27 Jul 2018

First Line Fridays 34: The Regency Brides Romance Collection

Sooo much has been going on recently, last week I was coming back from holiday, so I took a break from posting. Today, I spent several hours an an annual Joust and Tournament event held at my local castle. Yup, that's one of the good thinks about living in Britain: we often have castles and other historic buildings within a few miles of us.
Possibly expect some pics from that soon, either here on the Facebook page.

Today I am sharing a first line from one of the stories in the Regency Brides Romance Collection , a collection of seven short Regency stories which was published late last year by Barbour. I'm onto the fourth of the seven stories called The Gentleman Smuggler's Bride by Michelle Griep. 

Ah, I'll bet you though I was going to share something from a Medieval book, didn't you? Nope, not today. This particular story is set in Cornwall with shades of Poldark: so without further ado here is my first line. 

1815 Port village of Treporth, Cornwall, England

          Pretend I am courageous. 
          Pretend my heart still beats. 
          Pretend all manner of blissful things 
          … and that I shall find him alive.
"Recreasing a worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news. No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment."

Good eh? Yes I know, I cheated and that this is actually several lines. About 5, but I felt it was necessary because it begins with those verses, and that the scene setting line ought to be included.

 As usual don't forget to click the link to see what the other members of the group are reading, or share your own first line.



  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery:

    “The letter was probably one more rejection Loni could add to all the others crumpled in her trash.”

  2. Definitely sounds interesting! I'll have to check it out. On my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff. Since I'm still reading the book, I will share the first two lines from chapter 8 here. "Jake finished hitching the wagon as the sun rose over the horizon. When he peered in the door of the soddie, Evangeline stood before him trying to press the wrinkles out of her green dress with her hands." Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Happy Friday! I need to read this collection - love Michelle Griep's writing.
    I'm sharing from a different book on my blog today, but my current lunchtime read is the second Lady Alkmene Cozy Mystery, Diamonds of Death by Vivian Conroy. Here are the first lines:

    "It was madness to do this on a night with a full moon. But then you had to be a little mad to do this work to begin with."

  4. Ooo Love the first line!
    The book I shared on my blog today is A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano but it's also the book I'm currently reading so I'll share the first line from chapter 3 here: "Squinting into the fog made orange by the rising sun, I strode through the sprawling vineyard in a nightdress and my tattered old garden cloak and pondered the odd whispers of my servant." Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! :)

  5. Happy Friday!

    Shades of Poldark? I'm in!

    I’m reading The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy right now, so here’s the first line: “Outlaws have too many feathers in their hats.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

  6. Happy Friday! My first line comes from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    London, 1913

    It was dark where she crouched but the little girl did as she'd been told.

  7. This collection is still sitting on my Kindle, unread. I'll have to get into it!

    I'm also sharing the first line of Miss Serena's Secret by Carolyn Miller on my blog, so I'll share the first line from the book I'm currently reading: Justice by Emily Conrad:

    "Snow floated onto Main Street, each flake large enough to catch the breeze like a parachute."


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