March 16, 2018

First Line Fridays :: Anne of Green Gables

Hello, my lovelies! It's been a few weeks since I joined in the fun on Fridays over at Hoarding Books, but as I'm currently in the middle of a read-along of Anne of Green Gables, I knew this would be a good week to participate again! Because that first line by Ms. Montgomery? Is just awesome! :D (Just you wait, you'll see!)

Without further ado....Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery!


Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on every thing that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

Wow! Is that not the longest and best "run-on sentence" that you've seen?? :D It perfectly sets the tone for this story! You cannot read that and think that this book is going to be boring and dull. It's simply not possible! I've read this story before, but it's been years ago and so had forgotten how purely delightful it is. But I read that first sentence and I just knew. There's a reason why I love Anne so much. Why I remember loving this series of books so much. Ms. Montgomery created a cast of characters that are simply awesome and her vivid descriptions of everything make me think that she must clearly have had an incredible imagination herself!

If you've never read this book, then I highly recommend that you do! It's so worth it to meet Anne. Trust me, it really, really is. :)

What are you reading this weekend? What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below…
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  1. That is an awesomely descriptive first line. :D

  2. Love that you chose this classic this week! Makes me want to pick it up again (or maybe put on the movie).

    This is the first line from my current read:

    Brandi's head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. (Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I love Anne of Green Gables! Great choice! Happy Friday!

  4. Great book! Happy Friday! My first line is from At Home with Daffodils by Paula Moldenhauer:

    "Not again!"

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today at my blog, I am sharing the first lines from Jennifer Delamere's latest novel, The Heart's Appeal. It's such a great book!

    Here I will share the first lines from my next-up book, Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald. This is my first read of this author's works, but I am very excited!!!

    Brandi's head throbbed. The hateful words still sizzled in her ears as the front door brushed open. Ethan stepped over the threshold."

  6. I haven't read Anne in so long!

    Though I’m sharing a book with an Irish hero, The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman, on my blog today, here’s the first line of an audiobook I’ve borrowed from the library on a friend’s recommendation, The Bookshop on the Corner (or, in the UK, The Little Shop of Happily Ever After) by Jenny Colgan:

    “The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things.”

    Happy Friday!

  7. Love, love, love!!!

    Ty Remington blamed the homemade orange marmalade cake for why he found himself huddled under an overhang off some faraway path in Glacier National Park, shivering, praying he might live through the night.
    Storm Front by Susan May Warren

  8. Confession time: I've never read 'Anne'! I have a couple of the books, and I've seen the classic miniseries plenty of times, but this is one classic still on my TBR.

    I agree, that is an amazing "paragraph" of a sentence!!!!

    Here are the first lines from chapter 1 of my current, wonderfully heart-wrenching read: You are more than this. Andrew Harris glared at his smartphone while his mother’s text burned into his mind. – from Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald

  9. That's an amazing (and amazingly long) first line!

    I'm sharing the first line from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal on my blog today, but I'll share here from the book I'm currently reading: A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears:

    "I wish you luck, George."
    "It's Aaron now. Don't forget."

    Have a great weekend!


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