First Lines Fridays is a weekly meme for book lovers hosted by Emma @ 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!
The only memory I have of Mama, she was on fire.
I’d been watching my baby brother, Merritt, digging in the dirt, when I heard a subtle pop, then a loud explosion, and the big pot Daddy and Mama were always tending suddenly burst into flames, and so did Mama. The sight made me grip hold of Merritt’s hand hard enough to make him squeal.
Daddy would sometimes have to burn tent caterpillars. He’d hold a flaming end to the white cottony fuzz woven around the branches of the apple trees, and as the nests blazed, the black wormy bodies fell and hit the ground like the soft patter of raindrops. Fire always saved the fruit, but it’s what took Mama from us.
Whoa… I don’t know about you, but if this book wasn’t already on my TBR, reading those first few lines would have me rushing to put it there!
Today’s First Line Fridays is brought to you by…
Author: Donna Everhart
Title: The Moonshiner’s Daughter
Genre: Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction
Publication Date: December 31, 2019 by Kensington