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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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,

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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.

First Line Friday: A Season of Grace

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher, and may not reflect the finished, published work.


A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in her Under Northern Skies series of Historical Romances centered around Norwegian immigrants, and will be the first work I’ve read by this author.  Starting at book 3 is not my preferred approach to a series, but this book’s description appealed to me.  What I didn’t realize is that, rather than the main character having been a secondary character in the previous book, she was actually the main character in it and the upcoming (August 2019) fourth book, too!  So, I will try to go in not expecting closure, but hoping that this book is able to be read as a stand-alone.

A Season of Grace will be available November 6, 2018 from Bethany House Publishers.  Here is the first line:

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The Seven Trilogy Spotlight (Giveaway closed)

The Seven Trilogy

We are celebrating these gorgeous new covers for the Seven trilogy by Sara Davison, with a blog blitz and giveaway hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The End Begins - final coverTitle: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.

His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

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