First Lines Fridays

Happy Friday everyone hope that your week was event full.

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?

  • 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!

They are known as “coffin ships”: overcrowded, disease-riddled, barley seaworthy sailing vessels that transport millions of impoverished Irish fleeting the mid-nineteenth-century Great Hunger, or famine, hoping to begin new lives in the US and Canada.  Assuming they make it that far-some 30 percent of transatlantic passengers commonly die at sea during the treacherous three-thousand miles crossing, which can take as long as four months. 

Given the conditions, many travelers mark their departure from Ireland with an “American wale” evoking the finality of the voyage they are about to undertake.  One Such traveler is Patrick Joseph Kennedy, a twenty-seven-year-old cask and barrel maker from Dunganstown, County Wexford, and future great-grandfather of President John F. Kennedy.

Thanks for reading this week’s First Line Friday my blog! Have you read this book or have plans to? Have you also done a First Line Friday on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

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