First Lines Fridays #3

December is here already! Hope you are well. It’s ridiculous as to how fast time seems to be moving at least for me. Squeezing in regular updates has been somewhat difficult as of late. Perhaps, I’ll summarize my year for my New Year’s Eve post! So much has happened!

I’ve been in the process of moving, and it’s been a crazy adventure so far. After seven years of living in my current space, new management has created an interesting predicament which led us to move. The new location was not ready at the time they said they would be because the previous tenant didn’t report black mold. So, they are currently tearing down walls and treat the rooms. A friend has helped me move all my belongings to storage.

I didn’t plan on staying in the old place forever, but I’ve gotten teary-eyed numerous times as I’m going through all my sentimental possessions and preparing for another chapter in my life. In the meantime, I’ve been staying at an AirBnb. Our host has been quite gracious and has gone above and beyond to help us feel comfortable. He has recently escaped some crazy, wild things going on in his personal life. Listening to his story has really put my own situation in perspective.

In the meantime, I got hooked onto another book hosted by the alumni book club at school. I truly thought I didn’t have it in me to read, but the moment I got into the story, I had a hard time putting my Kindle down. The author is such a skilled storyteller which brings me to…

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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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, 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!


“My mother called it “God’s will.” At those moments in my life when things did not go as I had hoped or planned, and there were many, she would say, “It’s God’s will, Samuel.” This was hardly comforting to a six-year-old boy, even one “blessed” with a healthier dose of perspective than most children at that age.

For one, I never understood how my mother knew God’s will. When I would ask her that very question, she would answer with another of her stock refrains – “Have faith, Samuel.” I realize now that this was circular reasoning impregnable with that other impenetrable parental reply, “Because I said so.”


The main protagonist has red eyes, a condition called ocular albinism, which has caused him to be targeted by various bullies throughout his life.
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The author has also wrote The Charles Jenkins espionage series and the David Sloane legal thriller series.
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The book has been awarded for Suspense Magazine’s Crimson Scribe Award.
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The title of the book is…


Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist, “a novel that, if it doesn’t cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border.”

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. cheriewhite says:

    I definitely want to read this one! I’ll put this on my to order list! Thank you so much for the heads up about this book! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Oh Cherie, of course! I just finished it! The author took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Such a satisfying read! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. cheriewhite says:

        Wow! I’m excited because I just ordered it today. It should take about a week or so to arrive. Thank you so much for the review. I’m gonna dive into it when it gets here!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. MrsWayfarer says:

    I’m interested to read this book! Thanks for the tip!


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