Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!
Can you believe it’s October already? Time has been flying by lately and as proof I offer this week’s title which has been taunting my lack of time from its spot on my Kindle. I’m speaking, of course, of Angela K. Couch’s novel, The Return of the King’s Ranger. I absolutely love Angela’s writing, but I haven’t been able to squeeze this one into my reading schedule yet. I am hoping to do so this month.
Here is the first line:
Mohawk Valley, July 1785
Up and down, up and down, Nora Reid plunged the dash in the butter churn, trying hard not to think about how the motion followed the pattern of her life.
The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier, Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory and a King’s Ranger.
Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she’d lost hope of ever experiencing.
With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can’t risk staying. Not if he loves her.
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