Welcome to another First Line Friday! I’ve got a bumper edition for you today with The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection, because you’ll be getting FIVE first lines! This collection will release on
1 March, but you can pre-order now by clicking on the links at the end of the next section. Here’s a little bit about the collection:
~ About the Book ~
Join the journey as one word etched in Latin on an ancient bronze bottle travels through the centuries to reach five young women who are struggling to maintain their faith in God and love. An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a message from the bottle just when they need their hope restored. But will the bottle also bring them each to a man whose love will endure?
The Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert
1170: County Kerry, Ireland
When a Viking bent on revenge mistakenly raids the castle of a bookish Irish princess, will she cast her fears aside to befriend the enemy, finally realizing God’s plan for her life?
A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes
1717: Scotland and England
When a Scottish story-weaver loses her family in a clan war, she finds herself aided by a handsome, secretive bagpiper in a race against time to reunite with someone she never dared hope she’d see again.
The Forgotten Hope by Maureen Lang
1798: New York
As a champion of the sick, a young New Yorker never doubted her worth until a new doctor arrives to work with her father, one who believes her to be nothing more than a social butterfly. Can she gain his respect—and his love?
A River Between Us by Jocelyn Green
1864: Roswell, Georgia
When a Georgian cotton mill worker is arrested and sent North, the Union officer who tries to protect her is the last person she wants to forgive—and the only man who can bring hope and healing to her heart.
The Swelling Sea by Joanne Bischof
1890: Coronado Island, California
After washing ashore on the California coastline, a young woman’s yearning to discover her past leads her to the courageous oarsman who helps her find the key.
And now, without further ado, the first lines:
1170 AD, Ciar’s Kingdom, Ireland
The skies were as unsettled as her own future.
1715, Argyllshire, Scotland
“Are ye ready, miss?”
Meg’s stomach twisted at Mother Aila’s question.
June 1798, New York City
Abigail Van de Klerk opened the door to the house she shared with her father on Pearl Street.
July 6, 1864, Roswell, Georgia
Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.
Late June 1890, Coronado Island, California
Cold water slid across his body, the dip and rise of the swell bringing challenge to his course.
Whew! I think this gets the prize for the longest First Line post I’ve done yet! And we get to welcome another new member to our First Line Friday family today: Hello and welcome to Amanda Tero!
Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:
Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken // Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews //
Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama // Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish // Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly // Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes //
Andi ~ Radiant Light // Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower // Robin ~ Robin’s Nest //
Sydney ~ Singing Librarian // Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise
If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.