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.

 

First Line Friday #32

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is The Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark.

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Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming Territory

August 1868

“Next Stop, Whisper Creek!” 

Audrey Prescott caught her breath. They were almost there!

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 to, 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 read 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.

 

First Line Friday #31

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Mail-Order Revenge by Angela K. Couch. As much as I enjoy mail-order bride novels, I wasn’t drawn to reading this one because a vengeful bride doesn’t normally appeal to me. However, I finally decided to give the book a try. The heroine’s character was developed well enough so the reader might understand the reason for her anger. I personally could not imagine responding in the same manner if I had been in her shoes. Yet, we are all different, of course, so perhaps someone else might take revenge to the degree the heroine did in the story. The writing was good. The hero swoon worthy.

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New York, 1882

It had to be him. Elizabeth Landvik’s pulse sped as she read the advertisement yet again.

 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 to, 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 read 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.

 

First Line Friday #30

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund. I read this book about a year ago, and loved it. The setting is the coast of Michigan, which is especially sweet for me since that is my home state.

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Presque Isle, Michigan

June 1859

“The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

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 to, 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 read 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.

 

First Line Friday #26

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer. I have yet to read a book by this author that I do not like.

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Cold Spring, Texas — 1868

Peace and quiet. That’s all he sought.

Don’t you just have this sneaking suspicion that he isn’t going to find peace and quiet? I love this author’s writing style, romance, humor, and spiritual encouragement. The characters are well developed. I fell in love with the main characters of this story. This is a novella, so it’s short, but I didn’t feel deprived. It’s complete and the ending is great. It held my attention from start to finish.

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 to, 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 read 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 book is about, read the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if it interests you.

 

First Line Friday #23

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is probably one of my all time favorite novels. It’s part of a wonderful series, but each novel can stand alone. The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick is a beautiful Christian historical romance where love comes after the marriage vows have been spoken.

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Prologue

Windsor Castle

1531

“What of Vincent of Stone Lake? He’s a loyal lord.”

The king commands Bracken to take Megan of Stone Lake as his wife. He is captivated with her right away, but he’s unskilled in love and isn’t used to sharing his thoughts and feelings. He’s more used to giving commands and expecting immediate obedience.

Megan is rather independent and used to being pushed away because of the dysfunctional home she grew up in. She spent more time away from her family than with them.

They marry because the King commanded it, but now they must find a way to understand and get to know each other. Love slowly grows in both main characters. She tries to please him by finding ways to help make his castle more efficient, which only causes him to think she doesn’t believe he knows how to run his castle. On the other hand, he tries to protect her by taking some of her freedoms, but doesn’t bother explaining why he is doing so. Lack of communication leads to misunderstandings until he almost loses her.

There are fascinating side characters in this novel. I loved Bracken’s family. Where Megan’s family is a sad situation that causes her no end of heartache, his is warm and wonderful. They welcome her with open arms and she experiences the warmth of family her heart has always longed for.

This is a beautiful story that was worth every moment of my time. Loved it!

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 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 read 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 book is about, read the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if it interests you.

 

First Line Friday #22

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is A Worthy Pursuit by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer.

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February 1891

Austin, Texas, Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths

“I’m closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that’s my final word on the subject.”

Charlotte Atherton is a teacher on the run. A wealthy railroad investor hires bounty hunter, Stone Hammond, to return his abductor granddaughter to him. Stone never comes home empty-handed, and he has no intention of doing so this time either. However, when Miss Atherton produces documentation stating she is Lily’s legal guardian, Stone must decide whether the teacher is a villain or a victim. Being forced to spend time together causes him to see Charlotte Atherton in a new light and his heart doesn’t remain untouched.

Anytime you pick up a Karen Witemeyer novel, you will not be disappointed.

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 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 read 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 book is about, read the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if it interests you.

First Line Friday #21

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser.

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Stone Creek, Michigan

1900

“Sophia Bidershem jerked awake as the train whistle blew.”

I haven’t finished reading this book yet. I’m about halfway through it, so I can give a little glimpse as to what you can expect. What is unique about this book is the subject of single girls who found themselves in the most uncomfortable position of being with child. Some through promiscuous living, while other were seduced into believing this is how you show true love, while other’s were forced to submit. The pastor of the town feels burdened to start a home that will house these ladies and allow them the opportunity to keep their children or, if they prefer, give them up for adoption. Sophie arrives in town with a two-year-old child she claims is her sister, but you realize right away it’s actually her daughter. She feels terrible about the lie, but fears for her illegitimate child and how she might be treated hold her back from admitting the truth. The pastor and Sophie feel drawn to each other, but how will he react when he finds out Sophie has been lying? What will he do when the people in town find out the truth about Sophie? He’s still new in town and likes his new position. Will he choose to stand with Sophie and her child, and risk losing his job? The thing I wonder most about is, how will the ladies in such a home be treated by the town’s people? Will they truly be accepted or always looked down upon by many of their neighbors. How will their children be treated once they begin attending school? If you consider society’s frame of mind on this subject back in 1900, this is a situation that has countless obstacles to overcome. I will keep reading to see how the author brings about a happy ever after.

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 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 read 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 book is about, read the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if it interests you.

 

Which is Your Favorite Genre?

When you are on Amazon or browsing through a bookstore, which is the genre or type of book you are most drawn to? I mean as far as fiction is concerned, which genre do you gravitate toward?

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Mine is most certainly the genre I’m writing in. I love Christian Historical Romance. It doesn’t necessarily need to be filled with a bunch of facts about a different time period. I just need enough information to place my mind in the appropriate setting. Correct word usage is important, as well as the proper clothing the characters wear, tools they use, transport they use, etc. I don’t need a history lesson, since, after all, this is a fiction. I just want to feel like I’m living through those characters and facing their challenges and the limitations of that time period.

Personally, I love books in variety of historical settings, but I seem to gravitate toward Regency England (Napoleonic Era and into the early 1800s), Pioneer, and Westerns. I have been known to read Colonial, Civil War, Victorian, Medieval, and several others. Very rarely, but on occasion, I read a contemporary fiction. For me it’s more about the people than the location. If the book has a great description, I’ll try something outside of my favorite genre.

How about you?

Which fiction genre do you enjoy reading the most?