First Line Friday – 9.21.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from The Ruby Knot by Jane Josephs, which I gave a 5-star review in my latest Kathleen’s Readers’ Club newsletter. (If you’re not already a member, sign up now!)

The Ruby Knot

Here is the first line:

Katie Ryan smiled at the picture of her first trimester ultrasound sitting among the baby supplies on her dresser.

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Graphic Designer Katie Ryan is about to have a baby, the consequence of a romantic encounter with Navy Special Forces “boat guy” CJ Jansen in Las Vegas. Back home in San Diego, Katie is determined to get her life back on track, and finds herself drawn to pastoral intern Noah Davidson. But CJ isn’t about to ignore his son, and soon Katie finds herself torn between her feelings for two very different men. With her son’s future at stake, Katie is faced with a choice: should she stay with the plan she’s made, or follow her heart?

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First Line Friday – 9.14.18

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Today I’m sharing the first line from Merried Off, a Beards and Belles novella by Christina Coryell.

Merried Off

Here is the first line:

“It must be sheer ecstasy to be known not by a name first and foremost, but by a song.”

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A whimsical musician who likes her situation just as it is. The world-wise single father who would like to change everything. And an extended Christmas season that might help them unwrap their common ground.

Celeste Jordan has always been different – a fact that has kept her safely tucked into her familiar environment most of her life. Her job as a performance musician at a theme park keeps her busy and gives her the requisite dose of social interaction, until a man dialing the wrong phone number and a little girl’s brave act shake up her routine.

Doug Kirkland’s return to Tennessee is for one reason and one reason only – his daughter, Emily. Until he gets his new life sorted out, he can’t afford to have any distractions. But after one interaction with Celeste, he knows there’s something unique about her that he can’t ignore.

Soon Celeste is an integral part of Doug’s life, along with her preoccupation for Christmas. Will the two be able to overcome their differences, or will their newfound relationship fizzle when it’s time to pack up the Christmas decorations?

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First Line Friday – 9.7.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer, a Ladies of Harper Station novella. Available separately or as part of the Hearts Entwined novella collection.

The Love Knot

Here is the first line:

May 1895

Harper’s Station, Texas

Claire Nevin frowned at the cheerful white clouds frolicking across the blue sky and tried to close her ears against the melodies the birds insisted on singing in response to the deceptively fine morning. 

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Claire Nevin identifies herself in many ways: Irish immigrant, apprentice healer, and most importantly, sister. When her troubled sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it threaten to redefine Claire’s life once again. Fighting to hold on to all she’s built, will she lose what matters most?

 

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First Line Friday – 8.31.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from High Desert Haven by Lynnette Bonner. I listened to the Audible version of this book a few years back and recently relistened to it while doing some crafting. It’s a unique story with some decidedly darker moments and situations that have no black and white solutions. I like it because it challenges me in a way that not all stories do. It is also the second in Bonner’s The Shepherd’s Heart series.

***Edited to update:  I just found out the first book in this series, Rocky Mountain Oasis, is currently available in ebook form for FREE from all retailers. I’m not sure how long this will be the case, so be sure to pick up your copy today! 😀 ***

High Desert Haven

Here is the first line:

California

July 1883

As Dominique Noel Vasquez methodically scrubbed clothes in the soapy water, she listened to the quiet, strained tones of her parents who sat against the shady side of the house.

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Is Jason Jordan really who he says he is?
Everything in Nicki’s life depends on the answer.

Oregon, 1887

When her husband dies in a mysterious riding accident, Nicki Trent is left with a toddler and a rundown ranch. Determined to bring her ranch back from the brink of death, Nicki hires handsome Jason Jordan to help. But when William, her neighbor, starts pressing for her hand in marriage, the bank calls in a loan she didn’t even know about, bullets start flying, and a burlap dummy with a knife in its chest shows up on her doorstep, Nicki wonders if this ranch is worth all the trouble.

To make matters worse, terrible things keep happening to her neighbors. When her friend’s homestead is burned to the ground and William lays the blame at Jason’s feet, Nicki wonders how well she knows her new hand…and her own heart.

A desperate need. Malicious adversaries. Enticing love.

Step into a day when outlaws ran free, the land was wild, and guns blazed at the drop of a hat.

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First Line Friday – 8.24.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from The Bride Bargain by Kelly Eileen Hake. It’s a book that sat on my TBR for too long, but I finally got a chance to read it recently and enjoyed it.

The Bride Bargain

Here is the first line:

Nebraska Territory, Oregon Tail, two weeks journey past Fort Laramie, 1855

“That does it!”

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When Clara Fields and her aunt are kicked off their wagon train, a store owner in Buttonwood offers a chance at redemption. Desperate, she agrees to find a bride for the man’s son—a stalwart bachelor. Will Clara’s faith and wits help her wrangle a resolution to The Bride Bargain?

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First Line Friday – 8.17.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a novella I recently read and loved: Facade by Pepper Basham. But before I share that line, can we just pause a moment to drool over this cover? I mean . . . it’s just gorgeous!

Facade

*discretely wipes mouth with napkin* Okay, now that that’s done, here is the first line:

Yet another grand display of extravagance and the idiosyncrasies of the social dance. 

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A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother.

A reluctant spy who’d risk is life to save the woman who broke his heart.

Olivia Rakes has almost mythic observations skills when it comes to facts, figures, and details, but she stumbles through matters of the heart. When her brother goes missing over German-occupied France, Livy enlists her services with a group of search-and-rescue spies, who not only thrust her toward espionage, danger, and deceit, but the most frightening of all…romance.

Agent Christopher Dawson has avoided Livy Rakes since she broke his heart three years ago. Which is probably for the best, since, as a British spy, he could very well die any day and pursuing a romantic relationship is not on the agenda for him. But when the search for a downed-pilot brings them together on a secret mission, the heart takes on a mind of its own.

In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can Christopher and Livy work together to complete their rescue mission before the enemy catches them first.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I don’t normally share a review in my First Line Friday posts, and this isn’t going to be my usual type review, but I can’t help sharing my thoughts with you!

Perhaps it is because I’d just finished watching Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits, or perhaps it’s because I’m such a fan of PBS’s Sherlock and Basham’s heroine reminded me of a female version of the infamous detective, but this book simply fascinated me from the first scene to the last page.

The heroine is unlike any other I’ve ever read. For that reason, her relationship with the hero is also unlike any I’ve read before. Despite its uniqueness, or rather, I think, because of it, the love which the two of them share is deep and special. You just want to wrap yourself in their romance like a soft, warm blanket on a wintery day. (CLICK to TWEET)

When you combine this with a plot that throws twist after twist at you and keeps you turning pages to see what will happen next . . . this isn’t a book to start if you want to get any sleep.  But it is not a book you want to miss out on! I highly recommend adding this novella to your TBR!

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First Line Friday – 8.10.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book by a new-to-me author – Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Here is the first line:

Thousands  – even millions – of women had routine choose-a-church, select-a-dress, plan-a-reception kinds of weddings.

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Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

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