First Line Friday: Mrs. Tim of the Regiment

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I first discovered my love of middle-brow fiction through a library e-book of D.E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book, and have been wanting to read her Mrs. Tim Christie series ever since.  Based on the author’s own diaries as an Army wife and first published in 1932, Hester’s diary promises to be interesting and amusing.

I’m 2 days in and already that promise is bearing fruit.

I’ll be reading this first Mrs. Tim book, which begins in January and ends in June, slowly over the course of the month, so I couldn’t resist sharing her first January line for this first First Line Friday of the year.  Here it is:



“First January

Tim wakes up very peevish after last night’s celebrations in Mess (how strange the after effects of enjoyment on the human frame!).”


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.


18 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Mrs. Tim of the Regiment

  1. Hi! Happy Friday.

    I shared the first couple of lines from my current read, The Au Pair by Emma Rous. I am currently 40% in so I will share the first line of chapter 12 here instead.

    October/November 1991
    When Alex dropped Ruth home after their lunch date, she went directly to her bedroom claiming a headache. I’d been making flapjacks with Edwin and Joel, and I chewed on a crispy corner piece as I watched the yellow car glide away down the lane. I guessed from Ruth’s headache that her outing with Alex hadn’t been a success.

    Hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend!

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  2. Enjoy your book! On my blog I shared the first line from We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels. Here I will share from Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble — “Bailey Fleming glanced out her patient’s window into the parking lot, but the swirling snow obscured all but the dim glow of the streetlamp.”

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  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Until I Met You: Brides of Seattle Prequel” by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    “Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”

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  4. Happy Friday!

    Interesting selection. I like reading a diary-entry type of story . . . so I’ll have to check it out. Also, I love the cover.

    On my blog this week, I’m featuring Laura Frantz’s “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” as my FLF. I’m also reading Mary Connealy’s “Out of Control.” This FLF is:

    Colorado Territory
    June 23, 1866

    “Last time. This is it. Never again.”

    Have a good weekend and happy reading.

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  5. I’m featuring lines from Lacey Black’s upcoming release Love and Pancakes on my bog today.

    “I’m sorry, miss, but you won’t be able to get in there for a few days. Not until after the fire marshal has completed his investigation and ruled out arson,” the fire chief states, a look of pity mixed with soot smeared on his aged face.

    Happy Reading!

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  6. Happy Friday!

    Today, on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton. I’m currently on chapter 24, so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Chase sat back in one of the wicker chairs Mom insisted he own, cradled his guitar in his lap, and watched the fireflies hail the end of a long day.”

    It’s such a good book. I’m loving it. 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚

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  7. I think I’ll have to check this one out. It sounds like an interesting read!

    I’m featuring a non-fiction book on my blog this week–A Light So Lovely (about Madeleine L’Engle)–but I’m also about to dive into Stratagem by Robin Caroll, so here’s the first line:

    “According to your estimation, she has eight minutes to figure out she can’t open the door unless her employee uses the key he got in the last room.”

    Have a great weekend!

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