First Line Friday – 24 February 2017 – The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection


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.

Amazon US  //  Amazon AU  //  iBooks  //  Goodreads  //  Koorong

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.

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27 Responses to First Line Friday – 24 February 2017 – The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection

  1. lelandandbecky says:

    Sounds like good reading! My first line is: “The cheerful yellow house didn’t look all that imposing as Silas Jones stood in front of its fence for the fourth time that day.”
    From For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite

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  2. amandatero says:

    Thanks so much for the welcome! 🙂 Happy to be a part!!

    This week’s first line is from the favorite, Pride and Prejudice. 😉
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

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  3. Bree Herron says:

    LOVE these line! And I always enjoy reading these collections. Happy Reading!
    “The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado.”-Fatality by Firelight
    A Cat Latimer Mystery, Book 2
    by Lynn Cahoon

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  4. carylkane says:

    OOOOOOOO! I’m excited to read The Message in a Bottle Collection!

    It was the second time in fifteen minutes that the power had gone out at the church, and it was noticeably darker this time. The Reason by William Sirls

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

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  5. Happy Friday!

    My line is from “Women of the Twelfth Century” by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph, because, ELEANOR 🙂

    “Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud – in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France – one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard’s brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204.”

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  6. Heather says:

    I love novella collections! 🙂

    An Uncertain Choice
    by Jody Hedlund

    And the first line is…

    Montfort Castle, Ashby
    In the year of our Lord 1390

    “My slippered feet slapped the dirt road, and my heart hammered aginst my chest like a battering ram.”

    Happy reading and Happy Friday!

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  7. singinglibrarian2015 says:

    I found the box in the attic of an old farmhouse in Norway.
    ~East by Edith Pattou

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  8. Beth Erin says:

    I’m beyond excited about that book!!!

    A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall of the wedding chapel.
    The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin

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  9. Andi says:

    I have this one, just haven’t started it yet.

    1297 BC

    Naomi lifted the hem of her robe as her feet fairly flew down Bethlehem’s streets toward the outskirts of town.
    Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

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  10. Walking down the main street in Deadwood is like stepping onto hell’s front porch.
    ~A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Rachel D. says:

    “Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.” – From Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles! Happy Friday!!!!

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  12. Amanda Dykes says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I had so much fun reading through the comments. First lines fascinate me– if I could, I would just write first lines for the rest of my life. I am between fiction books at the moment, but can’t wait to see what awaits in the next first line! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Carrie says:

    yay!! I can’t wait to read this series! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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