Afternoon, readers, and welcome to the August edition of “What’s Happening Wednesday”! This time around, we thought it might be fun to share a few of our favorite lines from some great novels coming up this September. And please share a few favorite lines from a novel you’re reading in the comments below. We love to hear about new books!
The Prayer Box
Lightly interspersed throughout Lisa Wingate’s latest, The Prayer Box, is her charming Southern humor, along with beautiful, evocative prose and poignant scenes that will stay with the reader long after the final page. You’ll uncover the extraordinary, unsung life of an amazing woman whose journeys of faith and observations on love lead to one final lesson that could change everything.
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. It’s through the cracks, the light comes in. . . .”
My life was like that box. . . . The journey itself was the architect of the wood. The interior would never be fully dark because the struggle had cracked it, providing an avenue for the light.”
“You can dress a toad in lace, but the minute you let it go, it’ll still poop on your porch.”
Every Waking Moment
Chris Fabry’s latest novel is about an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift. The opening lines of Every Waking Moment give us Treha’s first memory—one she made up because she doesn’t know who her mother is or why she abandoned her.
“Treha imagined it like this: A summer afternoon. Her mother’s satin dress billowing. Fully leaved, green trees swaying. Crossing a busy street. . . . Looking into the sunlight, she saw the silhouette of her mother’s face with beads of sweat on her lip and the wide-brimmed hat casting shade. Her mother not quite smiling but showing dazzling teeth. Deep-red lipstick. Like a movie star with a hint of concern on her face.”
“Isn’t that what you believe? When God closes a door, he opens a window?”
“Listen, honey, God has closed doors and windows on my fingers.”
Heart of the Country
Faith and Luke Carraday have it all . . . that is, until Luke’s involvement in a Ponzi scheme puts him behind bars and sends Faith running to a place she hasn’t been in years: home. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned? And will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere to run but home? In this dynamic novel, Rene Gutteridge explores the themes of John Ward’s engaging and heartwarming screenplay. Movie available now on demand and at certain Walmart locations.
“To the lightest of applause, Luke formally announced our engagement to his family a week after he’d proposed to me. I had to look hard for one approving smile.”
“Not until I was driving to North Carolina, in the quietness of the car, did my soul do more than just glance upward. It stared, hard, into the still, silent vastness where we all hope God dwells.”
Born of Persuasion
Debut novelist Jessica Dotta plunges the reader into an uncertain Gothic/Victorian world with her naive but sympathetic heroine, Julia. Dotta challenges us to figure out whom Julia can trust . . . and whom she can’t!
“I stared, not certain what to say. Talking to [Mr. Macy] was like trying to walk on the ocean. Every step, every word shifted. The fact that Mr. Forrester had published the scandal shattered the framework again. Every time I thought I understood something, it changed.”
As a registered nurse for twenty-five years, author Jan Watson flawlessly incorporates her nursing experience into each of her novels. In Tattler’s Branch, Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. But with her husband working miles away and a baby coming soon, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself.
“Lilly knew well the snare of being a caregiver; that’s why she was a doctor practicing in a coal camp when she could be working in a research lab as she’d intended to do with her medical degree. The study of disease, its causes and cures, was her first love, but duty had called, and she came to Skip Rock and then couldn’t leave.”
The house was built on the outskirts of town, putting her at some remove from the clinic. Tern didn’t want people thinking they could just drop in anytime. Her husband was a wise man.
Former police officer Janice Cantore lets us ride shotgun with Brinna Caruso in Critical Pursuit. This stubborn officer has built her reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it’s personal because she was once one of those missing kids.
“Clear skies, pleasantly warm temps. Brinna glanced at the ocean. Now would be a great time for a long, long kayak paddle, way out in the middle of the ocean . . . away from phones, newspapers, money-hungry lawyers, and vicious child killers, she thought wistfully.”
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