8 May 2020

First Line Fridays: Robin Hood's Widow by Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer

I know, I have not done a FLF post for what, 2 months now. I've been very remiss. My post today is to celebrate the release (it comes out today!) of the second book in The Robin Hood Trilogy, co-authored by two lovely ladies Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer. 

The first book came out in early 2018: you can read my review of it here. Y'all know I'm a sucker for Medieval Fiction and Robin Hood's Dawn was one of my favourite books for 2018. Although its categorized as a General Market title I made the exception of featuring it on this site. Several of the main characters have an active faith, and this is represented in a positive and sympathetic way: albeit one which is consistent with the time period. The 12th century. 

This isn't about the first book though. The long-awaited sequel is out. I had the honour of being offered an ARC to read by the author last year, and I loved it. If you want a female led Robin Hood retelling, that's historically accurate, but also has plenty of adventure and a dash of romance they the Robin Hood Trilogy is certainly for you. Also, my Christian readers might want to note that this series is, generally, clean. 
(There's one or two scenes in the first book that might make a few people blush, and the bad language is relegated to the occasional oath in the name of a Saint. Pretty much consistent with the time period.) 

So without further ado, here's the book: 

Robin’s duty to his king sends him on an odyssey that will unfold from the streets of Paris to the banks of the Danube. From incredible triumphs on the battlefields of the Crusade, to harrowing sea voyages, to a desperate dash across the frozen landscape of Central Europe, Robin Hood must ensure that King Richard safely returns to England.

Meanwhile, the outlaws of Sherwood Forest rise again under a new leader – and she is unwavering in her pursuit of justice against the tyranny of Sheriff de Argentan. Marian endures the heartbreak of widowhood only to find strength and purpose as she leads a small band of devoted men in her quest for vengeance while she protects Robin’s legacy.

Sir Guy of Gisborne, tormented by his conscience and enslaved by the sheriff, faces the wraith-like fury of the woman he once loved. How do you find forgiveness when you have committed an unforgivable crime? He must attempt a daunting journey of redemption, while finding inspiration from an unexpected source.
And through it all, Robin, Marian, and Guy are entangled in a web of treachery spun by the King of France and his sinister advisor, Montlhéry, as the plot to dismantle the Angevin Empire and take the throne of England from the Plantagenets boldly continues.

Part two of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

and the First Line comes from the Prologue...

9 April 1192. North of Poitiers, On the banks of the Clain River 

"Bracing herself against a tree, Marian gasped for air, clutching her side as she struggled to catch her breath"

Also on Kindle Unlimited



  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Stay With Me” by Becky Wade:

    “The hallway floor jolts downward beneath my feet, throwing me off balance.”

  2. Happy Friday!

    This book sounds really interesting, and that's a great first line!

    On my blog today, I'm sharing the first line from The Traitor's Pawn by Lisa Harris:

    "Watch Your Back.....this isn't over."

    Have a great rest of your weekend :)

  3. Happy Friday! 🙂
    Today on my blog I'm sharing from Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson. It's an excellent novel! Currently I'm reading Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I'm on chapter 19, so I'll post a line from there.
    "It shouldn't surprise us that someone else lives at the address from 1998."
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you for featuring Robin Hood's Widow on your blog today! If anyone wants to read more of the prologue, the entire prologue and several scenes are available at our website at the following link:

    1. Thanks for sharing that Jennie. I might add that to the post.

  5. Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared the first line from This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche but I'm currently reading Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay so I'll share the first line from my current chapter (17) here: "Alyssa was sitting at her dad's old desk sorting through her notes on Jeremy's data when her mom walked through the back door and into the kitchen." Hope you have a great reading weekend!

  6. My first line is from Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano:
    September 1886
    The truth of the matter was this—she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she’d had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail…twice.


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