First Line Friday: Ladies of Intrigue

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a digital galley and may differ from the published text.


Michelle Griep has quickly become an author whose historical fiction is a must read for me.  So I’m very much looking forward to reading her three novellas collected in Ladies of Intrigue.

Set in the port village of Treporth in 1815 Cornwall, England, here are the first lines from the first of the three novellas, The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady:


“Recreasing the worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news.  No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment.”

Now that I’ve read those first lines, it won’t be long before I will have read all three novellas and you’ll be able to look for a review here on my blog.  Now if I could just get caught up enough to find time to read her back catalog…

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.


10 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Ladies of Intrigue

  1. I always enjoy reading Michelle Griep’s stories!!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Amber Lynn Perry’s new book, Upon My Heart Forever. Here I’ll share with you the first line from Chapter 9 of the same book.

    “The edges of her carefully constructed barrier sloughed away, despite her misgivings.”

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  2. I read the first novella in this book, and it was great! I’m reading the second novella now. 🙂 And I agree with you, Michelle Griep is a new author for me, and I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read by her. Happy reading Yvette!


  3. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Moments We Forget by Beth Vogt. You can check that out here: I’m currently on chapter 20, so I will share the first couple of lines from there.

    “I should do something more to make today feel festive — more Christmassy. But turning Spotify to holiday music would have to do.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😊❤️📖


  4. Another by Michelle!

    My first few lines are from The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep. I just finished this fabulous book!
    Southampton, England 1815

    Was it wicked to say goodbye with a smile? Wrong to feel happy about leaving one’s family behind? Surely only a sinner’s heart would harbor such uncharitable emotions…wouldn’t it?


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