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First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books. Where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

Our First Line Friday is for an upcoming Traveling Friends Group Read that we are very much looking forward to reading, especially me!  I love to fantasize and do a little bit of daydreaming so I think I will be able to fully enjoy and embrace this book.  Also, the advance praise for The Dinner List really piqued my interest especially this sentence from the back of the book:  “Imagine that you could gather the people you’ve loved–dead or alive–at one table, for one night, with a chance to heal yourself once and for all.”

Who would you invite to your dinner party?


“We’ve been waiting for an hour.”  That’s what Audrey says.  She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words are bordering on cursive.  That’s the thing I think first.  Not Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

Goodreads Summary

We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day,and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, The Dinner List is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.


Have you read this one? Want to read it? Please add your first line to a book you have started or going to start. We would love to hear from you!!!

19 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers @RebeccaASerle @FlatironBooks #thedinnerlist

  1. Not heard of this book. My first line is “I expected to feel free, unburdened, but when the curtains close around Philip Rochester’s satin lined coffin all I feel is indigestion.” From the Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

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    1. Oh, I really need to get to The Exes’ Revenge. Are you enjoying it Marialyce?

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  2. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from the book It Started With Christmas by Jenny Hale…..

    “I want to spend Christmas at the cabin.” Nana’s voice came from the dark stairway, startling Holly McAdams and making her jump as she walked in the front door, the warmth of the little house a stark contrast to the icy cold outside.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊🎃💕

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    1. Happy Friday, Susan! I hope that you have an awesome weekend too and happy reading! 🙂

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  3. carhicks says:

    The premise sounds good, but I am not impressed with the first line. I hope you enjoy this one.

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    1. I wasn’t all that impressed with the first line either, Carla but I do agree that premise sounds so good and I’m excited to read it! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. carhicks says:

        I will watch for you review before I decide it I want to add this one or not.

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    2. Okay and I’ll try my best to portray my thoughts about this book as best as I can so you can see if it will be a good fit for you or not! 😉

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      1. carhicks says:

        Your reviews are always to well done, that inevitably I end up adding the books to my TBR.

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  4. L Lostinacoulee says:

    Obviously Norma took that pic right?? Love the cows!!! Sounds like an interesting read!!!

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    1. Haha – How did you know, Lindsay? I love those cows too! I thought it sounded quite good and I’m really looking forward to reading it! Have a wonderful weekend, Lindsay! Have fun tomorrow! 🙂

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  5. Cozynookbks says:

    I have The Dinner List and hope to get to read it in the coming weeks. 😊

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    1. Oh, I’m glad you have this book too, Laurie! I hope that we all enjoy it!

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  6. Priyasha says:

    Great line 💟

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    1. I’m glad that you like the first line of this book, Priyasha!

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  7. macsbooks311 says:

    Ohhhhh, I have this one. Hopefully I can join in with the friends when they read it!

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    1. Oh, I sure hope so too as I would love to read and discuss another book with you! 🙂

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  8. Tiffany says:

    I could take it or leave it. I’m on the fence and am waiting for the review on this 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sounds good, Tiffany and hopefully our reviews will be informative for you! 🙂

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