s Book Club

    21 July, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Rachel D

    My Kindle is closest to me right now and the first book on it is Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette, “My Sandals have not crossed this threshold since I was ten.”

    29 July, 2017 at 12:47 pm
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