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!
My dearest Jameson,
This is not our end. My heart will always remain with you no matter where we are. Time and distance are only inconveniences to a love like ours. Whether it’s days, moths, or even years, I will be waiting. We will be waiting.
Do you recognize the lines?
Hint: It’s a new book by Rebecca Yarros.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint: It’s historical fiction!
The First Lines Friday book is:
The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros
Title: The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Page Length: 400
Publication Date: Feb. 23, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Synopsis: Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming.
Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton needs to start over. Having survived a brutal and very public divorce, she’s back in her tiny hometown of Poplar Grove, Colorado, hoping to find her footing. She may have been raised by one of the greatest romance writers of the twentieth century, Scarlett Stanton, but she knows love in the real world is nothing like her late great-grandmother’s novels.
Noah Harrison has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: complete the last unpublished manuscript written by his favorite author. The only caveat? Her fiery, beautiful great-granddaughter has to agree with him…and she doesn’t. Not that he’s qualified as a huge bestseller in his own right, and especially not that a happily-ever-after is the right way to end Scarlett’s story. With his publisher’s deadline breathing down his neck, Noah sets off for Colorado to try to convince her.
The deeper Georgia and Noah delve into Scarlett’s passionate, World War II romance with American fighter pilot Jameson Stanton—and the letters they left behind—the harder they’ll have to fight their own undeniable attraction. But there’s a reason Scarlett could never bring herself to finish the manuscript, and discovering the truth will bring them into a love story spanning two lifetimes: a journey of danger and sacrifice, loyalty and secrets, tragedy and, ultimately, the healing power of love.
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This is a beautiful, heart-warming, and heart-breaking story, and I absolutely loved it. Have you read it? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!