First Line Fridays: “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts

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Well, hello there Friday! For a while I thought you wouldn’t ever come. It’s been a tiring week at work and what’s left of my already frayed nerves are getting even more hits. I expect this to continue until the first week of July, or maybe until this work-related thing gets cleared up.

Anyway, to get me out of the real world a bit, I’ll just go read book after book. I’m breaking out of my usual plate of sci-fi and fantasy and reading something by the great Nora Roberts.


On Friday, July 22, 2005, Simone Knox ordered a large Fanta – orange – to go with her popcorn and Swedish Fish. The choice, her standard night-at-the-movies fare, changed her life, and very likely saved it, Still, she’d never drink Fanta again.





I’m only 25% into this book, but the first part – the mall shooting part – chilled me to the bone. I had to stop to breathe and direct my attention somewhere else because imagining that kind of thing happening in real life – and sadly, it had numerous times – scares the life out of me. I don’t know and I’ll never understand how some people could just think to do such: kill, take lives and end stories.

I’m hoping to finish this book this coming weekend as I have 2 days off work (yay!) Then, on Sunday, I’m going to Randy Ribay’s book launch for Patron Saints of Nothing. Plans, plans – I will keep up to them.

Well, that’s it for me today. I wish you all a happy weekend full of reading and fun.



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11 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts

  1. Iola says:

    I don’t think I could read about a mass shooting, although it definitely sounds like a great read.

    Today I’m sharing from Entanglements by Rachel McMillan on my blog, one of the novellas in Finding Ever After. Here’s the first line from the next story in the collection, Twice Upon a Time by Ashley Clark:

    “Under no circumstances would she fall for him again.”


  2. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse but I’m just getting into Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham so I’ll share the first line from that book here: “After letting an involuntary squeal escape, Penny pulled the yellow papers closer and pressed her lips to them.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of reading time!


  3. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    I’m currently reading The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse. I’m just beginning chapter 3, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Buttercup and Julius plodded along ever so slowly as if the past days’ circumstances were thick mud around their hooves, weighing them down.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 😀❤📚


  4. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse:

    No matter how much he thought he deserved to be one, Olivia Brighton’s husband of six weeks was not a king.


  5. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Until Then (Women of the Heartland Book 5)” by Gail Kittleson:

    “Sent Jerry packin’, didn’t we?”


  6. Narelle Atkins says:

    Hi Rachel, I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in ages. This one sounds like a good one (and would also remind me about why I’m happy I live in Australia where mass shootings rarely happen).

    Today I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Caverns of the Deep by Jeanette O’Hagan:

    Zara walked towards the tall ebony gate, the first of seven leading outside.


  7. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner today. Here is the first line of the prologue:

    “Summer 1955
    We sat at the end of the dock, my father and me.”


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