First Line Friday – 5.19.17


Friday! Friday! Friday! Three cheers for the upcoming weekend! But before we get there, how about discovering some great reads to distract you from those annoying weekend chores? 😉

As always, I’m sharing a line from a book I think my readers will be interested in. However, I’m stepping out of my norm, this week and sharing a nonfiction book with you. This week’s line is from Victorian Fashions & Costumes From Harper’s Bazaar 1867-1898 which is a book I’ve been referencing a lot for my current work in progress.

Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper's Bazar 1867-1898

Again stepping away from my norm, instead of sharing the first line from this book, I am choosing to share the one which most intrigued me because it is the first line of a chapter entitled, “Bustles and Puffs 1867-1874”:

Sometimes fashions take their direction from practical needs.

Isn’t that a surprising start to such a chapter? I know I certainly never associated bustles or puffs with “practical needs.” So of course, I had to read on and discover why the author would choose to begin such a subject with a sentence such as this.

I am admittedly not a very fashion-minded person. I tend to try to choose things for myself which are more classic or timeless so that I don’t have to run out and purchase something new when my current wardrobe becomes embarrassingly outdated. Therefore learning all the ins and outs of the fashion terms and trends of the past is probably my most dreaded part of the historical research I must do. I admit, I would much rather read the diary of an oregon trail pioneer or even the history of a local historical building, than essays on the whys and wherefores of fashion history. BUT this book has made the task far less painful and even a bit enjoyable. Thus, bearing in mind that many of my fellow historical romance readers and writers differ greatly from me in their enjoyment of this topic, I present this book to you as a source of painless knowledge and possibly even entertainment. 😉

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line!

Then head on over and share your first line with these friends:

Andi @ Radiant Light

Carrie @ Reading Is My Super Power

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews

Beth @ Faithfully Bookish

Amanda @ With A Joyful Noise

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Trisha @ The Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ C Jane Read

Molly @ Molly’s Cafinated-Reads

CJ @ Moments Dipped In Ink

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Lauraine @ Lauraine’s Notes

29 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 5.19.17

  1. I love Victorian costumes, especially in paintings. Looks like a fun read!

    Here’s my first line:
    Garvin Poole slipped out of bed, got his lighter off the fireplace mantel, and walked in his underwear through the dark house to the kitchen, where he took a joint out of a sugar jar, then continued to the garden door. ~Golden Prey by John Sandford

    Dinh @ Arlene’s Book Club

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  2. Interesting!
    Here’s my first line.
    A shiver rippled across Juanita Hoyt’s shoulders, an involuntary spasm induced by the cold metal encircling her wrists.

    Signs of Life by Valerie Banfield

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  3. Now I want to know what the practical needs were! I’m not terribly fashion conscious personally, but I do love historical fashions. Perhaps if we still dressed like that I would be more inclined to fashion consciousness!

    I have the first line from Erynn Newman’s debut release ‘Out of Darkness’ on my blog, but here I’m going to share the first line from Johnnie Alexander’s latest release, ‘What Hope Remembers’:

    “The June sun beat on Gabe Kendall’s bare head and tapped into his childhood memories of the horse farm.”

    Happy Friday!

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    1. I know what you mean. On the other hand, I am incredibly grateful not to deal with all those layers! I don’t even like wearing a long sleeve t-shirt under a coat! Good thing I live in the temperate San Diego area where the weather accommodates to my preferences. 🙂

      Such an interesting choice of words in that first line. It easily could have created a different feel just by substituting “beat” with “warmed” and “tapped into” with “brought to mind” or something similar. Instead the author chose some rather forceful words. Makes me curious to read on. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is: “My heart beat as if it was trying to build up speed and erupt from my chest.” From Warfare:Life After Book 2 by Julie Hall. Coming out June 13th.

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  5. My first line is from TURTLES IN THE ROAD, a humorous romance from mother/daughter duo Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea. The book arrived yesterday, and I didn’t get to crack it open until 1:00 AM…but I just HAD to start it before bed! The first chapter is hilarious…and Piper is my new BF! — “Normally a nice long solo drive had a calming effect on Piper.”

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    1. Well I just LOVE humorous romance and any book you anticipate that much is definitely worth checking out. Thank you for the recommendation!

      ETA: Just read the blurb and bought it immediately! Now to find the time to read it! LOL Thanks again!

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  6. This looks like a wonderful book! As most know, the Victorian era is my favorite…I remember when I was in England, I got to visit a few museums that contained wardrobes from the past. It was so interesting to see how men and women dressed through the centuries. 🙂

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  7. I love Victorian clothing!

    It’s a Regency weekend for me. Today I’ve started reading Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series.

    October 1911
    Berkshire, England

    Julia Foster lifted her gaze to the clear October sky as a lark swooped past.

    The Governess of Highland Hall


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  8. That’s so interesting! Happy Friday.

    Here’s mine: Jody Hedlund’s For Love & Honor: “You have one month to pay the debt,” Captain Foxe stated, his tone as rigid as the plate armor he wore.

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  9. This is the book I have just started to read; Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier. By Elaine Faber ” Lighting flashed and thunder rattled the windows of Wilkey’s Market where Agnes pushed a little metal cart through the crowded aisle.”
    But I do have another great mystery up today on the blog!

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  10. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and shared today. Sadly, I and my kids are unwell so I haven’t the time to reply right now. I will try to read and respond as soon as I can but it may take some time. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


  11. Sounds like a great resource book! I thought I’d share something different here than the book featured on my blog today. This book is one my son is reading.
    “Betsey Maxwell wearily trailed behind Loren as her brother dodged the muddy puddles, horse manure, and piles of crates in the narrow London street.”
    – The Thieves of Tyburn Square by: Dave & Neta Jackson
    The Trailblazer Books – Bethany House Publisher 1995

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