29 Mar 2019

First Line Fridays: Lady of Conquest by Tamara Leigh

I have not posted in nearly 3 weeks. I was going to feature the first line from Carolyn Miller's latest novel A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh but I figured that a lot of other people are probably going to be including that particular book.

So I am featuring instead the first line from an novel I am currently reading from my Kindle Backlist: well actually I am listening to the audiobook, since I got the novel free a while back. 

Lady of Conquest is one of several clean read rewrites of a series of general market titles she wrote back in the 90s, and is actually one of the earliest of her novels- at least in terms of the setting. Its set in 1068, just a couple of years after the Battle of Hastings.
Or rather it was the earliest until the Publication of Merciless, the first title in Mrs Leigh's new series set just after the Norman Conquest late last year. The second book is due out in late April. 

Being from Sussex, the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest is an event I've always known about, and sort of always consider the Saxons as my people.
I like the cover a lot, and the blonde Lady looks very Saxon: apart from her impossibly small waist and the stone castle in the background. Castles at this time were made strictly of wood.
Anyway, without further ado, here is today's first line 

" A thousand times I curse you!” the fallen knight shouted at the one who cradled his head in her lap, whose blue skirts were stained purple with his blood"

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  1. Happy Friday!

    Today I am sharing the first two lines from The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason on my blog: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/03/29/first-line-friday-81/. Currently, I am reading A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I will share a line from that book here.

    "Willie carried two steaming bowls to the scarred table in the corner of the small kitchen."

    Hope your weekend is a good one. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

  2. Thank you for featuring Lady of Conquest's first line! Yes, that's a pretty narrow waist :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann:

    “Seated cross-legged on the floor of her bedroom with her two best friends, Clarise Aylward leaned forward and lit the candles on the birthday cake her mom had made for them.

  4. Well, he doesn't sound very grateful!

    My First Line is, "The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed."

    This is from The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by multiple authors.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings~ 💖

  5. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first line from Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosslin and Gretta Kennedy:

    "I was having one of those mornings."


  6. Wow! That's quite the opener. I'm featuring Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen today. Here is the first line from Chapter Nine:

    "This is it?" Jack peered at the rusty sign hung from the front of a rundown brick building.

    Happy Friday!

  7. I shared from Glory Road by Lauren Denton on my blog. Here is the first line of another book in my TBR stack, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. "A biting gust of Cornish wind screamed downward from the churning sky, billowing Cordelia Greythorne's jet-black traveling cape.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Yes, I'm posting from A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh today :) I'm currently up to Chapter Seven, and here's the first line:

    The next time at services Caroline did her best to recall why she attended, to fix her thoughts on the service and not on the gentleman seated two rows behind her on her left.

    I read and enjoyed all Tamara Leigh's contemporary romances, but have yet to sample any of her earlier reads. I'll have to get onto that ...

    Happy reading!


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