Friday, September 18, 2020

First Line Fridays: Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee.

"Pandemonium has broken out in the streets of New York City."

Have you read Under the Tulip Tree? Book blurb below and you can read an excerpt on Tyndale's website.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!

About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland’s dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena’s banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.

As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured—especially because Rena’s ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I shared the first line of Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick.
    "Her dreams of late had been of books with maps of unknown places."

    Have an amazing weekend!

  2. I'm sharing the first line from Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand on my blog today: "Anna Helmuth eased herself into the wooden rocker where she once cuddled each of her thirteen babies and took up her needles."

  3. Happy Friday!
    My first line comes from Jocelyn by Sarah Monzon: "I was eight years old when I saw the movie Gone With the Wind for the first time."
    Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂❤📚

    1. Thanks for sharing, Nicole! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from "In an English Vintage Garden" by Marion Ueckermann:

    "Just how stupid do people think I am?"

  5. My first line is from ALMOST A BRIDE by Jody Hedlund
    Cariboo, British Columbia. August 1863

    “Hello, Beautiful. Will you marry me?”