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It’s almost Christmas, can you believe that!? It always seems to sneak up on me, but that doesn’t mean I cannot stop for a moment and share the first line of a Christmas book! Today I am pleased to share the first line of The Christmas Bride by Melanie Dobson.

The Christmas Bride: A Legacy of Love Novel by [Dobson, Melanie]

Here is the first line:

May 1754

Susanna couldn’t concentrate on the Count’s eloquent words, not when her groom stood just four paces behind her.


Christian and Susanna had never met when they were chosen by lot to marry in a Moravian community in Germany. But in 1754, they traveled together with a dozen other newly married couples to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, to help establish a Moravian borough and share their faith with the surrounding Indian nations.

Susanna’’s heart warms toward her new husband even after she learns that he had wished to marry another woman. As war rages between the British and French Indians-—and the Moravians face a crisis that almost destroys their community—hristian must decide if he can forgive his past and love the bride that God has given him. Only the hope found in the Christmas child can heal his faith and his family.

Legacy of Love is a series of historical romance novels based on the courageous people and significant events that wove together the rich tapestry of America’s freedom and faith. The print version of The Christmas Bride is available online under its original title of Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

This story was inspired by Melanie’s Moravian ancestors who were married by lot in 1755.


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