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First Lines Fridays — August 7, 2020

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, you are welcome to use or edit my banner, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays

Here we go…

“I push through the doors of the foyer and am hit by the scene unfolding before me. I’m unable to breathe, the air having left my lungs. I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut. There’s a bar fight at my wedding.”

These are the first lines from the following book off my TBR…

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forbidden by faith by negeen papehn

Forbidden by Faith

by Negeen Papehn

Genres: Romance, Multicultural Romance, Interracial Romance, Family, Drama, Love Story

Amazon | Goodreads


One woman is torn between faith, family, and passion in this “heartfelt immigrant love story” from the author of Forbidden by Destiny and Forbidden by Time (Publishers Weekly).

Raised by her immigrant parents, Sara has been taught that a good daughter makes decisions based on her family’s approval, and she’s spent most of her life in their good graces. Until she meets Maziar.

An instant electricity ignites between them, and their meeting seems like fate. Just as her mind begins to soar with the possibilities, he shatters her hopes. Sara is Muslim. Maziar is Jewish. Will faith tear them apart?

Despite centuries of unrest behind them, Sara and Maziar embark on a forbidden love affair, attempting to navigate through cultural and religious prejudices. Deep within the trenches of their battle, Sara finds herself more empowered and careless than ever before, but will her love and newfound life be worth the ultimate cost—her family?

Praise for the Forbidden Love series

“Forbidden by Faith shows how family, love, and faith can collide, even in this modern age.”—A. K. Leigh, author of See Her Run

“A strong message about family and protecting those you love.”—InD’tale

“Ms. Papehn is a wonderful storyteller! I was immediately caught up in the lives of her characters. In Forbidden by Destiny, the heroine, Leyla, might be of Iranian descent but her story belongs to all women.”—Carrie Nichols, author of the Small-town Sweethearts series

I’ve been dying to read this book and I feel terrible that it’s been on my TBR for ages! Though I’m saving most of my romance novels for February, because that’s my tradition, my goal is to have this one read by the end of the year!

Have you read it? If so let me know what you thought! Let me know if you add this one to your TBR and if it sounds as interesting to you as it does to me!

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One thought on “First Lines Fridays — August 7, 2020

  1. Rae Longest says:

    Too romantic for me. LOL