First Line Friday – Ella: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week’s featured book was read for free as a NetGalley e-galley, courtesy of the publisher.  As this book is now available, and e-galleys are not necessarily the final version, I have used the Look Inside feature on Amazon for the lines quoted.

Having just read (and reviewedElla: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella by Sarah Price, the second in her Amish Fairytale series, I couldn’t resist sharing the first lines of both the prologue and the first chapter.  If you are a Cinderella and/or Cinderella retelling fan, I think you’ll see why.

Here are those first lines:

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Ella: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella by Sarah Price (review)

ella_price_zebrakensingtonSarah Price’s Amish retellings of Austen, and now fairytales, have had me curious.  So I couldn’t resist requesting an e-galley copy to read of Ella: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella when I spotted it on NetGalley.  Having now read it, I am definitely going to be reading more from this author.

Ella is a fun, quick read that transports the reader into an Amish tale that incorporates all of the expected components and characters of the Cinderella fairytale, though not always in an expected way.  Her stepmother is appropriately, capriciously cruel and her step-sisters vain and lazy, and there just happen to be some mice in the cellar. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Healing Love

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

The first line featured today is from an e-book I received from the author in exchange for an (upcoming) honest review.

Today I’m featuring Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery for a themed First Line Friday, celebrating Academia.

Brooke Endress is pursuing a career in television journalism when she is roped into accompanying her high school age sister on a mission trip to El Salvador, where their guide/translator is a local teacher.

Here is the first line:

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Who’s on First: Thoughts on First Person Narratives

1stperson.jpgIf you were to ask me why I didn’t like first person a few years ago, I would not have been able to explain it properly nor could I have pointed to a specific first person narrative as an example to support this opinion.  Rather I would have gone round and round about the subject, much like the old comedy skit ‘Who’s on First?’ for one simple reason:   Continue reading

First Line Friday: The Blue Castle

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Shortly after discovering Anne of Green Gables in my late teens, through the fabulous 1985 mini-series, I read one of L.M. Montgomery’s few stand alone books written for adults, The Blue Castle.  I had no idea then how the story of Valancy Stirling would stay with me, leading me to pick it up again decades later, only to discover an even deeper understanding and love for the book along with a new appreciation of Barney.  So, along with The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim in April, I want to start rereading  The Blue Castle each May (though, as in April, I may not find the time this year) and perhaps begin to find one favorite re-read appropriate to each of the other ten months of the year.  Because, to paraphrase Gwendolyn Fairfax from The Importance of Being Earnest, one should always have something sensational to read.

Here is the first line from L.M. Montgomery‘s 1926 novel, The Blue Castle:

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Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym

cramptonhodnet.jpgSecond in my read-through of Barbara Pym’s novels, Crampton Hodnet was the author’s second novel written, in the late 1930’s, but not published until after her death.  Slightly less polished, but no less enjoyable than her first novel, I think her decision not to pursue publication must have been made in that indeterminate time between a novel being hopelessly out of fashion and becoming wonderfully nostalgic, because if Some Tame Gazelle was a peach, then Crampton Hodnet is a plum. Continue reading

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (review)

theaccidentalguardian_connealy_bethanyhouseWhat a great start to what promises to be another enjoyable series from Mary Connealy! Within the first pages, we are knee deep in danger as the heroine of the story, Deborah Harkness, is introduced.  As she and her sister Gwen hide out with two young children, the only survivors of an attack on their small group of wagons that had splintered off from the main wagon train, the former Guardian of the trail is not far off. Continue reading