First Line Fridays – Fish and Chips

Posted October 27, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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First Line Fridays – Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

by Erynn Mangum

Publication Date July 26th 2011
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 65


Raina Miskin is sarcastic, witty and apparently, a fish-killer. When her goldfish dies after only living a couple of days, she returns it to the pet store only to meet the equally witty and sarcastic Chip, the son of the store owner. Sparks fly and fish accidentally die in this novella about life, God's love and the pursuit of the perfect mate.

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“In all honesty, it wasn’t me who killed the fish.”

If Fish and Chips was a paperback book, my copy would be dog-eared and falling apart from all the times I’ve read it.  Author Erynn Mangum has a dry, sarcastic, humorous way of writing that causes me to giggle my way through this book.  Every single time.  While I have read and enjoyed every book she has written, this remains my favorite.

This story could be subtitled “The case of the dying goldfish”.  Raina can’t seem to keep her goldfish alive which leads to her meeting the manager of the pet store, Chip.  Her openness and honesty and dry wit attract him.

There isn’t a huge amount of drama in this story, it is a sweet, funny romantic tale that is just perfect and leaves me feeling satisfied.  Every single time.

Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below. Then head on over to Hoarding Books to see all of the FLF pages this week (just click on the FLF button below).

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11 responses to “First Line Fridays – Fish and Chips

  1. Caryl Kane

    “Sir? I think you need to hear this”. – Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

  2. This was a cute novella and I love all of Erynn Mangum’s stories!

    I shared a line from Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson on my blog today but the first line of what I’m reading is…

    Is Daddy down there? (from Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock).

  3. Oh, but who did kill the fish? Looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m featuring Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh on my blog, but I’m currently reading a non-fiction book called She’s Got The Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju so I’ll use that today.

    Part 1:
    From Problems to Faith
    When it comes to dating and marriage, what problems do you face as a single woman?

    Happy Friday!!

  4. Castle Gate, Utah, 1910
    Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could.
    – My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken

  5. Happy Friday! I’m featuring The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen on my blog. But I will share the first line of Jody Hedlund’s Love Unexpected here. “The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

  6. Happy Friday!

    Today, I am featuring My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken, but I am currently in the middle of reading Hamlet with my AP Lit seniors. We are in Act 3, so I will share the first line from Act 3, Scene 1:

    Claudius: And can you by no drift of conference get from him why he puts on this confusion, grating so harshly all his days of quiet with turbulent and dangerous lunacy?

  7. haha! what a fun first line! I need to add this one to my TBR list for sure!

    My current first line is from A MOTHER IN THE MAKING by Gabrielle Meyer: “John Orton stared at Anna’s portrait, his grief nothing compared to his pulsing guilt.”

  8. Becky Smith

    My first line is from The Color of Redemption by Lynn Cornell:

    “An eerie foreboding had jolted me from my sleep this morning, vexing my spirit – the kind of vexing that made me want to cower under my covers and stay in bed.”