First Line Friday #35

The book I’m featuring today is Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy. This is one of my favorite novels written by this author. Although I read it several years ago, I decided to feature it this week.

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Mosqueros, Texas, 1867

“Sophie heard God in every explosion of thunder as she listened to the awesome power of the approaching storm.” 

Mary Connealy’s heroine, Sophie, does not have the luxury of being a weak female. She’s had a difficult and challenging life, and she’s doing her best not to be defeated no matter how impossible her situation might be. Her husband is dead and she is left with young daughters to raise in a land run mostly by vigilantism.

A stranger arrives who looks strangely familiar and wishes to help Sophie and her girls. The villain wants Sophie’s ranch no matter the cost.

This story is fast paced and hard to put down. It is humorous, mysterious, suspenseful, inspirational, and romantic all mixed together in one delightful read.

Now it’s your turn. First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then, if you’d like, check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog and on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post. You might find a book you would like to purchase simply by reading the first line. You can also click on the title of the book above and it will take you to Amazon so you can see what the featured book is about, check out the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if you’d like.


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Anneliese Dalaba


18 thoughts on “First Line Friday #35”

  1. There’s something about thunder storms, isn’t there?

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘Dancing in the Rain’ by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I’m currently up to chapter eleven, so here’s the first line from chapter eleven:

    “Nervous energy filled Loni’s stomach as her plane made its descent into Blountville, Tennessee.”

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    1. I’ve felt nervous energy on airplane landings, too. Partly from the excitement of arriving in a new place and partly because what if the wheels of the plane don’t come out or the wind causes the plane to land on its wing instead of the wheels. Crazy thoughts like that. 🙂 Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


  2. Great first line! I love storms! I love watching the lightning flash it jagged arch across the sky. It’s been a few years since I’ve read this series, but I do remember enjoying it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Great first line. I will have to check this book out!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from To Kill a Mockingbird — one of my most favorite books ever written. So here I will share from the book I am currently reading, The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. I am just beginning chapter 14, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Try as I might, I can’t release Sam’s kiss from my memory.”

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. This looks like a really good book!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Unblemished by Sara Ella but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 4 here: “The expression on El’s face before the wall closed was all the proof I required.” Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend! 🙂

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  5. I really love that cover!

    Today I’m sharing lines from Kat Mizera’s Smitten in Santorini.

    “Melina Lakkas was having the mack daddy of bad days.”

    I hope you are having a better day than she is!

    I’m featuring lines from Kate Wiloughby’s upcoming sports romance Clean Sweep on my blog. I hope you can stop by.

    Happy Reading! Janine from @The World Was Hers for the Reading

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  6. That sounds really intriguing, and I love the cover! So carefree! Happy Friday! I shared from The Guests on South Battery over on my blog, but here I’ll share from Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen,

    “Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my mama never let me forget it. That’s right. Royal blood runs purple through my veins.”

    Happy Friday!

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