Welcome to First Line Friday,
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The first Karen Witemeyer book I ever read was Short Straw Bride, and like a lot of her readers, I loved the Archer brothers. And I enjoyed seeing all four of them find love in the two novels and single novella that made up the original Archer Brother series. But since he found his true love as a secondary character, Jim Archer never had his own story. But now there is a fourth story in the series, told Jim and Cassandra Archer’s points of view.
Jim and Cassie, along with all of the growing Archer family, are together in the brand new novella An Archer Family Christmas as part of a new 2-in-1 novella collection from Bethany House. It is e-book only and includes the previously published Gift of the Heart.
Here is the description:
It’s Christmas Eve, 1893, and the entire family has gathered to celebrate the holiday. This day is always bittersweet for Jim and Cassie, who lost a child on Christmas Eve three years earlier. Cassie has devoted herself to being the favorite aunt of the Archer children, whisking her nieces away to a nearby schoolhouse to create decorations for the Christmas tree that the men and oldest boys are venturing out to chop down.
When an unexpected knock at the schoolhouse door reveals a desperate pregnant woman on the run from a dangerous outlaw, it’ll take a Christmas miracle–and the entire Archer clan–to make sure no danger befalls the child born on this beloved holiday.
And here is the first line:
“December 24, 1893–Palestine, Texas
Jim Archer loaded the rocker he had crafted as a Christmas gift for his newest sister-in-law into the back of his wagon, then locked the door of his carpentry shop.“
Jim was always the strong silent type and that line instantly brings back his love of working with wood. I’m looking forward to reading this new novella.
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