First Line Friday – 5.10.19

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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 featuring, the book I’m currently reading, True to You by Becky Wade. This book has been waiting on my TBR for far too long. Have you read it?

True to You

Here’s the first line:

Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.

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Winner of the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

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My Review – The Trail Boss’s Bride

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From New York Times bestselling author Erica Vetsch comes a stirring western romance (part of the Journeys of the Heart anthology):

Steve Ketchum loves being a trail boss, almost as much as he hates river crossings. But it’s part of the job. As is moving an abandoned wagon out of the ford. But when he goes to haul it away, he’s stunned to see what’s inside.

Kitty Fareholm’s good-for-nothing husband picked a lousy time to die. How could he leave her stranded, birthing a baby in the middle of nowhere? She’d prayed for help to come, but did God honestly think a trail-worn cowboy was what she needed? What’s more, Steve’s trail crew is dead-set against having a woman join their camp. He promises the men he’ll leave her at the nearest town…but Kitty just might have other plans.

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Why This Book:

I have read and enjoyed Erica Vetsch’s writing before. Also, the premise intrigued me.

Opening Lines:

Steve Ketchum had heard it said that there were only two things on God’s green earth that cowboys were afraid of: being left afoot and a decent woman, and he believed it.

First Impressions:

The humorous opening line was amusing and within the first page to page and a half, I clearly understood how much depended on the success of this cattle drive. I immediately connected with the hero and wanted to see him succeed.

Main Characters:

Steve Ketchum –  A good man trying to do the right thing under more-than-challenging circumstances. His incredible patience and vulnerability combined with his determination and strength make him a fantastic hero.

Catherine “Kitty” Fareholm – A woman making the best of a nightmarish situation. Many women would fall to pieces when faced with Kitty’s circumstances, but not this woman. She not only keeps it together, she advocates for herself and her child without growing self-centered. Kitty’s emotional strength, intelligence, and kindness toward others make her a heroine to root for.

Emotional Engagement & Pacing of the Story:

I was engaged from page one and during the times when I reluctantly put it down to do those “adulting things,” I kept thinking about these characters. I couldn’t wait to get back to the story and find out what happened next.

Elements I especially liked/disliked:

Beyond the relationship between the hero and heroine, the reader gets to enjoy the unique dynamics of a bunch of cowboys thrown together at the last minute. There are sweethearts and troublemakers in the bunch. And then there’s the hero’s younger brother who has a chip on his shoulder and isn’t making life any easier for the hero.

Theme:

God’s plans are not always in line with our plans.

Ending:

Thoroughly satisfying and chock-full of laughs.

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

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Let’s chat!

Have you read any of the books in the Pleasant Gap series? What do you think it means to be courageous?

TWEETABLES:

You won’t want to “adult” when you have this book calling your name!

This sweet adventure romance will keep you turning the pages long past bedtime!

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Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author, but was NOT required to write a positive review. You may read my full disclosure of materials HERE.

First Line Friday – 5.3.19 + GIVEAWAY!

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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 featuring, the book I’m currently reading, The Trail Boss’s Bride by Erica Vestch. I am seriously enjoying this read and didn’t want to put it down to write this post. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s your chance to win a free copy!

To enter my giveaway: Share this post on social media and tag me @KathleenDenly. Then leave a comment below letting me know that you shared, along with a line from your favorite book or the book you’re reading right now.

**Giveaway closes @ 11:59pm 5/3/19**

The Trail Boss's Bride

Here’s the first line:

Steve Ketchum had heard it said that there were only two things on God’s green earth that cowboys were afraid of: being left afoot and a decent woman, and he believed it.

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From New York Times bestselling author Erica Vetsch comes a stirring western romance (part of the Journeys of the Heart anthology):

Steve Ketchum loves being a trail boss, almost as much as he hates river crossings. But it’s part of the job. As is moving an abandoned wagon out of the ford. But when he goes to haul it away, he’s stunned to see what’s inside.

Kitty Fareholm’s good-for-nothing husband picked a lousy time to die. How could he leave her stranded, birthing a baby in the middle of nowhere? She’d prayed for help to come, but did God honestly think a trail-worn cowboy was what she needed? What’s more, Steve’s trail crew is dead-set against having a woman join their camp. He promises the men he’ll leave her at the nearest town…but Kitty just might have other plans.

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First Line Friday – hiatus

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you’re enjoying a fun Friday! I’m so sorry to disappoint you, but I’m unable to participate in this week’s First Line Friday fun. 😦 I am eyebrows deep in edits right now and working hard toward a deadline. I promise to be back in the game next week, though! In the meantime, have fun visiting some of the other bloggers who are participating this week and be sure to let me know which of the books that you discover intrigues you the most!

Happy Weekend

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First Line Friday – 4.19.19

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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 featuring, A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden.

A Daring Venture

Here’s the first line:

Connecticut, 1890

“You and your brother are to go to the music room, close the door, and don’t come out until I say you can.”

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As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city–but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York, Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the odds stacked against these two rivals swiftly grow more insurmountable with every passing day.

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First Line Friday – 4.12.19

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Don’t you just love Fridays? I don’t know about you, but I can often squeeze in a little more reading on the weekends than I can during the week. I doubt I’ll be doing much reading this weekend, though. I’m headed for the 2019 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference! KRC Members can look for my spring newsletter with all my exciting updates (and, of course, the latest giveaways and book deals) to land in their inbox shortly after I return. If you aren’t yet a KRC Member, be sure to click the link below to sign up!

Today I’m featuring, A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson. This is one of those books you remember vividly even years later.

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Here’s the first line:

Walking down the main street in Deadwood is like stepping onto hell’s front porch.

Doesn’t that line make you excited to keep reading?

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Test Your 19th-Century Slang

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When it comes to nineteenth-century slang, are you a ninny or smart as a steel trap? Keep reading to find out!

Did you know, that if you called me a Kate, I would give you Jesse? I might even plant a sockdollager on your snout and knock you into a cocked hat. You’ll probably wind up in Job’s dock when I’m through. After all, I’ve been known to whip my weight in wild cats when I get wrathy. Now, don’t wake snakes. Any varmint what’s too much of a ninny to shut pan when he’s fuddled deserves what comes to him.

That reminds me: If you’re poor as Job’s turkey, I reckon you’d best steer clear of the groggery. Don’t think that you can pass the old orchard and pull foot. You can’t hornswoggle him and I hear-tell that owner’s savage as a meat axe when he’s in a pucker. He’ll exfluncticate you if you don’t pony-up before you absquatulate.

Cutting up didoes may be all the go among natty kids but it’ll land you in the block-house.

What’s that? You say you’ve got your own bucket shop? Well, ain’t you a huckleberry above a persimmon? Do-tell! And while you’re at it, let me know how much of this made sense to you and how much sounded like bunkum.

Need a dictionary? Here you go:

ninny = coot/idiot/simpleton

smart as a steel trap = particularly intelligent and quick

Kate = smart, brazen-faced woman

Jesse = hell

sockdollager = powerful punch or blow

cock your hat = knock someone senseless

Job’s dock = hospital

whip one’s weight in wild cats = defeat a powerful opponent

wrathy = angry

wake snakes = make a fuss

varmint = wild animal or objectionable person

shut pan = close one’s mouth

fuddled = drunk

poor as Job’s turkey = very poor

reckon = to think or guess

groggery = drinking establishment

old orchard = whiskey

pull foot = leave quickly

hornswoggle = to cheat; to pull the wool over one’s eyes

savage as a meat axe = extremely savage

pucker = in a state of anger

exfluncticate = to utterly destroy

pony-up = pay up

absquatulate = to take leave, to disappear

cutting up didoes = getting into mischief

all the go = in fashion

natty kids = young thieves

block-house = jail

bucket shop = gin mill; distillery

huckleberry above a persimmon = a cut above

Do-tell = express fascination in a way that encourages the speaker to continue

bunkum = nonsense

acknowledge the corn = to admit the truth; to confess

Which of these terms had you the most befuddled? Let me know in the comments below!

(NOTE: While these are true nineteenth-century terms, the above was written in good fun and should not be taken seriously.)

To learn more fun nineteenth-century terms, check out these sources:

19th Century Slang Dictionary (PDF)

Dictionary of Americanisms

Vocabulum – The Rogue’s Lexicon