First Line Friday: Yours Truly, Thomas

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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

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Yours Truly, Thomas is Rachel Fordham‘s second novel.  While waiting for my copy to arrive from the publisher, I read her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs, hoping it wasn’t a mistake to request a book by an author I hadn’t previously read.  It wasn’t.

Here is the description:

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail.

Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the dead letter office, and she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, perhaps a taste of romance. When she comes across a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love, it becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

But when Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter, and yet . . . she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

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The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman (tour review)

thecrossingatcypresscreek_hillman_tyndaleIn her third and final Natchez Trace novel, Pam Hillman reunites the last O’Shea with his brothers.  Long estranged and having spent the past years at sea and fighting on different sides of various conflicts, Caleb O’Shea means to make only a brief visit when he finds himself unexpectedly close to his brothers’ new homes.  But that’s before he becomes increasingly entangled in their new logging venture and in battling the threat of river pirates to their business and to the lovely Alanah Adams, a local healer known as Addled Alanah. Continue reading

First Line Friday: The Crossing at Cypress Creek

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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

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The Crossing at Cypress Creek is the third in Pam Hillman‘s Natchez Trace series.  The first two books, The Promise of Breeze Hill and The Road to Magnolia Glen, were favorites and among the best Historical Inspirational Romance books I read in 2017 and 2018, so the bar is high but I’m confident that this will be a favorite of 2019.

First, here is the description:

Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.

Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.

Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.

And now the first line:

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First Line Friday: Midnight on the River Grey

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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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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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

First Line Friday: Ever Faithful

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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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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