First Line Friday: An Unseemly Wife

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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

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First Line Friday: Temptation Rag

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

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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:

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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

First Line Friday: A Season of Grace

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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.

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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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First Line Friday: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

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

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With a theme of “favorite genre” this week, I had to make a choice between Historical Fiction and Science Fiction, and there were too many books I wanted to share!  So, I decided to feature Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd (The Victorian Ladies Series, book 1). Out October 9th from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., I received a NetGalley digital galley to feature on Instagram 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 on October 9, 2018.

Here is the first line (and the rather lovely cover):

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First Line Friday: Old West Christmas Brides

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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.

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It’s a “holiday grab bag” themed First Line Friday!

Christmas novellas are one of my favorite things to read as the holiday season approaches, and I particularly enjoy those that are historical fiction.  So when Barbour Books (they of the fabulous novella collections) added a new Christmas themed Historical Inspirational Romance novella collection, I hit that “request” button on NetGalley with a quickness.

Old West Christmas Brides: 6 Historical Romances Celebrate Christmas on the Frontier is a collection that gathers together previously published novellas by Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough, and Debra Ullrich.  I’m currently three novellas in and loving it.

Here is the first line from the first novella, A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley:

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