First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.


I’m traveling today and may not be able to fully participate in First Line Friday, but I couldn’t miss sharing the first lines from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin.  I am currently reading it as a NetGalley digital galley that I was sent access to in order to feature it on Instagram – today! – as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.

Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here are the first lines (and an uncropped version of my Instagram image):

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Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink (quick review)

cowboybodyguard_mentink_loveinspiredsuspenseThe third of four books in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series finally answers the questions about Jack that readers have been left with in the previous books.  Secretly married for seven years to the love of his life, his was an unintentional marriage-in-name-only.  But when Shannon Livingston needs him, Jack is there for her in true Thorn brother fashion. Continue reading

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin (review)

senddowntherain_martin_thnelsonIn Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin takes the story of a reclusive mountain man, a veteran who has become almost feral in his retreat from society, and turns it into a tale of redemption, of “getting back to good.”  First aiding an immigrant mother and her children to escape abuse, and then his lost love Allie to rebuild her life, the reader follows Joseph on a journey of recovery and reconnection. Continue reading

First Line Friday: An Unseemly Wife

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I’m thinking ahead to 2019 and planning to focus on reading more of the books already on my bookshelves, so this week I’m sharing An Unseemly Wife by E.B. Moore, a book that I purchased it in 2016.

I’m looking forward to finally reading this story of an Amish woman whose husband decides they should leave the comfort and safety of their home, breaking their Order’s rules to journey west and claim free land along with the dreaded English.  Here is the first line: Continue reading

The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb (review)

themanshemarried_lamb_kensingtonWith an intriguing premise and a solid opening, Cathy Lamb’s new novel has a lot of promise that it mostly delivers on.  While the reader is aware of the events of the first chapter, Natalie Shelton awakes several days later to the aftermath with no memory of the morning she learned that her husband has a past that is now a threat to her.  A woman who prioritizes safety in all aspects of her life, Natalie hears everything from her “coma coffin” as various friends, family, and medical personnel talk to her and about her. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Temptation Rag

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from an Advance Reading Copy/Uncorrected Proof and may not reflect the finished, published work.


I received a review copy of Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard from Smith Publicity, specifically to share on my Bookstagram account.  Though Instagram is my favorite social media, I can’t resist sharing this book here as well.

Temptation Rag will be available in early December from Belle Epoque Publishing.  Here is the first line:


Sedalia, Missouri

November 1895

When the train pulled into Sedalia, it was dark.  The traveling minstrel shows that made stops all through the summer were long gone.  They wouldn’t be back until spring.


More than just one sentence, I realize, but how could I resist?  I’m so looking forward to reading May and Mike’s story and learning a bit more about the Ragtime Era along the way.

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.

A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling (review)

aseasonofgrace_snelling_bhpA Season of Grace is the third book in Lauraine Snelling’s Under Northern Skies series about the Carlson family, Norwegian immigrants trying to make their way in a forested area of Northern Minnesota in the early 20th Century.  This particular entry in the series focuses on Nilda Carlson, a young woman who has quickly captured the eye of more than one potential suitor. Continue reading