17 Jan 2020

First Line Friday: The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey

Its my first FLF post of 2020. The group hosted by Hoarding Books

Today I am featuring a book that was published late last year, but I've only just started reading it. Its set in Wales at the turn of the 15th century, when the country was on the verge of rebelling against the new King of England. There really was a rebellion in Wales in the early 1400s, against King Henry IV of England, and it was led by a Welsh National hero by the name of Owen Glendower, or as my Welsh friends would tell me to spell it Owain Glyndwr.

The hero is of this novel was a a cousin of Glyndwr, who comes from an Old Welsh family by the name of Tudur. Ring a bell?

September 1400

King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty’s service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long- anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.

Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.

 The First Line: 

 What about you? What are you reading and what's the First Line? 



  1. My first line is from Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason:
    Forward Operating Base camp Charles. Afghanistan, September
    Sergeant First Class Asher James stared at Captain Phillip Newell, sure that he’d heard wrong.

  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from "A Family to Call Ours" by Merrillee Whren:

    "The sideways rain drenched Caleb Fitzpatrick as he slogged down Maine Street."

  3. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first line from A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate: "Samuel Payton was an idiot." 🤣


  4. Happy Friday!
    On my blog I'm sharing the first line from Lone Star Ranger by Renae Brumbaugh Green: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/01/17/first-line-friday-119/. I'm currently on chapter 6, so I'll share the first line from there.
    "Easy, now," Elizabeth whispered, working to keep fear from her voice.
    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

  5. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first lines from Guarded by Sara Davison on my blog today, so here’s a semi-random line from Chapter 8:

    “I don’t do relationship advice, so you, Nicole, and God are going to have to work this out amongst yourselves.”


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