First Line Friday: Midnight on the River Grey

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.

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I stopped joining launch teams for various reasons, but after reading Abigail Wilson‘s debut novel, In the Shadow of Croft Towers, I took a chance and applied to be on the launch team for her second, Midnight on the River Grey.  

It was an impulsive choice and I’ve been a bit nervous about it.  But, friends….three chapters in and I’m completely hooked.  It was the last sentence of the prologue that really got me, but this being First Line Friday, I’ll be sharing the first line below.

First, here is the description:

She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

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And now the first line from Chapter One, set “two years later” in 1813 London:

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Two Ways Home by Sondra Kraak

Two-Ways-Home_kraakThis is the story of the grown up romance between childhood frenemies Dairy Mary and Luke the Duke.  And along the rocky road to their romance, readers are treated to glimpses of their shared past and the struggles that made them the adults they are. Continue reading

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett (review)

everfaithful_burnett_waterbrookEver Faithful is the third stand-alone Vintage National Parks novel from author Karen Barnett, combining mystery, adventure, and romance against the backdrop of Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1933.

Several things make this novel stand out, not least the fun and authentic use of the names summer workers gave to their different jobs, like maids being pillow pushers and tour bus drivers being gear jammers, and the use of locations peculiar to the setting, like the Crow’s Nest treehouse inside the Old Faithful Inn.  But what leaves the most lasting impression is the spirit of the main characters. Continue reading

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner (tour review)

allmannerofthings_finkbeiner_revellAbout the book:

After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted. Continue reading

First Line Friday: All Manner of Things

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.

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This week has been busy and reviews I meant to write for books I could not put down, like All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner, well, they each only have a sentence or two so far.  So I’ll share the first line with you today and the (rave) review will be “coming soon.”

Here is the description:

After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

And here is the first line:

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First Line Friday: Ever Faithful

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.

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If you read my reviews of the first two Vintage National Parks novels, you know how much I adored them.  So it won’t be a spoiler for my upcoming review to say that I adored the third novel in the series,  Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett.  Enough that I had to double check that I hadn’t already shared the first line on a previous Friday.

Here is the description:

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more–and the woman who must confront his deception.

A man who can’t read will never amount to anything–or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?

And here is the first line (and the fabulous cover):

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One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak (review)

OPOET-cover_kraakReviews of the first three books in the Love that Counts series have had me wanting to read them for quite some time, so I thought I’d give the sample chapters of book one, One Plus One Equals Trouble, a quick read. That was a mistake.

Combine one part scandalous rumor with one part affection, one part suspicion, and one part outright frustration, and what did you get?  One sleepless night. (p.165)

I was quickly drawn in by this story of a heartbroken former San Francisco socialite and a former college professor, reeling from undeserved scandal. co-teaching while competing for the one teaching job in the small town of Pine Creek, Washington.  From their first amusing but, for 1891, potentially scandalous encounter, it is clear Continue reading