Friday, August 4, 2017

First Line Fridays

This week I wanted to feature a book that I was so excited to find at the library.  Months ago, I was browsing all the dozens of shelves at a used bookstore when I came across this series by Stephanie Barron.  I didn't know anything about her except that she wrote mystery novels featuring the world of Jane Austen.  Typically, I do not care for modern books that feature characters from classic works; however, these stories looked really excellent and interesting.  I decided to purchase the first book--even though there were several volumes to pick from--in order to give it a try.  Of course, I decided that I loved the book, and when I went back to purchase the other volumes, they were all gone!  Note to self, when you are at a used bookshop, buy every book you can...especially when the book you buy is part of a series.  So, I have not seen these books since then--until at the library this week.  Thankfully, I will be able to read the first four books, and I will probably highlight each one here on First Line Fridays.  :)

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 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Anna from Romances of the Cross 
And I want to welcome Nicole to the First Line Fridays fun!   

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: 

Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor
by Stephanie Barron

And the first line is...

Journal entry, 11 December 1802,
written in the small hours

"'What do you make of it, Jane?'  The countess of Scargrave asked.  Her fingers gripped my elbow painfully.  I gazed at the recumbent form of her husband with dismay.  Frederick, Lord Scargrave, was decidedly unwell--so unwell that I had been called to his bedside an hour before dawn, an indiscretion the Earl would never have allowed while possessed of his senses.  I pulled the collar of my dressing gown about my neck and placed my free hand over the Countess's."   

Happy reading and happy Friday!  


  1. London. May 1914. Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight. From A Name Unknown by Roseanna White! Loving this book. Can’t get enough Roseanna!

  2. Ooh that certainly captures the attention.

    Here is mine:

    “I never meant for any of it to happen.”
    The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

    1. This is an excellent book! Fun is written by a fellow Liberty University Alumni. :)

  3. I loved this series!

    November 12, 2011

    This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room. A Season to Dance - Patricia Beal

    1. I'm so happy to hear that you loved this series! I can't wait to finish reading the first four books. Happy Friday! P.S. I recently downloaded A Season to Dance to my Kindle. :)

  4. That is my philosophy whenever I go to Half Price Books. It's what gets me into trouble and why I just *had* to get another five shelf bookcase. Happy Friday!

    1. I think that philosophy makes perfect sense to me. :) Happy Friday!

  5. Oh, I want more! Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. That sounds like a cool premise!

    Now that I have a bookshelf within reach of my desk, I'm grabbing one I hope to read this year.
    "Romulus White stood motionless in the crowded ballroom, staring at a woman he'd once longed for more than his next breath of air."
    - From this Moment, by Elizabeth Camden

    1. I understand the bookshelf issue...I need more bookshelves. I just downloaded From this Moment to my Kindle. :) Happy Friday!

  7. What an intriguing first line! I've never heard of Stephanie Barron ... I'll have to check her out.

    I'm sharing the first line from The Space Between Words on my website. I hope you stop by and check it out.

    1. I's amazing how much of an impact a first line makes. I know my book collection has grown since being a part of First Line Fridays. :) Happy Saturday!

  8. That sounds interesting. I like books that include some journal entries! Happy Friday 😁