First Line Friday #33

The book I’m featuring today is “A Civil Contract” by Georgette Heyer who died in 1974. This author essentially established the historical romance genre and, in particular, regency romance. Since I’m in the process of editing the draft of my second regency romance, I wanted to read another book from the expert. Her writing style is different from authors today, but her books are a pleasure to read and there is much historical romance writers can learn from her novels. This book is not a Christian book, but it is a clean read, along the lines of Jane Austen.

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And the first line is…

“The library at Fontley Priory, like most of the principal apartments in the sprawling building, looked to the south-east, commanding a prospect of informal gardens and a plantation of poplars, which acted as a wind-break and screened from view the monotony of the fen beyond.”

Now a days, writers are discouraged from starting a book with descriptive writing about the scenery. However, this sentence does give you a sample of the beauty of Heyer’s writing and her ability to create a scene through proper use of the English language. There is no denying she was a gifted writer and it’s clear why she was enjoyed by many.

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 #28

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd.

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Darbury, England,
February 1816

“There was no doubt in William Sterling’s mind. He was being followed.”

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 #27

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is The Social Tutor. It’s an enjoyable clean romance written by a new author, Sally Britton.

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November 1st, 1811

“”Waiting on a letter one knows to be full of exciting news is an excruciating experience,” Christine Devon said, slumping in her chair in a most unladylike manner.”

Trying to please a domineering and selfish father, Christine longs for her season in London hoping her success will finally win her father’s affection, but her bumbling attempts at proper etiquette in her small, home community causes her to realize she needs help. She strikes a bargain with Mr. Thomas Gilbert, who has need of her horses to establish his stables. He begins to tutor her in proper behavior for a young lady who is seeking matrimony. While spending time with Mr. Gilbert, feelings begin to awaken that could collapse her father’s ambitions. The story flowed nicely and the characters are well developed. I enjoyed this author’s writing style and look forward to reading more from this author.

 

New Release

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will be released on Kindle within the next couple of days!!! The hard copy will be ready in a couple of weeks. I will share the link with you as soon as it is ready for purchase.

This has been one of the most exciting endeavors I’ve ever undertaken and this has been one of the most frustrating endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. BUT…I am willing to do it all over again as I’m starting to work on the second book in this series.

After you finish reading this novel, let me know who you think the second book should be about. I’ve already made my choice, but it might give me ideas for my third book.

Click on my Home button (above) to see a brief description of Reluctant to Wed.