Welcome to First Line Fridays, the reading group in which we share First Lines and our love of books.
This week I am including the First Line from a book that I have recently finished reading (normally I feature books I am reading, or I'm about to read).
London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.
William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.
William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.
Can two hearts survive such deception?
Although its only October, I'm sharing the first line from the latest novel in Michelle Griep's Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. I really, really enjoyed this book, and I will be getting my review up soon. Very occasionally, Amazon have cheap paperbacks of Barbour titles, so hopefully one day I can get this one in paperback.
Each chapter begins with a short passage from some writing by Charles Dickens, so I am skipping that, and starting with the actual first line:
"In the tiny back courtyard of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her fact to the October sun."
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