Friday, March 17, 2017

First Line Fridays


I just finished reading The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller, which I will be reviewing soon.  So now I am in the process of reading A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd, which I will also be reviewing at the end of this month.  I love that the first novel was set in the Regency era in England, and that this second book is set in Victorian England.  The Victorian era has always been my favorite era regarding English literature, because there are so many wonderful authors writing novels during this period and there is also great change occurring in England alongside these stories.  Charles Dickens records so much of this English history within the pages of his novels, so that we may see a glimpse of what life was really like during these years.  And of course, Victoria herself is the Queen of England at this time.  If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend watching the series Victoria that recently aired on PBS.  As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:    

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:
  
A Lady in Disguise 
by Sandra Byrd 



And the first line is...

Hampshire, England 
Early April 1883

"I stood, that bleak day, in the graveyard in the village near Winton Park.  The chapel's stone gargoyles, pitted and blined by the elements, nonetheless mocked our mortality with their jeering grins." 

Happy reading and Happy Friday! 






22 comments:

  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm anxiously awaiting the release of A Lady in Disguise!

    Prologue

    Paige's Journal Entry

    During my time away, I often thought of home.

    Obsession by Rachel Trautmiller This novella is part of the boxed set Smoke and Mirrors: A Romantic Suspense Collection.

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    1. I highly recommend picking A Lady in Disguise up! I know...I pre-order so many books on Amazon. :)

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  2. Thank you so much for reading A Lady in Disguise ... and featuring the first line! Here's the first line from Etiquette for Gentlemen, a tiny research book on my desk:

    "He's a gentleman: look at his boots." (quoting George Bernard Shaw)

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    1. Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! That sounds like a really interesting research book. I remember the first time I read Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw...so good. :)

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  3. I tried a new author whom Carrie Pagels recommended because she needs reviews, and I am really enjoying it! My first line is: "Young lady, my marital status is none of your concern." from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff

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  4. Oops! I have Carrie on my mind because it's her new website launch today. I should have said it was recommended by Elaine Cooper.

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    1. No worries. :) Congratulations to Carrie on the website launch!

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  5. Loving these first lines!
    Someone in my church loaned me a book, a fictionalized true story, set in Mississippi and asked me to read it, so it's sitting beside me on the couch. I haven't actually begun the story yet, so the first line will be a surprise to me. Let's see what it says...

    "Mattie's heart pounded and her face felt flushed as she paused in the hallway and looked both ways to see if anyone was watching."

    Leave Me Where I Lie by Ellen Williamson

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    1. Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! You need to join in on the First Line Friday fun. :) Wonderful first line...I want to know what happens next! Why is Mattie so nervous? Who might be watching?

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  6. I am really enjoying this book. Happy Friday!

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  7. I have this on my TBR pile too! I just love Sandra's books! Don't you?!?! :D

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    1. This is actually the first book I have read by Sandra Byrd, and I am absolutely loving this story. :)

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  8. First line from a book I finished recently.
    Hillsdale, Michigan February 8, 1856 Midnight
    In ten minutes, the westbound train would reach the town Euphemia Roper once vowed to never set foot in again.
    From Laurie Alice Eakes “Collision Of The Heart”

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  9. Really enjoyed this first line, and having you stop by my stop today!

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    1. Thanks girl! I enjoy learning about the new mystery novels you highlight on your blog. :) My to-buy list is growing!

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  10. How wonderfully descriptive. Love it. Happy Friday!

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  11. Wow! What an opening! I'm featuring the first line from "If I'm Found" by Terri Blackstock on my blog. :-)

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    1. Wow...your line was super intense today! I wonder what happens next to this character?

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