First Lines Fridays – April 2, 2021

Welcome back to my blog! It’s that time of the week again where I bring you another First Lines Fridays post! I missed the last few but hopefully I can schedule some of these ahead of time.

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!

Today’s First Lines

I can tell what’s going on by the way the customer looks at me. The concentrated stare as I pour her coffee, the anticipatory smile as I put the lid on. This isn’t someone who’s only here for the caffeine hit. No, this is something different.

“Have a great–” I start as I hand her the drink, but she cuts me off.

“It’s you, right?” she asks, breathless, eyes wide. “From the movie?”

Can you guess what book it is? It’s a book I got as a surprise gift from Esther this year (thank you so much, Esther!). Scroll down for the reveal!

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.


If you’re interested in Not Like the Movies, you can purchase it on Amazon (affiliate link)! Note that it is standalone book #2 in the Waiting for Tom Hanks series, so you might want to read that one first.


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