First-Line Fridays

First-Line Friday #14


A Mother For His Family


Perthsire, Scotland, July 1819

With no warning, the rain-soaked ground underfoot gave way, and Lady Helena Stanhope slid backward into the mucky trench.

What a great first line! It really draws me in. Is she running away from something and slipped? Is she a clumsy girl? Is someone chasing here? I love books that get you straight from the first line.

I am very excited to read this novel. It will be my first book by this author. I have heard so many good things about her writing this week that I am ready to dive into this book!

Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below. Then head on over to Hoarding Books to see all of the FLF pages this week (just click on the FLF button below).


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30 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #14”

  1. I LOVE historical fiction. So this one definitely goes on my list. Thanks for sharing.

    My first line is “Sometimes leading also means following. Sometimes being first means you actually arrive second.” Service Tales by Ace Collins

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  2. My first line is from Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels:

    “You’re too young to be hanging around with a bunch of old ladies. You need to be with girls your own age,” Daniel Greenwood explained to his eleven-year-old daughter, Holly.

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Eeep! I’m so excited about getting to read this book! I just know it’s going to be great!

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book just released this week; “The Esther Paradigm”. I’m just over half-way through the book, and I’m loving the story. But you’ll have to go over there to read the first line for The Esther Paradigm. Here I’ll share with you the first line from an older favorite.

    Bedford, England — May 1659
    “The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute.” — The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

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  4. Historical Fiction done well can be so great to read. This one sounds very interesting. . .

    Today I featured Masquerade by Janette Rallison. I re-read it this week and always enjoy it.

    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”

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  5. Adding this to my TBR! Looks like a great read!

    I’m featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I’m currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I’ll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I’d be lying, and I’m a journalist, which means I don’t lie.

    Happy Friday!

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  6. Wonder what she was doing out in the rain…

    My opening line comes from Nancy J Cohen’s “Permed to Death”
    – “Marla, if the coffee is ready, I’ll have my cup while my perm processes,” Mrs. Kravitz said, squinting as Marla squeezed the pungent solution onto her scalp. –

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  7. Oh my! I can just see the mud everywhere. 🙂

    My first line comes from Masquerade by Janette Rallison. This is a re-read for me of this fun book.

    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”

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  8. My first line is from Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris:

    Special Agent Garrett Addison snapped a photo of the freshly dug grave located inside the yellow roped-off crime scene.

    I guess I posted this on the wrong blog and I’m also reading The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietz.


  9. Ewww! But great first line! I’ll be reading this one soon.

    I’m featuring the first line from Pepper Basham’s ‘Charming the Troublemaker’ on my blog, but I’m going to leave you with the first line of a book I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, ‘The Bachelor Missions’ by Jes Drew:

    “One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down–his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat.”

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  10. That’s a great first line. I remember camping in Scotland and yes. The mud.

    I’m sharing from Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter on my blog today, and I’m currently reading the Regency Brides collection. Here’s the first line to the second novella in the book, Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell:

    Whoever coined the phrase to “bite one’s tongue” was sorely mistaken in believing that silence inflicted mere physical harm.

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  11. I love that first line! In my blog, I’m featuring The Regency Brides Collection. Here, I will give you the first lines of The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd. “There was no doubt in William Sterling’s mind. He was being followed.”

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  12. And I’m sure someone saw her :).

    Happy Friday!

    The first line of the book I’m currently reading is:

    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray’s courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather’s stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

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