Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.
Today’s featured book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It’s Good Friday, and with Easter approaching the lovely ladies at hoardingbooksblog have chosen it as the theme! I was unsure what book to share, but as I started to read a new book today, it occurred to me within the first ten chapters that it just might work…or not.
So today I’ll be sharing, however unlikely this may seem, from a modern version of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, February 2018) .
The main character, Toren Daniels, has just woken in a strange room, unaware that eight months have passed. He is quickly aware, however, that he seems to be a changed man. A new man. And as the story goes on, his reappearance is referred to as a resurrection several times.
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Having read the first of the Bradford Sisters Romance novels, True to You, that follows this prequel novella, I thought I was prepared. I thought I had a good idea of what to expect. Perhaps I didn’t pay close enough attention to the references to the parents of the three sisters and their circumstances, but I was unprepared for the rawness of this story. Continue reading
I recently picked up my copy of Madam, Will You Talk?, Mary Stewart’s first Romantic Suspense book originally published in 1955, on a whim with the thought that I’d read just a bit and then put it down. Well, once I was past the introduction of most of the players, I just couldn’t. Continue reading
Garret has to be married or lose his hotel, according to the agreement he signed with the town’s founder. Instead of the woman he sent for as maid, cook, and wife in name only, a rather unskilled socialite arrives. This just before a major snowstorm, stranding passengers and filling his new hotel…with only the two of them for staff.
Virginia switched places with her maid, Millie, and is on the run from her father and the cruel man he has approved to be her fiancé. She quickly learns that watching someone else do the work of a maid and cook does not equip her at all for the reality of the work. Continue reading
Lay preacher/demolition lead with a Scotts burr in a mining camp where women are banned meets spunky orphan in almost immediate marriage of convenience, so they can both care for the twins they’ve claimed as their own, but the twins are in imminent danger from unseen villains? Yes, please. Except, there were almost too many issues to simply let go of and enjoy a few hours of Historical Fiction. Continue reading
Cevilla Schlabach is sure of many things. Among them, that sweet Ivy Yoder is perfect for her great-nephew Noah Schlabach, and that she has God’s go-ahead to do a little matchmaking. What follows is a sweet story of slow-building love, as the objects of her plotting are both intent on remaining unattached after earlier disappointments. Continue reading
Two years have passed in the village of Thrush Green, with some residents moving on and others moving in. Rather than a single day, as in the first novel of the series, we are treated to an entire season. A season of male friendships and not so much romance as matrimonial possibilities are in the air, though for the older set this time out. Continue reading