20 Sept 2019

First Line Friday: Peaceweaver by Deborah Kinnard

Today I am including another book from my Kindle backlog. Peaceweaver by Deborah Kinnard is set in an usual time and place: Medieval Wales. The 10th century, to be precise. 

I consider Wales to be the forgotten part of Britain, especially when it comes to Christian fiction. Everyone knows about Scotland and Ireland and their supposed 'Celtic' heritage, but poor Wales gets forgotten, despite the fact that the Welsh as the descendants of the Romano-Britons may have embraced Christianity before anyone else in Britain.
Yup, that's right: its possible the Welsh are descended from the original people of Britain who intermarried with the Romans and became Christian in Roman times.

This title is now, sadly out of print since the Publisher went out of business last year, but I purchased the novel on Kindle a couple of years before that, so its still available in my library and the author says she might independently republish it at some point.

About the Book

Young Anmair is smart, stubborn and worth more than a marriage pawn in 10th century Wales. Her father, however, has other plans, and gives her in wedlock to a man she’s never met.

She finds her bookish new husband is as averse to marriage as she. In a world of Viking raids, territorial wars, and family treachery, Anmair must both prove herself worthy of true love, and a woman who can hold the Faith Box. She and Cadell must work together to weave a tapestry of peace.

Welsh pronounciation is tricky, but think the correct way to pronounce this name is An-Mare, and the 'f' in Welsh sounds like 'v' so the last part is Evan. The place name Clwyd sounds like Kloo-Id.

Got that right? Congratulations you've spoken a couple of syllables of what might be the the oldest surviving language in mainland Britain.

Have Fun, and don't forget to comment with your own First Line 



  1. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first lines from Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson: "Gabriel Avery hit the unforgiving pavement with a grunt."


  2. Today on my blog I shared from Something Needs to Change by David Platt. Right now I'm about to start The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey so I'll share the first line from that here: "Fire ripped through Finn's right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm." Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Happy Friday! My first line(s) is from "I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore!" by Dianne Barker:

    "Weddings make me laugh. It's that pledge to the spouse, "All my worldly good I thee endow." If my husband had only known!"

  4. I hope she republishes it, it does sound interesting. I’m sharing from Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy on my blog today, so I’ll share the second line:

    “She smiled inside, but kept the emotion tucked away.”

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!


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