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First-Line Friday #36


This week, our theme is floral!

My Sister’s Intended (Serendipity #1)

by Rachael Anderson


About the Book

A shrill voice grated from across the room. “Prudence Edith Gifford!”

I LOVE Rachael Anderson’s Regency novels. They are so good!!! So far, I have read The Fall of Lord Drayson and The Rise of Miss Notley, two stories I absolutely recommend if you have not already read them. When I saw that My Sister’s Intended released I squealed with joy and immediately purchased it.

Look at that gorgeous cover! It screams, “Read me!” The single red rose against the beautiful heroine’s white dress. The ethereal lighting. The gorgeous flowering garden. It’s all so lovely.

Check back soon for my full review of this story + an opportunity to win a copy of the book!

I hope you have an excellent Friday, and a restful weekend!

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).

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


I love Jesus, my husband, and my daughter. I love reading and reviewing Christian fiction. And, I am a high school English teacher trying to get kids to fall in love with reading every day!

38 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #36

  1. I’m also sharing a Regency romance on my blog today – Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller. It’s one of my favourite settings. I’ll have to check My Sister’s Intended with that beautiful cover and great first line.

    I’m currently reading an advance copy of Falling for You by Becky Wade. It doesn’t release until 1 May, but I loved True to You and I have no self-control when it comes to Becky Wade, so here are the opening lines:

    “I discovered a secret.”
    Corbin Stewart looked sharply at twelve-year-old Charlotte Dixon. “What kind of a secret?”

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  2. I LOVE Regency! I’ll have to look into books by this author based on your recommendation in this post. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, I definitely recommend Rachael’s Regency books. I also recommend Carolyn Miller’s books, too. If you haven’t read any of her book then you are in for a treat! Have a great weekend!


  3. I’ve read several of her contemporaries and really enjoyed them, but I haven’t read her Regencies yet. I really should!

    The book I’m featuring on my blog today is ‘Shadows of Hope’ by Georgiana Daniels, but I’m going to share the first line of my current read here: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart:

    “Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.”

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  4. Sleep, I need sleep. But instead of hitting the snooze button, I’m frantically charging along a downtown city sidewalk, weaving through throngs of Monday-morning business types who seem to be walking in every direction but mine.
    By TJ Amberson
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    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

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  6. Happy Friday! I really need to read more Regency!!

    My FLF comes from a book im starting soon, Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter……

    Playing house was just a little too easy for Hope Daniels. Her special chicken casserole waited in the oven, covered with foil; butter beans were simmering on the stovetop; and the yeasty smell of baked rolls hung in the air.

    Have a great weekend!😀

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  7. I enjoyed this book (wasn’t sure how the author was going to make it work when I was in the middle but she did a good job).

    I’m currently reading the First Love Forever Collection, so I’ll share the first line from the current novella I’m in, Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik:

    Travis McCaffrey stared at the front door of the mansion before him.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I will have to check that collections out. And, I also did not know how Ms. Anderson was going to work out Prudence’s story, but I love how she did. Have a great weekend!


  8. Here’s another Regency first line — from Sarah E. Ladd’s upcoming novel. “Alarm’s menacing sting pricked Kate Dearborn’s consciousness and hurried her steps.” — The Weaver’s Daughter

    Happy Friday!

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  9. The book I’m highlighting on my blog is The Mistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd. I will share here the first line of Chapter 11, which I’m currently reading. “A flurry of activity swirled in the recovering Rosemere.” Wishing you a blessed weekend.

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  10. Happy Friday! My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s book The Kremlin Conspiracy:

    “Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.”

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  11. Oh my goodness I LOVE this cover!! I have not read any of Rachel’s books, but I’m thinking that I want to look into them!!!!

    Happy Friday 🙂

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  12. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron but I’m sharing the book I’m currently (re)reading to get ready for the new Hallmark movie this weekend Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck: “What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words.” Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  13. I’m going to show the first line of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo:
    Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but the fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.
    Like you, I have several to read for review by a certain date. But this looks like an author I need to check out!
    Have a great weeken, Nicole!

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  14. I’m sharing from The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim on my blog today, and I’m currently reading a crochet book, so I’ll share from a recent read. Here’s the first line from the prologue of Julie Cantrell’s Perennials:

    “Summer 1979
    Oxford, Mississippi

    “Four!” Bitsy cheers, twisting the lid to her firefly jar.”

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  15. Happy Friday! My first lines:
    “The Humpback Bridge had stood for almost a millennium, the sole link between the nations of Rhannon and Rhylla. It was an impressive sight; at the bridge’s peak it curved over one hundred feet above the River Archior, spanning a vast body of water that flowed aquamarine in summer and gravestone grey in Winter.”
    It really sounds like a tale right?
    It’s from State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury.
    I’m nearly finished and if you love some fantasy in all shades of grey and …sorrow it’s the book you need.

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