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!

Today I’m sharing the first line from The Substitute Heiress, by Juliane Karlis.


The Substitute Heiress: A Sweet Regency Romance (The Ashcombe Heiresses Book 1) by [Juliane Karlis]




Here is the first line:

Portsmouth, England

April 1817


“Now that I’m alone I don’t know what I’ll do!”







She never meant to take her mistress’s place.

Anna Bond sails to Jamaica with her new mistress, the timid heiress Arabella. Everything Anna has ever dreamed of in her orphaned life—family, fortune, status—and handsome suitors!—will soon be Arabella’s.

Anna chafes at the thought of living the rest of her life as a lady’s maid, but when a twist of fate puts Anna in the heiress’s place, she discovers that dreams aren’t always as sweet as they seem!

Will Anna be able to tell Arabella’s arrogant Grandfather the truth about who she is? More importantly, can she admit to herself that her dreams have changed, thanks to a certain tall young first mate with sea-green eyes?

This sweet and clean historical Regency romance will keep you entertained and leave you satisfied with a delightful happily-ever-after!




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