First Line Friday: A Tale of Two Hearts

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a NetGalley e-galley, which I will be reading for review purposes courtesy of the publisher, and may differ from the final version.


A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep is the second Once Upon a Dickens Christmas novella, following last year’s 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (you can read my recent review here).  I am confidant that, being by an author whose writing I enjoy, it will also defy my general dislike of Dickens.

Here is the description:

Book 2 in Reader Favorite Michelle Griep’s Charming Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Series

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

Much like marriage of convenience stories, fake fiancee/wife romances can be so much fun.  Here is the first line:


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In the tiny back courtyard of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

A Tale of Two Hearts was released nearly a week ago, so it is available whenever you are ready for some sweet Christmas romance novella reading, too!

Happy Friday!

Want to join in on the First Line Friday fun?  Open your current read or the book nearest to you and share the first line in the comments.  You can also head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing. 

14 thoughts on “First Line Friday: A Tale of Two Hearts

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from How to Make Victoria Sponge by Margaret Kazmierczak.

    “Monday, six-fifteen in the morning and the alarm wakes me up for a new day.”

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  2. I have shared the first line of J.D. Robb’s newest release Leverage in Death. But here I’ll share the first line of the last chapter of the book I am currently reading. This is from Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz forthcoming book I Do Not Trust You.

    “The sky darkened. The air, then the ground, vibrated with a sound so low it was almost inaudible, like the sound the individual Set pieces made, only amplified a hundred times over. It invaded M’s entire body, hammering at her skull, the delicate bones of her ears, and every joint that connected her frame.”

    I hope you enjoyed that. Happy Friday! 😀

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  3. Happy Friday!😎

    My first lines come from a book I’m reading next, In Her Bones by Kate Moretti.

    Your life is more open than you think. You think you’re safe. You have neighborhood watches and room -darkening drapes, password-protected computers, alarm systems, and garage codes that are absolutely not your firstborn’s birthday.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊💕

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  4. I hadn’t seen this book yet. You have convinced me that this is one I wish to read this coming Christmas season. I especially enjoy Michelle Griep. On my blog, I’m featuring “Engaging the Competition” by Melissa Jagears. Hope you will stop by to check it out. Wishing you a great weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday!
    The Book I’m sharing on my blog this week is A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn but I’m currently reading The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen Maher so I’ll share the first line of that here: “The wrong ideas could get a head–and a body–into a heap of trouble.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂

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